Door Handles. Monday , September 17th , 2018 - 08:34:42 AM
To most Americans, the terms handle and knob are synonymous. In Europe, however, door levers constitute the vast majority of door handles. Because of their utility and accessibility, door levers are gaining popularity in the United States. They are far easier for an individual physically challenged by arthritis, disease or injury to operate than round door knobs. While exterior and large door handles will eventually be supplanted by automatic opening mechanisms, door handles will continue to necessary for smaller doors on interior doors, cabinetry and other furniture for centuries to come.
When you consider that some 120 million doorways exist in the United States alone and another two million are installed each year, you can only imagine the vast number of door knobs. Going back in history, doors were initially made from textiles and animal hides. However, during the ancient Mesopotamia and Egyptian era, wooden doors were developed. Soon, materials for making doors expanded to include stone, glass, metal, and even paper. Doors throughout history have also changed regarding functionality. For instance, we still find doors of all types, those that roll, slide, swing, and fold. Of course, for doors to function, hardware is required to include door handles. Just as with doors, handles have a long history although these were first manufactured during the mid-19th century in America. The first handle was shaped like an egg and today, they are still found in many homes, especially older homes. Interestingly, because of the way this type of door handle is grasped, it has proved to be the easiest to open.
When it comes to choosing a door handle you may think a door handle is just that, right? Well that is one train of thought but it is important to make sure that you buy the right one for the right job for a variety of reasons. The first thing to think about is where is it going to be fitted, and I know the obvious answer is a door! But there is a little more to it than that, such as where is the door located, how much "Traffic" comes through it, and what type of traffic it is (In terms of people) to name but a few questions.
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