Door Handles. Wednesday , September 12th , 2018 - 13:13:35 PM
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.
In terms of materials used, these are the types of handles commonly found in use. Cast Brass - can be copper finished; nickel or chrome plated; bright satin finished; antique finished. Cast or sheet aluminium alloy - usually anodized; with matt, dyed, satin bright or natural finishes. Metal sheet - can be copper oxidized or stove enameled finish, both black. Wooden handle - made of solid wood with some intricate and ornate carvings in base plate (in lever latch types). Others are plain solid wood for a minimalist design.
And, as if all of those choices are not enough, both bronze handles and stainless steel door handles are available in a number of finishes for you to choose from. Both varieties are available in matte or gloss finishes. Stainless steel can be finished in a range of colors - white, black, gunmetal gray, and more. Bronze can be finished with varying levels of the golden coppery shade that bronze is known for. Both can be tooled so that they have wonderful texturing. Again, the choice is yours and, you might be pleasantly surprised at the variety of designer handles you have to choose from when you look. Aesthetics aside, bronze door handles and stainless steel pull handles are remarkably strong and easy to care for. Because bronze and stainless steel are both alloys, they are incredibly strong - that means that they are hard to dent, ding, or scratch, no matter what you do to them. It also means that a soft dry cloth is the only equipment required to keep your designer handles nicely polished and glistening.
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