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Door Hardware Basics
Most door hardware will fit the following door preparation. If you have something different, please contact us so we can help you find exactly what you need.
Looking to create a great first impression when guests visit your home? Upgrading your handleset is an easy way to do so. Rather than a standard, run-of-the-mill doorknob and deadbolt on your front door, choose to make it a highlight of your home with a quality handleset. For instance, if you're ordering oval doorknobs to outfit your entire home, you can also have an oval-shaped doorknob on the interior to match your other doors. This streamlines the aesthetic appeal of your door hardware throughout the home while setting your entry door apart. In this collection, we offer a variety of handlesets in styles and finishes to perfectly complement your doors and home exterior. Handlesets are available with single or double cylinder deadbolts, or for inactive doors, as a dummy set. What is the difference between these handlesets? Here are a few examples to help you decide which will work best for your doors.
NOTE: When ordering handlesets, please be sure to order the same brand door handle as the rest of your doorknobs if you want them keyed alike.
Single Door Entry
Usually if you have just one door, you'll want a handleset with a single cylinder deadbolt. The deadbolt will lock with a key on the outside and lock or unlock with a thumb turn on the inside. If you have a glass front door, you'll want to consider the double cylinder deadbolt handleset as described below.
Glass Entry Door
It is not uncommon for a home to have a full or even half glass front door. In this case, many people prefer to install a double cylinder deadbolt. A double cylinder deadbolt is keyed on both sides. Rather than have a thumb turn on the inside, it has a keyhole like the outside does. The reason people like these is that if a burglar were to break the glass, they wouldn't be able to unlock the door. Keep in mind that this is not always recommended, as you wouldn't be able to get out of the home quickly in the event of a fire since you'd have to find the key to unlock the door. These should only be used where there is another escape route easily accessible.
Double Door Entry
If you have a double front door where one side is generally inactive while the other is always active, you will need a combination of two handlesets. For the active side, you'll need a handleset with a single cylinder deadbolt. Usually, the active side will close and latch to the inactive side and the deadbolt is latched into the inactive door edge. For the inactive door, you'll want to order a dummy handleset. This provides the look of a complete working set without the mechanisms - perfect for an inactive door.
With handleset options from Emtek, Grandeur, Baldwin, and more, find the right handleset in the finish and style to complete your doors. Should you have any other questions about our inventory of door handlesets, feel free to call us at 307-886-9449 or text 307-352-9449 for more information.