There are various different types of doorknobs available on the market today made by manufacturers around the world. Doorknobs are an integral part of our daily life, yet something most of us think very little about. Here on DirectDoorHardware.com you can purchase door knobs of just about any configuration that you need from replacing old vintage locks to the latest keyless knobs. Some of us only buy doorknobs just a few times in a lifetime. Others who have built homes or remodeled many times will purchase door knobs throughout their life. Whichever situation you find yourself in, it's worth taking a look at the different types of door knobs and what each manufacturer has to offer. It's always best to make a well informed decision than to regret the decision you made later. In this article we'll take a look at the different function of door knobs, and then do a brief overview of what each brand has to offer. You can also then click from here into each door hardware manufacturer to read more on how their locks work.
Door knobs are available in 4 main functions suited for specific residential applications. We also supply commercial door knobs, but we'll cover the available options for commercial door hardware in another article. First lets go over the options available for residential use.
Keyed Entrance Doorknobs
Generally used on exterior doors or really any door that needs the added security of a door lock. These locking door knobs have a keyed cylinder on the outside and if locked, require the user to have a key for entry. From the inside of the lock you can lock the door using a turn button, or push button/pin (depending on the brand). Some keyed entry locks will have a panic release feature where from the inside if the knob is turned the lock is deactivated for exit. Weslock doorknobs all have this panic release feature on keyed functions. If a lock does not have this panic release feature, you must turn the button to the unlocked position or the knob will not turn to disengage the latch mechanism. If you have several keyed locks in your project, we can key all locks alike if you wish.
Passage or Hall and Closet Door Knobs
Passage locks do not lock. These are generally used on hall doors or closets that do not need to be locked, but still need the functionality of a working doorknob on the door. Sometimes passage knobs are used on exterior doors where a deadbolt is mounted above.
Privacy or Bedroom and Bath Doorknobs
Privacy doorknobs are generally used on bedrooms and bathrooms for privacy - of course. These types of doorknobs have a locking mechanism, but don't have a keyed cylinder on the outside like an exterior lock. Privacy locks are not as secure as keyed entry locks because you can easily pick the lock open with a generic tool provided with the lock, a hairpin or paper clip. This capability to unlock is required so that you can gain access to a room should a child lock themselves in or similar circumstances. Like keyed entry locks, privacy knobs have a turn button or push button/pin (depending on the brand) on the inside of the door. You can find this panic release feature on Weslock, Emtek, Nostalgic Warehouse and Grandeur brand door locks.
Single or Double Dummy Door Knobs
Dummy door knobs are generally surface mounted to the door and do not have a latch mechanism of any kind. Dummy knobs are sold individually or in pairs (depending on the brand). On Direct Door Hardware's website it will tell you in the function menu whether the item is sold as a single dummy or dummy pair (double dummy).
What comes with a standard doorknob?
Most every major brand is designed to fit a standard 2 1/8" diameter bore hole, 1 3/8" - 1 3/4" thick door and either a 2 3/8" or 2 3/4" Backset. Strike plate sizes and faceplate sizes are also standard with most brands. These standard door prep measurements makes it easy to replace whatever you have with another brand or style.
Now that we've covered the different function available and what you can expect with most new knobsets, lets take a brief look at how each brand of door knob is made and what comes in the box.
|Sure-Loc door knobs are made of zinc die cast like nearly all the major brands are. Sure-loc's all metal parts construction makes them a great buy for the price. Sure-loc's door knobs are packed with an adjustable backset latch with a rounded corner removable faceplate. Once the faceplate is removed, you have a simple drive in latch. This gives you the flexibility of using the faceplate for a more refined look, or the simplicity of the drive in latch. Sure-Loc is also packed with the standard size strike with rounded corners and all necessary mounting screws.|
|Weslock doorknobs are also made of zinc die cast and all metal parts. I especially like Weslock's latch mechanism which is much heavier than other brands of similar zinc die cast construction. Weslock door knobs have a panic release feature on the privacy and keyed locks via a push button lock on the rosette. In the box you will find both rounded and square corner face plates and strikes, adjustable backset latch and all the mounting hardware you need. If you want a drive in latch you will have to request them before ordering as they are packed only with latches to be used with faceplates.|
|Schlage door knobs are very popular as they are probably the largest most used and known brand in North America. Schlage is also a zinc die cast knob. Their strength is that they are quite adjustable to whatever you need or are replacing. Schlage is packed with a latch with adjustable backset and can be used as a drive in, or with a rounded corner faceplate. All other necessary mounting hardware is included. Most schlage locks have a turn button lock, a few have a push button.|
|Weiser door knobs are also a zinc die cast. Similar to Schlage and Kwiset they are quite adjustable to whatever you need or are replacing. Weiser is packed with a latch with adjustable backset and can be used as a drive in, or with a rounded corner faceplate. All other necessary mounting hardware is included. Weiser locks have a turn button lock.|
|Kwikset door knobs are also a zinc die cast. Similar to Schlage and Weiser they are quite adjustable to whatever you need or are replacing. Kwikset is also packed with a latch with adjustable backset and can be used as a drive in, or with a rounded corner faceplate. All other necessary mounting hardware is included. Kwikset locks have a turn button lock.|
|Emtek door knobs are made of solid brass which gives them a heavier higher end feel. Emtek does not have adjustable backsets so you will need to know what you have before ordering. They are shipped standard with square corner faceplates and strikes, but you can get rounded corner or drive in latches by request. Emtek locks have push pin locks with panic release on their privacy locks while their keyed entry locks have a turn button locking mechanism.|