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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.
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.
Looking to create a good first impression when guests visit your home? Upgrading your handle set is an easy way to do so. Choose from many styles of handlesets above in various finishes. Rather than having just a regular doorknob and deadbolt on your front door, give your front door the elegance of a quality handleset. We now have many handle sets to choose from in all of the popular finishes. Handle sets are also available with many different trim options on the interior. For example, if you are ordering an entire house worth of egg shapped doorknobs, you can get your entrance handle set with an egg shaped door knob on the interior to match your other doors. This provides continuity throughout the home, while setting your entry door apart from the rest. Handle sets generally do not lock on the handle part, but do come with a deadbolt to secure the door. We can key your entry set alike the rest of your doorknobs if you order the same brand. Handlesets are available with single cylinder or double cylinder deadbolts, or as a dummy set. What is the difference? Here are a couple of examples to help you decide which would work best for you.
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, a lot of people prefer to install a double cylinder deadbolt. A double cylinder deadbolt is keyed on both sides. So 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, he still would not be able to unlock the door. Keep in mind that this is not always recommended as you would not be able to get out of the home quickly in the event of a fire as you would 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 handle sets. 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 gives you the look of a complete working set, but doesn't have all of the mechanisms - perfect for an inactive door.