Door Hardware – It’s Not Just Handles And Locks!

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by Scott Blackwood No Comments

When you’re designing new timber doors and considering what type of hardware will look and function best, you’re probably thinking about the handles and locks. There are indeed plenty of different options for handles, doorknobs, traditional locks, electronic security locks and more. But that’s not the only hardware you need to consider. Depending on the style and size of your new doors, you’ll also have to think about the following:

Hinges

A timber door needs a hinge that is supportive enough to carry its weight without placing excess stress on the door itself. If you’re going for a clean modern look, you’ll also want something unobtrusive. A Taurus Installations rep will be able to identify the right hinges for your new door design.

Knockers

Door knockers are disappearing from modern design, as more and more people get doorbells or electric buzzers. However, they can be a pleasant highlight against traditional timber doors.

Signs/numbers

Does your street number appear on your letterbox, front gate or front door? If it’s your door, does your new front door design allow space for brass/stainless steel street numbers?

Door closers

A door closer is a hydraulic mechanism that ensures that doors are slowly and gently closed. They may be ideal for heavy doors which may otherwise make a loud banging noise when let go quickly or slammed. They can be fitted to either the interior or exterior, depending which way the door opens.

Sliding door systems

We offer a range of sliding door systems, to help you close doors easily and really open up your back rooms. Try stacking doors to maintain floor space when doors are open.

Bolts and chains, including flush bolts

There are plenty of different security conscious options to choose from. If you’re designing double doors, consider a flush bolt on the fixed side.

Weather seals

Weather seals are an absolute essential for ensuring that your doors are environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Choose from different styles including brush seals and rubber door seals, depending on the flooring surface on either side of the door.

Floor / wall stops

Floor and wall stops are pieces of hardware that attach not to the door itself, but to the wall or floor at the base of where the door is in its fully open position. They’re designed to prevent damage and slamming noises when the door is opened quickly. Added extras such as magnetic catches can help hold doors open.

Face plates / trim plates

These are the bits around the lock hole itself. Some people choose a basic face plate, some people prefer something that hides and blends in the lock, and some people prefer an ornate antique-style face plate- it’s all up to you.

Door viewers / peepholes

Another security add-on, door viewers are small holes in your door that allow you to see who’s at the front door without opening it – yet doesn’t let anyone see in. Choose from basic models or fully digital versions which can be integrated with a new or existing security system.

Decorative metal components incl. studs

There’s nothing more imposing or impressive than a heavy wooden door with metal studs or cast iron work overlaid. If you’re building, for example, a garage door on a heritage-style building, consider a little embellishment like this.