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Door Hardware Options

When you work with a door and window replacement service, you don’t just choose the door or the window; you also have the option of choosing the hardware that goes best with your door or window.

door hardware lever type doorknob

Your door’s hardware is its “lockset”, whether it has a locking mechanism or not. Locksets differ in style, material, and operability. While you can choose cheaper locksets, it’s never a bad idea to buy better and pricier hardware, as these generally perform better and last longer.

Here’s a short guide to door hardware selection.

Doorknob Options

Doorknobs are commonly round, but you can find lever-type doorknobs, which are often classier and easier to operate for people with mobility problems or arthritic hands. A simple doorknob is turned for operation, but a lever has a combination thumb-latch-and-handle for exterior doors.

How the Doorknob Attaches to the Spindle

Older style doorknobs have screws that are exposed. The knob, secured by the screws, attaches to a square threaded spindle. These are good, but they often come loose. When a knob comes loose, it can rotate in your hand and fail to detach from the spindle. The exposed screws are also ugly. Look for knobs from a reputable door and window company that don’t use any screws but a detent, which is a concealed device.

Lockset Options

There are many types of locksets for home use and other door purposes. However, most home doors use only four basic types of locksets.

  • Passage – This is a common lockset type for interior doors, including pantry and closet doors, as well as some bedrooms. They don’t have a locking mechanism and are purely for “passage” from one area in your home to another.

  • Privacy – This is mostly for interior doors, as well, with a “privacy side” that’s lockable. The lock is usually engaged by pushing or turning a button. There is no regular keyhole, but there might be a small hole for inserting an emergency key in case of emergency.

  • Keyed Entry – This is the type commonly used for exterior doors. It’s lockable on both sides. The outdoor side is lockable with a key, while the indoor side can be locked by turning or pushing a button.

  • Dummy – A dummy lockset does not lock or turn. It’s just there as a handle for opening a door. This is the common hardware for closet doors.

There are also some specialty locksets that are more technologically advanced, such as those that require a code to be entered before the lock can be disengaged. Renewal by Andersen® of Memphis, experts in house window replacement and door installation, can discuss your door hardware needs with you. Call us today at (901) 979-4460 or leave us a message here.


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