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    A Guide to Exterior Door Hardware

    ​While it can be easy to overlook when shopping for new doors, the exterior door hardware you choose is just as important as the materials and finish. Depending on your door's function in your home, there are several different exterior door hardware factors to consider.
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    Before you begin shopping for exterior door hardware, you first need to understand your security needs and your personal tastes, as well as what additional exterior door hardware you want to include in the finished product. Read on to learn more about exterior door hardware.

    Safety First

    Even the most state-of-the-art entry door can't prevent a burglary without a durable and reliable lock set. Traditionally, most front entryways include both a deadbolt and a keyed lock set for the door handle. Today, keyless exterior door hardware like keypads and card-swipes have also become increasingly popular.

    For front doors with glass inserts, double cylinder deadbolt locks require a key from both sides and prevent the door being unlocked from inside if the glass is broken.

    Additionally, you can always boost your home's security with a variety of technology for your home security. These include door alert system which can tell you if your door has been opened, as well as more advanced home camera systems.

    Don't forget your garage door! A secure front door does no good if burglars can get in through the garage. For optimum safety, make sure you've got a garage door opener that uses a "rolling" entry code, as this is almost impossible to hack.

    Door Knobs for Function and Beauty

    The door knobs itself is another important factor when shopping for exterior door hardware. When it comes to door knobs, keep in mind the swing direction of the door and the hardware's alignment. This will ensure that your new exterior door hardware fits properly and that the door opens and closes easily, without the doorknob banging against any walls or furniture. Additionally, check regularly to make sure your latches catch properly can help to ensure you get the most for your money.

    Exterior door hardware like doorbells can be beautiful and practical. | @ fotolia.com / ifeelstock

    Hinges, Stops, and Other Hardware

    After ensuring that your exterior door has a handle and lock set that you can depend on, it's also a good idea to run through a checklist of extra exterior door hardware you may want to add to your entryway, such as:

    Door hinges, which are generally available in a variety of finishes and styles to complement exterior doors.

    Door kick plates to protect your front door from accidental dents and scuffs. These can also be finished to match existing exterior door hardware.

    Door knockers, doorbells, or intercom systems for visitors. These can range from the classic doorbell, which starts around $30 for simple models, to more modern wireless video door bell, which starts around $200. Consider an elegant twist on the classic doorbell with a door chime with a beautiful wood or glass covering.

    Door stops, which are mounted on the baseboard and prevent the doorknob from banging into and damaging drywall or furniture behind your door.

    Weatherstripping along the edges, which can help seal the gaps around your exterior doors. This will make your home feel more comfortable and can save you between 10 and 15 percent on your energy bills each month.

    Bottom Line: Security and Practicality

    From traditional deadbolts and electronic entryways to weatherstripping or door stops, exterior door hardware is crucial in helping you feel comfortable and secure. If you need help deciding on the best added features for your door, get in touch with professionals through our contractor database today.

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    Written by: Ryan Mchugh, Editor www.HomeAdvancement.com