Entry Door Hardware

Entry door hardware is more than just doorknobs and locksets. Check out the many types of hardware to choose the right options for your home entrance.
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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Deadbolt

Single-cylinder deadbolts are operated with a key from the outside of a home and a thumb turn from the inside. A double-cylinder deadbolt is operated with a key from both outside and inside the door. This offers a more foolproof security option against the burglar who relies on gaining access to a home by breaking through the door glass and turning the thumb turn to open the door. Always keep a key near a double-cylinder deadbolt, in case of fire or other emergency.

Traditional Door Knocker

While you may have a doorbell and not have a practical need for a door knocker, you may still want to select a door knocker as an accessory to enhance the style of your entry door. Door knockers lend a traditional appearance to any style of door and are available in a wide selection of finishes. This door knocker is the most commonly seen in the US. It is usually paired with a traditionally styled door.

S Door Knocker

The S door knocker gets its name from the shape. Unlike the traditional knocker, it has a vertical handle.

Imperial-Styled Knocker

The knocker shown here is a variation on the traditional knocker. It has a more stately appearance. Shown with a nickel finish.

Ring Door Knocker

The ring door knocker is another popular style and gets its name from its shape. It is shown here in a satin brass finish.

Doorbell

Doorbell hardware surrounds the face of the doorbell button. It is often screwed in place and is available in a variety of shapes and finishes.

Arts and Crafts Mortise Locks

Mortise locks are locking latch mechanisms that require a rectangular hole in the door edge. Some have a second round hole above for key operation. The Arts and Crafts style is popular in many parts of the country, and this mortise lock features a pattern reminiscent of the style. It is shown with an oil-rubbed bronze finish.