How To Choose Front Door Hardware
Door Hardware Options
- Comes in options like full-plate and two-piece handlesets
- Assemblies typically involve a deadbolt and thumbturn
- Double-entry doors may require a matching dummy set Shop All Handlesets
- Affordable, secure, and simple to install
- Many different styles and finishes
- Shapes range from round to egg-shaped Shop All Door Knobs
- Most external doors are pre-drilled for deadbolt installation
- Single- and double-cylinder deadbolts are available
- Combined with a strikeplate to front door security Shop All Deadbolts
Single and Double-Cylinder Locks
- Keyed-entry on one side and a latch on the other
- Typical setup for most residential doors
- Typically the only type of lock you’ll ever need Shop Single-Cylinder Locks
Measurements For Hardware Installation
The measurement from the edge of door to the center of the hole or the lock body you’re replacing. Generally backset measurements are either 2 3/8" or 2 3/4".
Cross Bore – Is the small hole that intersects with the main body of the door handle. Generally these are 1” in diameter.
Exterior doors are generally 1 3/4” in thickness, interior doors are 1 3/8”.
Lock grade is the number of lock/unlock cycles you can expect your lock to operate. NOTE: Lock grade reflects the durability of a lock, not the amount of security it provides.
- Grade 1 – 800,000 cycles
- Grade 2 – 400,000 cycles
- Grade 3 – 200,000 cycles
Does Your Door Hardware Provide Adequate Security For Your Home?
Is your front door secure?
The best locks and deadbolts are pick resistant. Good locks use “mushroom pins” to prevent thieves from inserting picking tools and manipulating the internal mechanisms to open the lock.
Is your lock bump proof?
Is your lock bump proof? Thieves use a technique called “bumping” to open locks. This technique involves a “bump” key that you insert into a lock and then tap to cause a lock’s internal pins to jump. Several brands make bump-resistant and bump-proof locks. They typically cost a little more because of the “BiLock” technology, but the extra security can elevate your home security.
What is a pick shield?
What is a pick shield? When you see “pick shield” you expect a lock to be pick proof. This term is actually a bit misleading because a “pick shield” actually refers to the metal shield that protects a locking mechanism from being opened with an ice pick or sharp object being plunged through the door to unlock the mechanism from the inside.