By: Julian Burgess

If you are considering buying new door handles, there are a few considerations you should be aware of before you decide on the type that suits your needs. Here are a few tips, by interior and architectural service providers in Guildford,  to help you decide what type would be best for your needs.

Door Knobs Or Door Handles

When it comes to choosing a handle or a knob, it really has to do with what you personally prefer. The differences lie in visual appeal as well as functionality in regards to either a turn or push down movement. If you have to replace an existing handle or door knob you probably won’t have a choice on what you prefer as you will have to replace a handle or knob with the same brand or model as the old one.

The Latch Or Lock Mechanism

Door handles operate in combination with a latch or lock. The first thing that you will need to make a decision on is whether you prefer the door to latch or to lock. If you happen to have an existing latch or lock it is a simple task to only want a new handle. However, if you would prefer these doors to lock, you will have to decide on the lock type that you prefer. If you are in search of insurance graded security on your exterior doors such as the front door some of the suggested locks will include a Euro lock, 5 lever-sash lock or multi-point lock or espagnolette.

There are also locks designed for your internal doors, such as bedrooms or bathrooms that feature emergency-turn and release sets. Once you have made a decision on the type of functionality that you prefer, you can then make a decision on the backplate type and handle that you require.

Backset Of Lock/Latch

The doorknobs necessitate deeper backsets when compare to door handles. This will involve the measurement from the door’s edge to the middle of a hole in the lock or latch where the spindle will pass through. Standard distances on latches and locks for a door handle is either a 44mm or 56mm. When it comes to doorknobs the backsets are deeper and will either be an 81mm or 106mm. When it comes to existing latches and locks you have to be careful.

The general rule is associated with when you have a door handle you would like to replace, you should replace with another door handle. The reason for this is that there is not enough space for a doorknob. The same applies to when you have a doorknob that you would like to replace, you should be replacing with another doorknob. This is because your backset distance sets a door handle further away from the edges of your doors. Fitment of a new lock or latch is sometimes possible. However, if you have little experience with these tasks it would be best to use an experienced carpenter.

Unsprung Versus Sprung Door Handles

The springs in door handles are needed to return them to a horizontal position once pushed down. These springs are either located in a lock or latch or in the actual handle. The previous handles were usually unsprung, while more modern versions feature springing. You are able to assess if your handles are sprung as they return to a horizontal position without a connection to the lock or latch. If you decide on one of the unsprung handles you must ensure the latch or lock features a heavy-duty spring because this spring will be required to conduct all of the work.

Types Of Door Handles

The Deep Backplate door handles are usually set into the deep backplate that combines a method to cover the lock-hole. This saves on the requirements for a key-hole or escutcheon cover. These are typically the more popular door handles and feature a clean and elegant look. There are various options available on backplates for various distances and key types. For example, for a bathroom door, you may want to consider an “emergency” turn-and-release which will be set into a deep-backplate. The smaller backplates operate in a similar fashion to the door knobs. These backplates can be square, round and decorative. A separate escutcheon is required in order to cover up the lock-hole.

Finishes And Materials

Door handles come in a variety of finishes and materials. Your choice should be associated with the type of property you have and the styles of the doors. For example, Ledged braced and Cottage doors are complemented by a black-iron finish while panelled doors look good with plated brass or brass handles.

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