Repairing and Protecting Locks, Keys and Safes

Repairing and Protecting Locks, Keys and Safes

Door Hardware: Material Options and Finishes for Interior Handles

Duane Ramirez

Interior door handles are important elements in a home because they are frequently used, particularly in comparison with the main entryways. In addition, their appearance can affect the aesthetics of the interior space. Therefore, if you are thinking about improving your indoor space, consider replacing these components. You will achieve better performance, longevity and aesthetics. There are numerous door handles in the market to consider when shopping for new interior handles. Your choice will primarily be determined by the fabrication material and the subsequent finish. Here is a brief description of the most ideal interior door handle materials and their finishes.

Brass Handles

Brass is one of the most popular materials used in the manufacture of door hardware. This metal is an ideal choice for interior doors because it is strong and resistant to wear. Therefore, constant usage will not have detrimental effects. Brass is an alloy of copper, so the material has antimicrobial properties. This is a valuable property because these modules cannot be cleaned constantly. In addition, brass handles are attractive and resistant to corrosion. If you decide to purchase this type of interior door handle, you can choose between bright, satin and antique finishes. Bright finishes are polished and reflective while satin is brushed but understated in comparison. In antique finishes, the golden colour is muted dull such that the appearance looks almost brown.

Stainless Steel Handles

Stainless steel is an ideal material for interior door handles because it is hardwearing. Its strength coupled with resistance to corrosion guarantees long-term service. In the past, stainless steel handles were primarily utilised in commercial applications. However, the popularity of contemporary home design has contributed to the increased usage of this material in residential settings. Polished finishes are favoured by homeowners because they have a mirror-like appeal. In addition, they are easy to clean and resistant to scratches. Satin chrome finishes are less prominent but equally attractive. They provide a clean look without the high polish. If you prefer more unique options, consider distressed nickel finishes or antique pewter.

Porcelain Handles

Porcelain handles are normally installed in interior spaces only because they are not as strong as metal alternatives. In simple terms, they will break when exposed high impact by intruders. However, they are quite resilient and practical for internal handles. Moreover, they are low maintenance since they are not susceptible to rust and corrosion. Porcelain is available in different colours, including white, cream and black. The handles can also be combined with brass, chrome and gold fittings for visual interest.


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Repairing and Protecting Locks, Keys and Safes

Hi, my name is Olive, and when I was a kid, my dad was a safe manufacturer. I used to love being in his welding shop or accompanying him to jobs to make locks onsite. When I grew up, I did not follow in his footsteps, but I owned a restaurant, and I always thought of my then late father when I put cash into the safe at the end of the night. Through years of being a business owner – sometimes in a not very safe neighbourhood – I learned the importance of locks. I also learned how they can break, how to repair them and how to ensure they in working order. To honor my dad, I wanted to make a blog about locks and safes. Whether you are a business owner, a homeowner or someone curious about becoming a locksmith, I hope you enjoy reading these posts!