Your front door hardware is one of the most prominent features of your home’s exterior and serves as your main point of entry. This provides an excellent opportunity to show off your own personal style by using door hardware to create a front door that is both secure and fashionable.
Door hardware is made up of two elements:
- Security, including Multipoint Locks and Door Cylinders.
- Style, which includes door furniture such as Door Knockers and Letter Plates.
To know where to start, you must first decide what you want to achieve. If you’re installing a new uPVC or Composite door, for example, you should start with security, whereas if you want to improve the aesthetics of your existing door hardware, you will want to look at door furniture. For installation and fitting instructions, kindly visit our parent company, MB DIY. Read More
The most important component of door hardware for any residential front door is security. Taking the time to correctly select your door hardware properly is vital to help protect your family, possessions, and anything else inside your home.
There are several security measures available to increase the safety your front door can provide. The most secure of them is a Multipoint Door Lock, which is the long strip that runs vertically on the side of your door. Multipoint Door Locks have a huge variety, but the defining factor is a central operating point (keyhole) in which all locking points can be fired. The most common locking points include Hooks, Cams, Rollers and Deadbolts which, when fired, will sit in a compatible Multipoint Keep, securing your front door.
If you choose a Multipoint Door Lock, you will also need a Door Cylinder Lock. A Door Cylinder is fitted in the empty keyhole on your Multipoint door lock, giving you somewhere to enter your key and fire the lock. Door cylinder locks come in numerous versions, such as 6-pin, 1-star and 3-star, which is all to do with security ratings. More information on this can be found on our Door Cylinder page.
Another option for your front door lock is the classic Mortice Lock. This type of door lock has been an extremely popular piece of door hardware for many years due to their durability and timeless security qualities. A Mortice Lock sits flush inside your door and consists of a deadbolt and keyhole only, giving you a simple but effective front door lock solution.
A further component to having good door security is your Front Door Handle. This is a vital piece of door hardware as, unlike a Multipoint Lock or Door Cylinder, it is always on show. A strong, secure handle can act as a fantastic burglar deterrent as well as adding to the aesthetic of your front door. The sheer volume of choice when it comes to door handles can be a little overwhelming, so it is beneficial to decide what your needs are before you start looking. Do you need a more secure door handle or are you looking for something with a more stylish presence? For a stronger handle, you will want to be looking at Kitemarked High Security Door Handles. A 2-star Door Handle combined with a 1-star Door Cylinder will give you a 3-star Kitemark security locking mechanism, more on this can be found on our Door Handles page.
Whilst security is extremely important, the style of your door hardware is what gives visitors their first impression and therefore should not be overlooked.
Using a front door to express your individual style has become increasingly popular over the last few years and is showing no signs of slowing down. Boring plain doors are becoming a thing of the past with high volumes of new door hardware products being released to offer customers more choice and higher quality products.
One factor in creating your perfect front door is your Door Handles. As well as being a major component of door security, the look of your front door handle also affects the overall style of your door. There are plenty of options to choose from regarding style of door handles, including curved door handles, pull bars and various colours across the range.
There is a huge choice available when it comes to door furniture, so it is best to decide what your needs are before searching. With door knockers for example, are you looking for a statement piece? A Bee Knocker or Lion’s Head Knocker are two examples that are real conversation starters and will make your door stand out. Or are you looking for something that’s durable but still looks amazing? Then our Sweet Door Knockers could be what you need, with superior corrosion resistance which exceeds British corrosion standards by 30 times and a curved design that keeps your door looking stylish.
Door Numerals and Letters are the perfect solution for making your address clear and easy to spot, and with suited ranges available, you won’t have to sacrifice any of your door’s aesthetic appeal.
Letter Boxes or Letter Plates can be more than just a point to receive mail. We have a multitude of styles and colours that are suited with other door furniture products to ensure a smooth, consistent style across your whole door.
Door furniture is always the last thing to be installed, but the first thing you see, making it vital in creating a front door you can be proud of.