Door handles of various types are available for interior doors or exterior doors. A lot of door handles can be very specialist particularly for tilt and slide patio doors, balcony doors etc.
When considering door handles for exterior doors you need to look at the lock type and the finish of the handles. Not all door handles are suitable for exterior doors particularly those with a degradeable finish such as chrome or brass. These finishes are ideal for interior door handles but exterior door handles need extra protection such as Resista or PVD finishes. They are more expensive but they will last longer and will not discolour or degrade against the elements. Some manufacturers guarantee these door handles with PVD finishes upto 25 years!
Exterior Door Handles including uPVC Door Handles
Exterior door handles can also come in several lock types and sizes. The most common is the mortice lock found on timber type traditional doors. This is quite a substantial key and the door handle is designed to allow the shank of the key to work through a slot in the door handle. In the case of a PVC door the door handle is somewhat different where the door handle has a specially formed 'light bulb' shape cut through the door handle to accept a euro cylinder. These are normally a standard size through the uPVC door handle backplate. Great care is needed when replacing uPVC door handles as the cylinder fits through a lock case and therefore the screws, cylinder and screw positions must be replaced exactly. To help you do this use the HandleStore uPVD Door Handles Wizard.
Interior Door Handles
Interior door handles are much more popular and varied in design than exterior door handles. The cost of door handles varies considerably depending on the material used and the quality of the finishing. It is very hard to know where to start as there are so many door handles to choose from on the internet particularly. Do remember the distinct difference between internal door handles and those used as exterior door handles as the finishes may not be upto the weathering elements. This is particularly the case with polished chrome which can tarnish very quickly wihout special coatings to protect them. Hoppe Resista finishes are good for the external elements as is PVD.
uPVC Door Handles
When replacing uPVC door handles there are a vast number of differing sizes and locks that have been used over the last 30 years. In some cases the lock sizes are no longer available and this can lead time to the door being replaced in some cases. The most popular size is the 92mm PZ door handle and is now really the norm for door locks.
Door handle Marketplace
A lot of door handles now come in from China and to be fair they are much better quality door handles these days. Many European and US manufacturers have invested heavily into Chinese factories and take a great deal of involvement in implementing their quality standards to ensure door handles meet the standards we expect. That said there are a number of quality door handle manufacturers in the UK and Europe, particularly Italy who produce some fabulous styled quality door handles. These are branded and much sought after door handles by architects, interior designers and the public alike. You get what you pay for and door handles is no exception.
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Door Handles at HandleStore
Handlestore.com aims to give you the widest possible choice of door handles in our on-line door handles catalogue – We provide high quality door handles that are sourced from the best UK suppliers, including: interior door handles, upvc door handles with a euro lock design, designer door handles, traditional door handles, patio door handles, black antique door furniture and interior door handles. We are sure you will agree that our range of door handles meets every taste possible!