To many people, all door handles are more or less the same. Most people are unaware that there are different types and differences between the mechanisms of those types. These differences affect the performance of the handles. That means that each door, depending on its function, will have a suitable door handle to go with it.
Parts of a door handle
Before we get to discussing the types of door handles, knowing the parts that make them up is essential. These parts determine the mechanisms that will allow the handle to operate correctly. They also affect how the overall setup and use of the item. Some of the key door handle parts are the following:
- Door lever or doorknob: This refers to the part that is turned or pulled on to operate the opening mechanism.
- Latch: This is the internal part that goes inside the door to keep it from swinging open.
- Latch strike: The latch strike is the slot where the latch enters.
- Deadbolt: The deadbolt is a separate locking mechanism usually found above or below the door lever.
- Snib: A snib is a built-in locking mechanism on most door handles. It is the part that the user turns or pushes in order to lock the door.
The way that these parts are made is different. These differences determine the type of the handle.
The types of door handles
There are different types of door handles. They vary based on how they are used and how they look. Choosing a door handle seems like a simple task. While it really is simple, there are some considerations that most people are not aware of. The utility or the aesthetic value of each type of door handle is unique, so you need to choose the correct type. The main types are as follows:
1. Lever latch
Lever latches are some of the simplest door handles available. A simple latch keeps the door shut with this type. A lever handle (thus the name) allows the user to release the latch and open the door. This type usually has an elongated handle, and pushing the handle down operates the latch mechanism inside. Some doorknobs operate based on this mechanism. Turning the doorknob produces the same effect.
This type of door handle is usually found in homes or offices. Due to the mechanism of the lever latch, no lock is usually present. This makes this type of door handle ideal for interiors where locking mechanisms are not necessary. External locks can be installed, however. Deadbolts and chain locks are the commonly installed along with lever latches to provide a bit more privacy.
2. Lever lock
A lever lock door handle is quite similar to a lever latch. The mechanisms and parts involved are almost the same. The main difference is that lever locks have a keyhole for the mortise plate beneath the lever. The door can then be opened freely when unlocked or securely closed when keyed in. It allows for a built-in locking mechanism while keeping the parts and design simple.
Its design makes this type of door handle ideal for interiors. These are best used in places which have rooms that need to be secured, but also need to be accessed freely from time to time.
3. Lever bathroom
Lever bathroom door handles are beneficial. They can be easily locked from the inside, which provides security and privacy. However, that can be unlocked from the outside by using objects that can fit into the knob or handle’s slot. These objects, like coins, can be turned to activate the mechanism of the handle and open the door. This is useful if you have children who could lock themselves in, but then need assistance.
As the name implies, lever bathroom handles are best to use in bathroom doors. That’s because the locks for these doors are able to signify that the room is occupied. Many emergencies can potentially occur inside the bathroom. The simple locking mechanism that needs no key while still providing privacy is advantageous in these situations.
4. Lever privacy
Lever privacy handles are functionally similar to the lever bathroom types. A locking mechanism is built into the handle, and turning the snib on the handle locks the door. It can be unlocked from the outside using a key. No mortise plate is built-in in most cases.
This type of handle is ideal for interiors, especially bedrooms, as it provides both security and privacy while giving only the key holder access from the outside. It is also used as an exterior lock in some cases, although the security it provides may not be enough. That is why deadlocks and other locking mechanisms are added to exterior doors with lever privacy handles.
5. Pull door handles
Pull door handles are ones that do not have any built-in locking or securing mechanisms. No need for latches and latch strikes. They are for doors that are simply designed to open and shut. They come in the following forms:
- Passage handles: Passage handles are typical in closets or hallways.
- Kitchen handles: Kitchens often use pull door handles for their doors for ease of access.
Pull door handles are the simplest ones you can find on the market.
6. Electronic locks
Electronic locks are not strictly a door handle type in the traditional sense. These locking mechanisms, however, can be built into doors and can be paired with different handle types. Some electronic locks even have their own unique handles with keypads built into them.
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