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5 Things You Need To Know Before Choosing a Replacement Front Door Handleset
Last Updated: 01/17/2019
The time has come, and your old front door handleset is tarnished beyond any known remedy, or the hardware that was there when you purchased your home is just down right ugly. Either way, your front door is the first impression, it's the first touch, its part of your curb appeal, so it must be in tip top shape, and old or poorly selected hardware does no good deed for any of those things. The unfortunate truth is that it NEEDS to be changed out, but luckily you don't need to go as far as changing out the entire front door.

Before you go rushing out and buying new hardware there are some pieces of information that you need to gather before you can make a purchase. There are 4 key pieces of info that need to be gathered to insure the least amount if any modification to your door. The following steps are to be followed when working with standard tubular handlesets.

1. Door Thickness

Door Thickness is found by opening your door, and measuring the width of the edge. Most standard hardware is made to door fit thicknesses between 1-3/8" to 1-3/4". If your door is thinner or thicker than those measurements then you will likely need a thin or thick door kit if available.

2. Backset

The backset is little tougher to get a measurement of. To get the backset you need to measure from the center of the of the bore hole to the edge of the door. For the best accuracy you may need to take the inside knob or lever off. The only 2 choices that are available is 2-3/8" or 2-3/4", so if you don't have either of these 2 measurements than you need to either remeasure or ensure that you have a tubular handleset.

3. Vertical Measurement #1

This measurement is the distance between the center of the deadbolt latch to the center of the handle latch. This measurement is typically 5 1/2" inches, but it can very in some instances. The reason for this measurement is to prevent decorative plates from hitting when choosing a 2 piece handleset, and to prevent miss-alignment when choosing a 1 piece handleset.

4. Vertical Measurement #2

This measurement is the distance between the center of the handle latch, and the center of the tie screw at the bottom of the handleset grip. This measurement can vary from 5" inches to almost 10" inches. There is no standard for this measurement and every manufacturer is all over the place, so when selecting a replacement be sure the keep and eye on this distance in particular. The reason for this measurement is so you don't have to re-drill or fill an old hole in your door. In most cases the bottom screw is through bolted in the door where you can see the decorative screw cap on the inside of the door. In these cases it's more important to match that measurement exactly in order to fully avoid any door repair or re-drilling. There are a some handlesets that allow for the bottom screw to be surface mounted from the front of the door, and leave the inside of the door unscathed. In these cases you have bit of wiggle room, and have the option of making a new hole since the decorative bottom part of the handle is usually long enough to cover an old hole without having to worrying about the inside of the door.

5. Footprint

The footprint that I am referring to is just the outline of the old hardware. It is usually fairly easy to cover up with the new handleset, but it's always best to check the overall measurements of the footprint

In a world full of countless styles, types, and variations this checklist will easily narrow down your hardware options to what you are able to select.

Once your done gathering all this info, simply bring it into one of our stores, or give us a call. We will have no problem finding you the perfect handleset for your home!

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Johnny Navarro | Customer Service Specialist

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