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Door handles are generally chosen on their aesthetic style to fit with the theme of a room but you also need to take into consideration their operation.

Passage door handles are operated with a lever and have no locking mechanism. Ideal for most internal doors including bedroom doors.

Privacy door handles have a push button or turn locking mechanism for additional privacy and are normally used for bathroom doors.

Lock door handles incorporate a keyhole and require a key for locking. Normally operated with a sashlock and are suitable for bedroom doors that require additional privacy.

Most doors are fitted using three standard butt hinges, one around 7 inches from the top of the door, one 7 inches from the bottom and a third hinge in the middle section of the door. Three hinges are used to provide additional support and leave less chance of warping. A pair of hinges would be adequate for doors weighing up to 20kg.

Butt Hinges are the most common hinges and are mainly used on doors. Some butt hinges use an arrangement of ball bearing to reduce stress and friction on heavier and wider doors, resulting in a longer life span. Generally available in 3″ (75mm) and 4″ (100mm) sizes.

Continuous Hinges (Piano hinges) are used on an opening over an extended length as it is designed to evenly distribute weight and minimise stress. Piano hinges have a much longer lifespan compared to butt hinges.

Flush Hinges are lightweight hinges that are mainly used on cupboard doors. They are fitted directly to the surface and do not require a recessed cut.

Tee Hinges are fitted directly to the door and normally used as garden shed door hinges.


After fitting a door it will require door locks and door latches to add security to the room. Door locks & latches should be fitted last. There are many different types, shapes and styles available.

A mortice lock (or mortise lock) requires a recess to be cut into the edge of a door to fit the lock. Many professionals will use a mortising jig to make a precise cut of the pocket (edge of door). Mortices are available as a dead lock or sash lock.

A mortice sashlock is a non-locking sprung latch that can be operated by the door handle and locked securely using a key. A 3 lever sashlock provides mid level security and is usually used with internal doors requiring a lock, a 5 lever sashlock provides a high level of security and is typically used on back doors.

Mortice Deadlocks are a secure backup to a sprung non-deadlock latch. Normally used on front doors and fitted at roughly waist height allowing operation to lock the door inside and outside.

Sliding doors require a hook or claw bolt as standard mortice locks are incompetent with this style. Sliding door locks engage with the keep to secure the door.

Bathroom locks use a standard locking mechanism normally operated with a turn or push button to provide privacy.

Nightlatch locks use a large latch bolt and are fitted to secure a front door. They can be operated by key from outside or a knob from inside to release the bolt. Nightlatches are normally fitted to shoulder height on the door.



Dale Hardware is a UK leading distributor of high quality architectural hardware.

Excel Architectural Hardware offers value and lasting quality. Their innovating range includes hinges, handles and latches.

SmartLatch is designed to reduce fitting time and improve the appearance of a latch. It can be fitted in under five minutes.

There are two main reasons for applying finishes: protecting and appearance. Steel is prone to rust if not protected, a finish will help protect. The surface finish can also change/improve the appearance of the steel product and allow it to match other hardware.

Electro Brass is an eye-catching finish for a vintage look, suitable in traditional and modern settings. Durable and easy to clean. Pairs well with accessories and other fixtures.

Satin nickel is a classy plated finish that is durable and popular. Suitable for traditional, modern and contemporary styles. Satin nickel has a shiny gloss. Applied through electrolysis and treated with a lacquer

Satin chrome. Applied through electrolysis and treated with a lacquer the chrome is then plated over the top of nickel giving it a white appearance.

Metallic brushed nickel is one of the most durable finishes. Easy to clean and blends well with other fixtures so works with almost any style. Brushed nickel has a soft, matte finish. Applied through electrolysis and treated with a lacquer then brushed with a tool that places small abrasions (ie wire brush finish) on the metal that takes the shine off.

Polished Chrome is the most versatile and popular finish. Easy to clean and durable. Pairs well with accessories and other fixtures.

BZP (Bright zinc plate)
CP (Chrome plate)
EPB (Electro-plate brass)
PB (Polished brass)
PBF (Polished brass finish)
PSS (Polished stainless steel)
PSSF (Polished stainless steel finish)
SCP (Satin chrome plate)
SB (Satin brass)
SNP (Satin nickel plate)
SSS (Satin stainless steel)
SSSF (Satin stainless steel finish)

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