Virginie. Door Handles. November 19th , 2017.
Obviously, styles shapes, materials, and function have evolved over the years. The types of door handles sold today are high-tech, made to withstand the test of time. Handles are now made with better materials and workmanship so once installed, unless you wanted a different look, the handle would last the life of the home. Some people still prefer the initial type of door handle but a growing number of home and business owners are now turning to unique handles coupled with decorative hardware. With this, the door and all its components actually become a key part of the overall look. Of course, alone with the handle opening the door, security is another key element when buying. Today more than any other time in history, people are taking more intense measures to protect property and families. Because of this, manufacturers have designed a variety of different features for door handles that can provide a much better barrier of protection.
The simplest handle is a pull - or push - projection on the side opposite the hinge. The placement of the handle is generally where it will provide an optimal mechanical advantage; most doors operating as second class levers. Doors with centre pulls or rings, or a pivot point in a location other than one edge of the door, use first or third class lever principles. Depictions of door handles in paintings dating to the first century CE are centrally placed hinged rings. The modern door knocker is a vestige of this style of primitive door handle. Doors were typically secured by bars and brackets to prevent them from being opened by either intent or accident.
The other important aspect to consider when buying door handles is the aesthetic beauty. There are artistic knobs that may take diverse shapes such as a hand, bottle or a key. Some handles are placed at the center of the door for aesthetics. You can also get a see through knobs or a old fashioned ones. The door knobs also come in diverse colors to match with the door furniture and the rest of the house.
The second facet of the design of door handles is that they should be simple in design both in shape and size so that they are do not protrude and catch people as they pass by. The shape should be such that it is easy to operate, in most kitchens they work by a straight pull with the door being held in position by a magnetic door catch and the design should reflect this. The pattern should not include grooves or crevices where dirt can collect and cause problems.
We have also seen door handles made from many different materials although most people think of some kind of metal. However, handles have also been made from ceramic, wood, glass, plastic, etc. One of the oldest materials that are still among the more popular options is brass. For one thing, brass looks gorgeous but it is also rust resistant. Todays brass door handle is somewhat different from those made in earlier times due to finishes. For instance, for a more modern appearance, many people choose brushed or satin brass.
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