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What style looks best?

Hardware should compliment whatever its affixed to. Based on the profile of the door, back plates (referred to as rosettes or escutcheons) should compliment and not compete or overpower. The lever or knob should esthetically be conducive to the architecture or the other accents within the architecture and should ergonomically feel comfortable to operate.

Products are available in Brass, Bronze, Iron, Steel, Pewter, and the list goes on. Each offers certain characteristics. For instance Brass sets are typically forged, compressing the medal creating a smooth texture, which is great for a traditional or contemporary look. Bronze is typically cast into a sand or wood mould. The process offers porous, pitted characteristics resulting in a rugged, rustic feel. Iron is typically forged and hammered into shape and can offer a primitive, free form look.

What hardware works best for my doors?

Depending on the application, whether it be exterior or interior and the type of door, size, thickness and function will all factor into what type of hardware should be used.

The most popular latch options are:

Mortise lock - This is a more complex, yet heavier duty, smooth operating latch. There are extra costs involved in this type of latch as well as the prep required for the door, but well worth it if budget allows.

Tubular latch This is more commonly used and is far less expensive. Its a simpler style requiring simple prep work on the door.

Two types of tubular latches:

  • Mortise latch - has a plate attached to it so it can be screwed into the click on photo for larger imagemortised edge of the door, offering support and stability. An additional decorative plate is affixed over top of the latch plate which offers a nice detail and compliments the decorative strike plate on the jamb. (click on photo for larger image)

  • Drive-in latch is without an attached plate and is simply click on photo for larger imageinstalled into the edge of the door with the blow of a mallet. There is less prep work required on the door as there is no mortising for a plate, which can save a few dollars per door. They are simple to install, but you sacrifice the reinforcement a mortise plate offers as well as the decorative detail.  (click on photo for larger image)

What finish looks best?

Again, based on the architecture and colors used, a coordinating or complimentary finish can offer contrast or accent. Dark finishes such as Oil Rubbed Bronze or Black work well in situations which require a more subtle or warming effect. Oil Rubbed Bronze is typically a living finish. This means that the finish is not fixed or top coated. It is intended to wear with handling and will possibly take on characteristics created by the environment. The results are an antiqued, weathered look, which offers character and charm. Nickels, Satin or Polished offer a lighter, more contemporary effect. Pewter finishes are softer and are well received in situations where a dark finish is too dark or a brighter Nickel finish is too light.

How long does it take to receive my hardware?

Many manufacturers who produce Brass products have the ability to stock it and is ready to ship. Manufacturers who produce higher-end hardware often make the items per order to control quality and to avoid the costs involved in stocking it. Bronze and Iron items are typically made per order. Typical lead time can range from 1 week to 10 weeks based on the manufacturing process. We are in Montana, serving the Bozeman and Big Sky area as well as the Flathead Valley; including Kalispell, Whitefish, Columbia Falls, Lakeside, and Bigfork, Montana.


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