The right door hardware for your particular needs can be a difficult choice to make. There are many different types of hardware available and choosing the wrong one could turn into a costly decision. This blog post will explore some of the factors you should think about before making your purchase.

The first thing you need to do is determine what type of door you want to install it on, as this will dictate everything else. For example, if you are installing a door that will only be used to gain access into a garage, then you should avoid hardware that protrudes outwards. The protruding type of hardware should be used in hallways and around doors that will be used frequently as they tend to wear out and can cause damage or rattle.

The next thing you need to consider is whether you want the handle to hang flush on the door or above it. If your door is wider than 75 mm, then your choices are limited as the overhanging type of handle will not fit on the doors. The other factor that will affect this decision is if there are more than one door in the hallway.

If you have not already done so, now is the time to measure the width of the door and set your budget into consideration. It is usually a good idea to buy hardware in sets so that you do not end up buying more than you need or want. If your purchase goal is only to use it on one door, then it may be cheaper in the long run to buy a single piece of hardware rather than several smaller ones which will require drilling holes into your doorframe. Also consider where the hardware will be located as this can have an impact on what type of joining techniques you should choose for attaching them to your frame.

Electric Strikes

When doing your research, you may have come across the term strike. This is the part which attaches to your door frame and works by holding the door in place when closed. Strikes come in both overhanging and flush mounted varieties depending on your needs. Some locks are already attached to the strike so that all you need to do is mount it onto your frame. If you cannot find a pre-attached lock, then there are plenty of different locks available that will fit any type of strike.


When it comes to commercial locks, you might not know what LCN means. But chances are, if you work in the real estate lock and hardware business, you've heard of LCN door closers. A closer is used to keep doors closed by using gravity or springs. There are many different types of closers available but they all function in a similar way. The most common is the sliding assembly type which catches a lever that is attached to your door. These types of closers are mostly used behind a door threshold and should not protrude above it.

Panic Hardware

There is a myriad of different panic door locking mechanisms on the market today. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, but it’s important to know the ins and outs of each type before committing to anyone.

Panic hardware, also called panic exit devices or panic door locks, are installed in the interior of a door to provide a means of escape in an emergency. They are commonly installed on the doors in group living environments such as dorms and hotels, and even public bathrooms. Panic hardware can be found on egress doors which allow people to exit from buildings into public walkways or from one part of a building to another, fire-rated doors, and doors through which people could otherwise be trapped in any number of situations. The major consideration when looking at the various options is whether or not you’ll be using them for egress purposes. This generally means that a power source other than that available to the building will be required.

About Park Avenue Locks

Choosing the right door lock for your business or home can be stressful. At Park Avenue locks, we strive to make it as easy as possible by breaking down your options and offering a wide selection to fit your style. Some of our best-selling products include Yale locksets, lcn door closers, electric strikes, and many more. Get the best door lock brands all in one location for affordable pricing, whether you’re a custom home builder or a homeowner when you shop with us. For all your door locks and accessories, head over to Park Avenue Locks. We offer both residential and commercial door locks at competitive prices and offer free shipping on orders over $49. 

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