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Door knockers are a classic front door addition that offer a regal look, and an easy way for guests to knock without bruising their knuckles. But door knockers aren’t something that most people purchase every day, so there can be a lot questions that come up when shopping for them. Here are answers to some of the most asked questions about purchasing door knockers:
When it comes to the functional structure of a door knocker, most stick to the standard top-hinge design. The real variety in these pieces is in the aesthetic designs. There are a wide range of styles and finishes that can suit almost any taste or match any design theme. Some of the most popular styles include sculptural door knockers shaped like a lion head, pineapple, anchor or fox. There are also more understated designs that feature a simple ring or drop pull. Any of these styles are available in a selection of metals and finishes, but brass, bronze, and iron are the most common materials for door knockers.
There aren’t too many special terms needed to shop for this piece of hardware, but here are a couple important ones to know:
Tip: The center to center measurement comes in handy if you are replacing a door knocker, rather than installing a new one. This measurement allows you to look for one that has the same center to center measurements so that you can use the existing holes without issue.
While door knockers are typically pretty straightforward in terms of function, you can find some that incorporate extra features such as a peephole or a hook for wreathes or other door décor. These extras can help your door to keep a clean appearance by removing the need for multiple installations.
This will vary depending on the specific knocker that you purchase, and the type of door that you have. However, there are generally two different installation styles: “Through the door mount” and “Surface mount.” The “through the door mount” will be necessary for any door knocker with a peephole included or for installing a knocker on a hollow core door. “Surface mount” installation should only be used on solid wood doors.
To install a “through the door mount” door knocker:
To install a “surface mount “door knocker: