Ask the Expert - Historic Hardware - Historic Properties and Traditional Architecture | Traditional Building
Finding the appropriate hardware for historic projects can be a challenge. We've asked industry expert and Director of Product Development at Nostalgic Warehouse, Bill Metzger to help with the answers.

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When purchasing new door hardware, how do you determine the quality of the door hardware set?

Quality of a doorset will determine how long your hardware will last. A big part of quality is determined by how the hardware is manufactured. There are three common methods for creating hardware—stamped brass, cast brass, and hot-forged brass. Learn more here

What finish should I choose for my door hardware?

There are a variety of popular finishes for hardware and determining the one that will work best for your application will depend on where this hardware will be installed, and what type of aesthetic you are trying to achieve. Click here for list of finishes, and the benefits of each one.

What is handing and why is it important?

Door handing refers to the direction the door swings open. When determining handing, stand in front of the public side of the door. Read the complete article here.

What function do you need for your door hardware?

There are roughly seven different types of functions including privacy, passage, single dummy, double dummy, mortise, entry set and deadbolt. Learn more here.

What measurements do you need to know before purchasing a new set of door hardware?

Backset, bore holes and door thickness for starters. Learn more here.

What is the difference between mortise and tubular latches/locks?

Tubular latches became popular in the early 1950’s. And, as their name implies, the latch mechanism itself is tubular in shape. Read the complete article here.

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