Double doors, also known as French doors, can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any space in your home. However, ordering the right hardware for them can be confusing, especially if you're not familiar with the options available. That's why the residential door specialists at Access Residential Hardware have put together this ultimate guide to help you navigate the process of ordering double door hardware.
Whether you're renovating your home or outfitting a newly purchased property, this article covers everything you need to know about ordering double door hardware, including the different types available, the factors to consider when making a selection, and how to install and maintain it afterward.
Understanding Double Door Hardware
Double doors consist of two hinged doors installed side by side in a wider opening. They can be made of various materials such as wood, glass, metal, or a combination thereof, and designed in different styles and configurations to suit various aesthetic and functional purposes. While more commonly seen in larger buildings like hotels and conference centers, they can also be found in homes with larger living spaces.
Not only are double doors a great way to update the look and feel of your home, they are also a cost-effective means of dividing spaces, especially between kitchens and dining rooms. You can also use them to:
- Open into the backyard or patio
- Serve as your front entrance if you have a larger property
Before you can order double door hardware for a new installation or renovation, it’s important to understand the components and how they work. You’ll want to pay extra attention to the lockset you choose, as it impacts door function and security. Common options include:
- Deadbolts: Deadbolts are installed into the door frame and extend into the door to provide extra security.
- Mortise Locks: Mortise locks are installed into a mortise or pocket cut into the edge of the door. They typically have a latch and a deadbolt for added security.
- Cylindrical Locks: Cylindrical locks are installed into a pre-drilled hole in the door. They are typically easy to install and operate using a key or a thumb-turn mechanism.
- Electronic Locks: Electronic locks are becoming increasingly popular for double doors. They can be operated using a keypad, a key card, or a biometric scanner.
Factors to Consider When Ordering French Door Hardware
Before ordering double door hardware, you want to make sure you select the right one for your home while meeting any outside requirements. Some of the key factors to consider include:
- Door Type and Material: The type and material of the door will impact hardware selection. For example, a solid wood door may require heavy-duty hinges and a stronger lockset than a hollow metal door.
- Door Size: The size of the door, including its thickness, height, and width, may make some types of hardware better than others. You want to make sure your selection is designed to fit the specific size and weight of the door.
- Security Requirements: The level of security required for the door will also impact your hardware selection. For example, a high level of security may necessitate heavy-duty hinges, locksets, and other hardware.
- Aesthetic and Functional Requirements: Hardware should complement the overall design and style of the door and space as well as be easy to operate.
These are just a few examples of factors that should be considered when ordering French door hardware. It's important to carefully evaluate the specific needs and requirements of the installation to ensure that the hardware selected meets those needs and provides the necessary security and functionality.
Interior vs. Exterior Double Doors
Door hardware requirements can vary between interior and exterior double doors. Below are some considerations for both types:
Exterior French Doors
- Hardware for exterior doors should be suitable for local environmental conditions, such as weather, temperature, and humidity. Depending on these conditions, you may need to install a lockset made from corrosion-resistant materials.
- For double doors leading outside, one door should have a bore hole, and the other should not. Make sure there is a second bore hole to house a deadbolt. Cross bore kits can be purchased if a door has not been properly pre-drilled.
- Many homeowners prefer double cylinder deadbolts for greater security. French door smart locks are becoming more popular as smart homes become more popular. A keyed knob or lever may be installed underneath your chosen deadbolt.
- If a door has three bore holes, choose a handleset. A non-turning/dummy version of your active hardware can be installed on the inactive side of the door.
Interior French Doors
For interior French doors without pre-drilled bore holes, you’ll want to look into decorative door pulls designed for entrances that don’t require locking. Shallow closets will only need hardware on the exterior side of the door while walk-in spaces should have dummy knobs or levers for both the interior and exterior sides.
If you have interior doors that should lock or at least latch, confirm that they have a cross bore hole on one side and a latch bore on the other. Then choose a knob or lever with a privacy function.
Pro Tip: When choosing a lever with a curve, keep your door handing in mind. Choose both a left handed and a right handed lever since you will have both a left and right handed door. Many door levers are sold in pairs, so you don’t have to worry about getting a complete set.
Installing Double Door Hardware
When you’re installing your new hardware, the required steps can vary based on the hardware type and design of your double doors. Below is an overview of general installation steps, which you may need to modify slightly in places.
- If there is old hardware installed, remove it from the doors and frame.
- Make sure the doors are clean and free from any debris or obstructions. If necessary, do some cleanup to prepare them for the installation.
- Measure and mark the location for the hardware on the doors, ensuring that they are level and centered.
- Install the hinges according to the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure the hinges are aligned and securely fastened to the doors.
- Install the lockset onto the active door. Make sure it's properly aligned and secured to the door.
- Install the strike plate onto the inactive door. Make sure it's properly aligned and secured to the door frame.
- Install the flush bolts onto the top and bottom of the inactive door according to the manufacturer's instructions. Make sure they are properly aligned and secured to the door.
When you’re done, test the lockset, hinges, and flush bolts to ensure they are working properly and smoothly. Make any necessary adjustments to ensure that it operates smoothly and securely. Once the hardware is installed and adjusted properly, finish the installation by installing any additional hardware, such as door handles or trim.
If you are unsure about any aspect of the installation process, follow the manufacturer's instructions or consult a professional. Locksmiths and other door hardware experts can provide guidance and ensure the hardware is installed correctly while meeting safety and security requirements.
Maintaining Double Door Hardware
You’ve installed your hardware and gotten it working properly. Moving forward, proper attention to maintenance can help ensure that the doors remain secure and in good working order. Here are some tips on how to maintain double door hardware:
- Clean the hardware regularly to remove dirt, dust, and debris that can accumulate over time. Use a soft cloth and mild soap and water, avoiding harsh chemicals or abrasive materials.
- Apply a lubricant to moving parts, such as hinges and locks, to ensure they operate smoothly.
- Inspect the hardware regularly for loose or worn parts, such as screws or hinges. Ensure that any loose screws or worn parts are tightened or replaced.
If any issues or problems arise with the hardware, address them promptly. Delaying repairs or maintenance can lead to further damage or compromise the security of the doors.
We Have Premium Quality Double Door Hardware
With so many options available on the market, it can be challenging to choose the right hardware for your double doors. However, by taking into consideration the style, function, and security features of the hardware, you can make an informed decision that not only enhances the beauty of your doors but also improves their functionality and safety.
At Access Residential Hardware, we sell door knobs and door handles that are compatible with most types of interior and exterior double doors. Our products, which include hardware from leading manufacturers like Schlage and Yale, are known for their functionality, longevity, and high aesthetic value. For more information or to place an order, please call us at 866.752.9002, or fill out this contact form.