Create a more welcoming home with front door hardware

Posted November 9, 2016 5:39 p.m. EST

This story was written for our sponsor, Pella Windows and Doors of North Carolina.

In North Carolina, we are all about hospitality. Guests should feel right at home and get a taste of our Southern charm before they even enter our front door.

If a cover says a lot about a book, then a doorknob can say a lot about a home. Think about it this way -- it's the first tangible interaction a guest has with your home. That's why you want your front door hardware looking updated and polished.

Here are some things to think about before you redecorate your entryway:

Start with a List of Your Options

Front door hardware includes all the individual elements that make up a door’s opening and locking system: keyless or keyed locks, deadbolts, handles, levers and knobs, hinges and other accessories like door knockers, doorstops and doorbells.

Whatever options you decide to install, make sure the elements match in style and finish so that you will have one cohesive look.

Make It Personal

Picking a style is where the real fun starts.

"Door hardware is no longer just a lock-and-handle set," pointed out Pella Product Development Manager Matt Kiernan. "It's a statement piece that represents the personality of the homeowner and design of their home."

Door hardware is carefully designed to bring out the true beauty of your humble abode -- whether you're going for that authentic rustic approach, a sleek modern design or elevating the look of your home with classic or essential looks.

Don’t Forget About the Finishing Touch

No piece of hardware is complete without a proper finish. So whether you end up choosing bright brass, antique brass, satin nickel, polished nickel, polished chrome, oil-rubbed bronze, matte black, distressed bronze or distressed nickel finish, choose a material that suits your taste and will create a striking first impression.

Consider the Cost

Hardware can cost you anywhere from $15 to $1,500, but you should plan on spending at least $60 per exterior door for a keyed-entry knob and deadbolt and $250 for a mortise lockset.

Get Installation Assistance

When it comes to home improvement projects, are you typically a do-it-yourselfer or would you prefer to have a professional assist?

Tubular models are the easiest to install if you plan on doing things yourself. Though your local installation specialist can assist you with installation if you’d rather just sit back and watch!

This story was written for our sponsor, Pella Windows and Doors of North Carolina.