Many commercial businesses including restaurants, shopping malls and small businesses utilize large swing doors for their main entrances. These doors are traditionally constructed from metal, glass or heavy woods that require heavy duty door pulls to open and close. Large and oversized door pulls can be plain or decorative and depending on the material, easy to use or extremely difficult. The last thing a business owner wants it to make it hard to enter their establishment and choosing a door pull that is easy to grasp and aesthetically pleasing is a great way to create a welcoming environment for customers.
Solid brass construction is the best choice for most door hardware because it is strong, resistant to tarnish and normal wear and tear and can be cast in a variety of different patterns and finishes. Other metals tend to become easily damaged and will need frequent replacement over the years. Unlaquered brass will age over time so if you are searching for a finish that will remain the same color, make sure it is lacquered.
Design is a critical element in creating a theme in any business or home. An Italian restaurant for example, may have a very rustic theme while a modern shopping mall could be very contemporary. Every detail counts and choosing a door pull that coordinates with your theme will bring the interior and exterior designs together easily. Research the architectural style and history of your building if you are renovating an existing property and search for door hardware that is designed in that style. It is not necessary to use actual antique hardware because will have already endured years of use and could break more easily – many realtors will offer reproduction pieces that use the original moulds so the design is authentic and would have been originally used. During many historical renovations it is important to find alternatives to the original door hardware and this is a great solution to find reliable hardware.
Heavy traffic areas require heavier duty pulls as do heavier doors. Take the weight of the door and the expected amount of usage into account before selecting a design. Consult with a contractor or designer for suggestions if you are unsure – it is important to err on the side of caution.
Swing doors can utilize a pull on either side of the door if it is bidirectional or a push plate on one side and pull on the other side for unidirectional swing doors. If replacement pulls are being installed it is important to measure to the center to center distance of existing mount holes and choose a pull that is compatible. Consult with the manufacturer regarding the weight of the door pull for larger or oversized items – heavy door pulls can be inappropriate for lighter weight doors and may cause the door to swing open and closed unpredictably.
Small details matter during any renovation or new construction project and taking the time to choose suitable door hardware can make the difference in a good design and a great design. Ask questions if you are unsure about anything and remember to pay attention to all measurements. Large and oversized door pulls are available online and in many retail hardware stores.