Shower Door Hardware – A Checklist

Shower door hardware greatly influences the look as well as the performance of your shower door. Some of the basic hardware are sweeps, drip rails, hinges, pulls, handles, knobs, caddies and bumpers.

Many shower doors come in kits complete with appropriate hardware. But if you want to explore more options, you can go online (glassdistributorsinc.com, organizeit.com, etc) for a wide array of hardware choices. Take a look at some of them.

Brass Clips:

American Shower Door offers these brass clips with flat or beveled edges. You can opt to have these clips customized for your preferred angles, designs and shapes. They are available as 2 inches by 2 inches and full 3 inches by 4 inches hinge profiles.

Vienna Series Frameless Shower Door Handles and Hinges:

This shower kits consist pull handle with 6-inch hole spacing and two bottom or top mount hinges. The Tubular Back-to-Back Economy Pull Handle features 1.5mm thick brass tubing, 1 and ¼-inch diameter metal washers and nylon spacer washers for glass contact protection. The hinges are designed for 3/8 inch to ½ inch glass and available in either glass-to-glass or wall mounting. The solid brass hinges have stainless steel moving parts. Finish options are chrome, brass and brushed nickel.

Stainless Tension Pole Shower Caddy:

This space-saving corner caddy is a perfect replacement designed to fit best in vertical spaces with height of five to nine feet. It is constructed of stainless steel in elegant polished finish. The complete set comes with four baskets where you can store your toiletries, towel bars and hooks. The available sizes are 8 and ½ inches wide by 5 feet to 9 feet high by 8 and ½ inches deep.

Contemporary Style Back-to-Back Shower Door Knob:

These solid brass knobs from Glass Distributors Inc. come in almost 17 attractive finishes. Prices vary according to the finish option–$25.30 for chrome, brass, brushed nickel, polished nickel, $33.40 for white and $33.50 for oil rubbed bronze and antique brass. Knob measurements are 1 and 3/16 inches in diameter and 1 and 3/16 inches in height.

7/8″ Clear Shower Door Bumper – Package:

These clear bumpers are best for sliding doors. They have adhesive backing, medium hardness and a center screw home. They come in diameter of 7/8 inch.

U-Channels and Thresholds:

This header kit provides additional support and safety for your door. It secures the glass panels that have not reached the ceiling. The items are sold in 66 inches, 98 inches and 144 inches lengths, 1 and ¼ inches double profile extrusion and choices of facing edges. Part numbers and their finishes are SDH660BA in bright anodized, SDH660GA in bright gold, SDH660BL in black, SDH660GM in gun metal and SDH660W in white.

When buying shower door hardware, take time to examine the myriad of choices available on the market and choose the items that will work best in your shower room.

Picking an Appropriate Door Handle For the Front Door

Having a beautiful front door is a great way to improve the curb appeal of your home. Front door hardware is an important component of any door assembly. Here we will discuss several factors to be considered when selecting a front door lock.

Door hardware is available in a wide rage of quality and price. Determining your budget will help you narrow down your options. Like any product you get what you pay for.

Brands like Kwikset, Schalge and Dynasty Hardware offer options for budget minded consumers. These brands offer nice quality hardware with product warranties in many designs and finishes.

Emtek is the perfect option for homeowners willing to spend a little more. Emtek door hardware is available in hundreds of styles, designs and finishes. Emtek allows consumers the option to choose from a large selection of knobs, levers and rosettes. With Emtek you can purchase split finish hardware without experiencing long leadtimes. Each Emtek order is custom assembled at the factory and is shipped to the Emtek dealer in 1-2 days. Emtek door hardware is made of solid brass or bronze depending on the style you choose.

For consumers desiring the highest quality door hardware available, Rocky Mountain Hardware and Baldwin Hardware are options they should consider. Rocky Mountain Hardware is handcrafted. The designs of Rocky Mountain are mostly rustic. Baldwin Hardware’s product offering includes a wide range of designs and finishes. Both Rocky Mountain and Baldwin are made from the highest quality materials to ensure lasting quality.

Making sure you order the correct type of door hardware to fit your door is perhaps the most important consideration. The two most popular types of door hardware are Mortise and Cylindrical. Each type of hardware requires a certain door prep to allow them to be installed on your door.

Mortise locks require a pocket in the edge of the door. The “Mortise Pocket” is where the body of the lock will be installed. Installing a Mortise Lock can be tricky and requires precise measurements and attention to detail. If you decide on a mortise lock you may want to have a qualified installer do the work for you.