Schlage Residential Knobs and Levers ANSI Rating

Schlage residential door hardware is a super popular brand. You can find this brand almost anywhere, even your local Home Depot or Lowes should carry the Schlage residential door hardware – although they wont have as many options as far as design and finish go, but they will have a few basic designs to choose from if you aren’t too picky. Schlage is a great brand to have in your home or maybe even your office. Schlage residential knobs and levers (most of them anyway) have an ANSI rating of a Grade 2. For those of you who need or want more information on ANSI rating, read on – I will go into more detail for you.

ANSI may not mean much to most people shopping hardware for their home, but it can be pretty important for the people looking for hardware on a commercial application. ANSI stands for American National Standards Institute. ANSI is an agency that tests and sets standards for lots of different things. BHMA, or Builders Hardware Manufacturers is a similar agency. The difference is that BHMA only tests and sets standards for door hardware alone, whereas ANSI can test on almost anything. When I say tests and sets standards, this just means basically they give each door hardware item (or any item if we are talking ANSI) a grade such as grade 1, grade 2 or grade 3. I’m sure you have probably heard of that before.

Grade 1 is the highest grade. This is the grade that those commercial application people are looking for. The hardware with a grade 1 is used on public buildings like hospitals and schools etc. So basically the Grade 1 is for most of the commercial hardware that you will find.

Grade 2 is more of a light commercial grade. You can find this type of hardware used on apartment buildings, or office building, like a dentist office for example. So like I said, most of the Schlage residential hardware is a Grade 2.

Grade 3 is the simple hardware you will find in a home. Most homes wont need a grade 1 or 2 for a home because the doors are not used quite as often so it’s not necessary. If you are familiar with some of the brands we carry, Kwikset residential is a grade 3. Sure-Loc would probably fall into this grade, if it were graded.

Superior Multi-Point Patio Door Lock Trim Replacements


Do you have the Superior brand multi point or patio doors? Are you looking for some options to replace the hardware? Emtek offers tons of options of exterior and interior trims, called Emtek Multi Point Lock Trim sets, that attach right to your existing mechanism. There are tons of back plates and tons of levers after you find what backplate suits your style. These are assembled the way you choose. With whatever back plate, with whatever lever, with whatever finish and function.


If you go to the Emtek Multi Point Lock Trims page you will find several configurations, these are important to look over before you order, to make sure the correct trims will be sent to you and will fit your Superior doors (or any other brand of door). Configuration 1 is the one you should be looking at if you have Superior doors. If you don’t have Superior doors, find your brand of door listed under any of the 7 configurations.



You will want to make sure your existing mechanism matches up to this configuration. If for some reason it doesn’t, the Emtek trim sets we send wont fit properly. It’s important to know that these are ONLY the trims, meaning they DO NOT include the interior locking mechanisms of the door – the mechanisms should be provided from your Superior door manufacturer. These will include a trim for the exterior side of the door and a trim for the interior side of the door.


With all the options of backplates, levers, and finishes you should easily be able to find something that will fit the style you love for your Superior Doors. That’s what makes Emtek so great, because you don’t easily run out of options. Emtek’s hardware is made of solid brass as well, so it’s sturdy and functions smoothly. Be sure to call if you have questions or need help ordering!

What is the CF Mechanism?

Maybe you have seen a ton of great hardware already from Emtek, but have you seen the new(er) CF mechanism they came out with? Now your question might be “What in the world is that?”…  It’s only something that’s awesome, something that’s genius, something you all will probably want! CF is short for ‘Concealed Fastener’. In other words this system that is oh so genius is a super sleek design with no exposed screws. I say again… you can’t see the screws! Brilliant! This makes all of their modern, stylish, unique, awesome designs of door hardware even more sleek.


All of Emtek’s Brass, Stainless Steel, Bronze, Crystal and Porcelain interior passage and privacy locksets are available with the CF mechanism feature. You can see all of the door knobs and levers with the CF mechanism here.


There is no handing required on any CF mechanism, not even for the levers. You don’t have to worry about if your door is a right hand or left hand with the CF mechanism. It’s also easy and simple to install. These are designed to fit standard door prep and a door thickness of 1 3/8″ to 1 3/4″, but if you have a door thickness that is up to 2 3/4″, Emtek offers special accommodations to fit it, just make sure you specify when you order and we will make sure to send you the right items.


What’s also pretty cool about this new feature is that it also includes a 28 degree latch.



Standard latches will require you to turn the door knob or push the lever down (like the picture above shows) a lot more than it would require you to turn a door knob or lever with a 28 degree latch. You will love how smooth it operates. It’s just something more convenient to have that Emtek has offered with the cool CF mechanism! It doesn’t seem like you could go wrong with choosing the CF mechanism, does it?




What Door Hardware Do I Need for Exterior French Doors?

French doors or in other words double doors are commonly seen on many front entry ways of many homes now. We get asked quite a bit what type of hardware do you need to order for a set of double exterior doors? Exterior meaning you will want the door to have a keyed lock for security, but what else? Lets break it down to be little more simple.

French doors will have a fixed door and an operable door. It’s important to know which door is the active door and which door is fixed door, in other words is the active door on the left or on the right? This is important, because some levers and some handlesets require handing of the door. Here is a chart to help you figure out if your door is left hand or right hand.


If you want both french doors to open you can order either a few flush bolts (which are the most common) or surface bolts (which are more decorative) that are installed at the top and bottom of the fixed door to lock the door in place and then you can simply unlatch it when you want the fixed door to open.

The most obvious piece of door hardware you may think to order is a keyed lock set. That being a keyed door knob, a keyed lever or a keyed handleset. If you decide to go with a keyed door knob or lever, you will also want to purchase a deadbolt to go above the door knob or lever. Any of these you decide to go with will be installed on your active door. Handlesets are nice because the deadbolt is already included and they look super nice on exterior doors, but these are a little more expensive.

For the fixed door, remember your flush bolt or surface bolt liked I mentioned earlier. If you check out your french doors, the operable door should have a hole bored for the keyed lock set you chose to go with and the fixed door may not have a hole at all. You can choose whether you want to order a dummy set – a dummy door knob, dummy door lever handle, or a dummy handleset. Some people don’t order anything for the fixed door and it looks just fine, but then others like both doors to look symmetrical. It’s up to you!

*NOTE: Make sure that if you are ordering a dummy it is a set, because some dummy door knobs or levers are shipped with only one for one side of the door, in this case you will need to order 2 dummies for the fixed door.

What is a Door Hinge with a Non Removable Pin?

A door hinge with a non removable pin isn’t uncommon, but that’s not to say that it is common. Yes we get customers from time to time requesting this specific type of hinge, but why? I’m sure you have figured out what a non removable pin hinge is. It’s hopefully pretty self explanatory. It’s where the pin of the hinge can not be removed when the door is shut.



So why would you want this, why would people request this? Because it may be a little harder to install the door, some of the hinges will require you to have to take the entire hinge off along with the door if for some reason you are removing the door. There are some brands that have a screw that holds the pin in place and when the door is completely shut you can not remove the pin, but you can remove the pin from the inside when the door is open by removing the screw. This makes it easier to install the door(s). Now back to the question why most people even order this option. Sometimes you will find an exterior door where the door opens out, or in other words the hinges are exposed on the outside of the door. If you order regular hinges, an intruder could easily tap out the pin and get inside. They wouldn’t even have to think about messing with the lock. So non removable pins come in handy for this purpose. It keeps the owner worry free.


Most all the hinges come standard with removable pins. Non removable pin hinges are available with almost any Emtek or PHG hinge upon request. They do cost a few dollars more, but we can easily order them for you if you need. Just give us a call and we would be happy to help you order! 877-852-9449.

Great Looking Door Hardware from Omnia



Omnia is a new brand to our site and it’s exciting because they have all kinds of unique and modern style door hardware. This brand is designed with quality solid brass and since 1964 Omnia has offered a wide selection of door hardware such as, door knobs, lever handles, deadbolts, handlesets, sideplates, hinges, cabinet hardware and all the other miscellaneous stuff you can think of!

Omnia Door knobs are a great quality and made of solid brass (just like the rest of their hardware). Each design is unique and you may never find an equal. You can choose from many many styles and finishes. Some more intricate than others, some modern,  and some vintage.
The Omnia lever handles have a little more of a modern feel to each of them. Most are stainless steel and will fit perfectly into today’s modern designs. The levers that are not stainless steel are made of solid brass, which offer lots of different finishes.
Deadbolts from Omnia will secure your home or other application such as an office. You can choose from single cylinder or double cylinder options. Be sure to check out all the different designs and finishes!
Handlesets are a great thing to have on an entry door. Providing security as well as a fashionable taste. Omnia provides stylish designs to choose from to fit your personal style.
Like handlesets, Omnia Sideplates are another handy and stylish piece of hardware to add to an entry door. With a full plate, deadbolt and door knob/lever, you can feel secure as well as provide a great look to your door. These are a little more modern.
Hinges and other misc hardware from Omnia will provide great quality as well as design to match the rest of your Omnia hardware.
Don’t forget your kitchen cabinets! Omnia also has a huge selection of cabinet pulls and knobs. Again, some more great modern designs to look over.

Click here to see More from Omnia!




Leatherneck Brand Barn Door Hardware


I have been asked a few times before if we have any kind of barn door sliding hardware on the site and I had to sadly tell the poor customers no we do not. Sliding barn doors are becoming popular in more and more houses. Kinda like the above picture. This barn door was made out of reclaimed barn wood and the pull is made out of 3/4″ gas pipe and fittings – it really makes this home look cool! It’s as convenient as a sliding wall, but way way more stylish. Barn doors are just like pocket doors, which are convenient and space saving. You can divide the rooms or open it up to make a great big room. I think the look alone is enough, but it is also usable.

The sliding barn door hardware shown in the picture is a brand called Leatherneck. And this really adds to the rustic look. It’s specifically called flat track sliding hardware by Leatherneck. It’s great for unique interior and exterior applications. Used for barn doors, hotels, cafes, restaurants, museums, galleries, loft apartments, rustic kitchens and log homes. The track can be customized to fit your needs. The Leatherneck sliding hardware comes standard in the standard black finish, but you can request weathered, black with clear coated wheel, machine polished, painted bronze, unfinished, powder coated black, brushed stainless steel, mill finish stainless steel, and clear coated finishes. There are many different hanger styles to choose from in either the 400lb door track category or the 800lb door track category.

We get to tell you now that we have sliding barn door hardware available! We do not quite have the Leatherneck brand hardware on the site yet. We have Leatherneck hardware on the site now! For more detailed information such as pictures of the finishes and hanger styles and more check here. If you are at all interested in buying Leatherneck hardware, we would love to help you by phone if it’s not yet on the site (it should be soon!). Call us at 877-852-9449!