Top Tips For Choosing Your Door Handles

As we all know door handles are used to open and close doors, that’s pretty much a given, but what most of us don’t realise is how much they play a part in the styling of our home. Your door handles are there to decorate your rooms and doors in a subtle and delicate manner. The style of your handles gives your home a touch of character and quality and so it is important that you choose a design that suits you and your home. You wouldn’t rush out and buy the first colour of paint you came across for your living room walls and so you shouldn’t go out and buy the first style of door handles you come across either, take your time and browse the available options, you’ll be glad you made the effort.

Here are some tips and hints to help you choose the perfect handles for your home:

Stick To Your Budget – most people when they decorate their house have a budget in mind of how much they want to spend on paint, furniture, and carpets, this budget should lend to your door handles as well. Think about how many doors you have and how many door handles you are going to need and split the budget up wisely. Once you have a budget in mind this will make it easier as you’ll have a price range to search within.

Door Handle Privacy – when choosing your door handles you need to consider whether some of your doors will require a lock such as on the bathroom doors and on some bedrooms. More than likely you will want a lock on the master bedroom door but not on your childrens bedroom doors if they are quite young, or perhaps if they are at the teenager stage they are demanding one! Generally speaking most people have a door handle with a lock for any bathrooms in the house to give a sense of privacy. It is important to keep in mind when purchasing your door handles which doors will require a lock and which will not.

Keep In Style With Your Home – of course there is no right or wrong style when it comes to door handles, but there are styles that will suit your home better than others. Take a look around your house and your rooms and pinpoint your style and taste, do you prefer silver or gold, do you like plain straight lines or shapes, do you prefer two colours or one colour? Once you have a pretty good idea of your home’s sense of style this will make it easier choosing handles to match.

The Many Benefits Of Fibreglass Door Canopies Today

The range of fibreglass door canopies available today is extraordinary, especially when compared to the range of door canopies available just a few years ago. The range of styles, appearances and manufacturing methods have all been developed to create a range of solutions today which offers homeowners a wealth of choice.

This is important because not only can door canopies add both convenience and security to a property, but if you choose the right design and style then there’s no doubt at all that door canopies can make a property look more complete, more attractive, and have more kerb appeal. Whether you’re looking to sell your property or not, having additional kerb appeal is always going to be important, but in today’s highly competitive housing marketplace it is certainly important to pull out all of the stops.

Because entrance canopies made from GRP, or glass reinforced polyester, are so affordable, and so lightweight, they can be installed very quickly and easily at a very modest price. This makes entrance canopies one of the easiest and most affordable ways of dramatically boosting the visual appearance of a property, and is a trick used by property developers for years.

For some people door canopies offer the only viable way of providing shelter over the front door, side door or back door, because of limitations on space. If your property has no front garden and opens directly onto the pavement or street as is the case with so many older properties, then a porch is clearly out of the question

But in the UK particularly having a little shelter at the front door can make a huge difference. Arriving home with bags of shopping and having to stand there getting soaked in the rain whilst you find the key is not ideal, and if you have guests coming, and it’s raining, you’ll be desperate to let them in as rapidly as possible. Even answering the door to the postman, parcel delivery man, or other representative can be a nuisance if it’s pouring with rain. Entrance canopies can therefore easily add a good deal of shelter, making your home a more welcoming place to visit.

But there’s also the issue of security as well, because in many cases it is perfectly possible to install a light in the porch canopy itself. This light can either be controlled via a switch, or be triggered by a motion sensor. It’s long been proven that a property which is well lit from the outside using security lighting is much less likely to be burgled than one which is shrouded in darkness, but of course lighting can also offer added convenience, especially when it comes to finding a key at the bottom of a bag at night.

Fibreglass, or glass reinforced polyester as it is more properly known, is an amazing material, used originally by both the RAF and the Navy for the construction of the hulls of boats and the bodies of planes, largely because of the fact that it was affordable, could be moulded easily into almost any shape, was lightweight, extremely strong and completely water resistant.

In fact it is exactly these same advantages which make the material ideal for use in fibreglass roofing such as door canopies and porch canopies. Because it can be manufactured in a wide range of styles, from Georgian to neo Classical, from traditional to contemporary, from cottage looks to Tudor styles, it is very easy to choose a style which perfectly matches the existing style of the house, roofing and windows.

This means that if done properly a door canopy should look as though it is an original feature of the property, no matter what style the property is built in. There is even a wide selection of material styles, with door canopies available to look like wood, tiles or even lead roofing. Certainly GRP door canopies have a great deal to offer, and it’s well worth considering the advantages, especially before the weather gets any wetter.