Did you know that years ago the choice of materials used for the door and door furniture was often an indication as to how wealthy you were, and for many years the Church was seen by many as being the wealthiest property owner?
Choosing the hardware for your house doors
Here at Oldfield Forge we work closely with all our clients to ensure that the handles we make match the style of locking mechanism that you have for your door. All of our handles are made to order, thus allowing you to specify your own design to suit your particular front door. We offer a range of door handles, latches, door knobs, bells and letter plates. You may decide that the best way to smarten up the front of the house is to change some or all of your door furniture. This has been demonstrated to improve both saleability and kerb appeal. Consequently replacing existing hardware with new, high quality ironmongery can prove to be a very worthwhile decision. Furthermore, should you prefer it, we can ensure that our new door furniture replicates the existing fixings you may have.
Door hardware for garages, gates and garden sheds
Security gives peace of mind, particularly when looking for hardware for your garages, gates & garden sheds. We ensure that all of our exterior furniture is made to a high-quality gauge in order to ensure strength and resilience. We offer a large range of security bolts to complement all our hinges and latches. Unlike other sliding bolts we carefully design our bolts so that they do not rely on a sprung mechanism, thus offering a secure, reliable fixture at all times.
Door hardware for wardrobes, cupboards and lots more
If you are looking to give your home or room a makeover then a quick update with handmade hardware can add character and charm. You can easily instil a stylish, period feel to any room with the correct use of door hardware and complement any colour scheme with our wide range of hardware finishes.
What locking mechanism do I have?
There are three common types of door locks:-
Cylinder locks are an integral part of many types of locks that often go by different names - including uPVC locks and some mortice locks used on timber doors. Cylinders can be easily replaced and doing so provides a simple way to 'change the locks'. Before you buy you need to ensure that you know what type, size and security of cylinder you require as they come in a wide variety of types and sizes. They offer a good degree of security and are relatively easy to ‘change’ if this is required
Mortice locks are available with deadbolts, latches or a combination of both (when they're called sashlocks) and hook and claw bolts that are used for sliding doors. They are fitted inside a lock pocket or a mortice cut out of the door. They are very common. When replacing it is important to know what type of mortice you have. Mortice locks are available in 2 sizes, 2 1/2" and 3". The size describes the position of the keyhole from the edge of the door
Night latches come in a wide variety of styles and in two sizes with many different capabilities. To know which size you have on your door, measure the distance between the edge of the door and the centre of the keyhole. If this distance is 44mm then you'll have a narrow stile night latch. If the distance is 60mm then you'll have a standard stile night latch. Rim night latches are sometimes referred to as ‘Yale’ locks, but of course Yale make lots of different locks and lots of different lock manufacturers make 'Yale' locks!