Halette Door Handles September 10th, 2018 - 06:02:07
As door handles easily catch germs and bacteria because of the variety of individual hands that touch them in the course of a day it is important to consider the materials used. It is believed that certain materials like brass copper and silver discourage the growth of bacteria and germs through some kind of electro-chemical effect; while other materials like aluminum stainless steel glass and porcelain do not have the same action. However this belief has remained just that... a belief: and studies have not been extensive enough to confirm or disprove this possible effect except in the case of silver. Hospitals in particular are experimenting with handle materials as they continue their fight against infectious disease within their wards.
Lever operated door handles are very popular in European homes as they are easier to use. This makes them suitable for elderly people as this design of these handles does not require a tight grip; unlike the door knob which may slip from the users hand. The door knob is more commonly used in the United States because of its practicality and dual functions: it functions as a door latching mechanism and a lock at the same time. However U.S. commercial and business establishments have woken up to the practicality of using the lever style of door handles. Aside from easy operation they are less likely to jam. Further the lever operated handles are more robust and can withstand constant use.
Doors throughout history have also changed regarding functionality. For instance we still find doors of all types those that roll slide swing and fold. Of course for doors to function hardware is required to include door handles. Just as with doors handles have a long history although these were first manufactured during the mid-19th century in America. The first handle was shaped like an egg and today they are still found in many homes especially older homes. Interestingly because of the way this type of door handle is grasped it has proved to be the easiest to open.
Obviously styles shapes materials and function have evolved over the years. The types of door handles sold today are high-tech made to withstand the test of time. Handles are now made with better materials and workmanship so once installed unless you wanted a different look the handle would last the life of the home. Some people still prefer the initial type of door handle but a growing number of home and business owners are now turning to unique handles coupled with decorative hardware. With this the door and all its components actually become a key part of the overall look. Of course alone with the handle opening the door security is another key element when buying. Today more than any other time in history people are taking more intense measures to protect property and families. Because of this manufacturers have designed a variety of different features for door handles that can provide a much better barrier of protection.