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How is External Ironmongery different to Internal Ironmongery? 

When thinking about the exterior of your property, there is more thought on the notion of security especially when it comes to doors, as these are one of the most likely points of entrance for intruders. 

Therefore, external ironmongery such as door handles and hinges need to be stronger than those used for internal doors. 

Handles for external users will also need to be weatherproof so that they will not rust and are resistant to corrosion during both the hot and cold months of the year. 

We currently stock a variety of external ironmongery products, all of which are available in various styles, sizes, and finishes. As security is paramount, all external door handles will have a lock that will usually be operable from both sides. The most common external door handle is a Lever Lock. This type of lock is excellent for extra security measures, as it is made up of several levers that prevent the bolt from moving within the lock.  

Note; most of the Insurance Companies have a minimum requirement of a five-lever lock on all external doors, including front doors, back doors, French doors, balcony doors.  

Howarth Timber& Building Supplies offer a wide range of Door Hinges, including:  

  • Fire Door Hinges 

  • Gate Hinges 

  • T-Hinges 

  • Cabinet Hinges  

All of our Hinges are available in a variety of metals: 

  • Chrome 

  • Brass 

  • Steel 

  • Stainless Steel 

  • Composite 

Door Chains are a simple and effective method of offering extra security when you open the door to visitors. It does this by allowing you to open the door just far enough to see who is at the door and to interact with them, with the added security of knowing that should you feel threatened, they will not be able to get past the chain. 

Door Chains are ideal for anyone who feels vulnerable answering the door, for example, the elderly, single mothers or children. 

Some Door Chains offer even more security features, including: 

  • Heavy Duty Chains, to slow down or prevent cutting attacks 

  • Angled Screws to give the door further restraint if anyone attempts to force the door.  

 Bolts are an excellent method of adding extra security to your home, creating an additional barrier to prevent intruders from entering your home. Their purpose is to allow you to add a further lock to your external doors, to complement the main ones. 

External Doors are one of the prime culprits of draughts within your home. A good (or bad) sign that your door is causing you problems, can be seen when it either rains substantially or snow builds up on your doorstep. If water seeps under the door, you have a problem that can easily be sorted out using a Weather bar, which will also work as a draught excluder.