Keyed Entry: This style of door hardware is generally installed on exterior doors where locking is necessary.
Passage: This style of door hardware is typically used on hall and closet doors where you want the latch to keep the door shut, but you do not need the door to shut.
Dummy Set: This style of door hardware is used on doors where a latch is not needed and is used as a decorative door pull. Dummy hardware can either be sold as single pieces or sets.
Door Pulls: This style of door hardware is used on sliding or swinging doors as a functional design element.
There are many materials to choose from, each with their own attributes. Some of the more common materials used in Faucets and Accessories are Brass, Stainless Steel, Metal and Zinc Alloys. These offer excellent corrosion and tarnish resistance while allowing many finish options.
Others found in many fixtures such as Sinks, Tubs, and Toilets are various materials such as Vitreous China, Enameled Steel, Cast Iron, and various Acrylics.
A few examples are of materials you will find on FaucetDirect:
-Brass is derived from alloys of copper and zinc in
a solid solution. In comparison to bronze which
is principally an alloy of copper and tin. Despite this
distinction, some types of brasses are called bronzes.
-Stainless Steel is one of the most hygienic surfaces and very easy to clean. The unique surface is non-porous which will not harbor dirt, grime or bacteria. Stainless Steel has a high tolerance to corrosion while offering a useful life expectancy of over 100 years!
-Vitreous China offers a long lasting, sparkling surface that resists scratches, fading, and will provide a long lasting finish.
-Enameled Steel is less expensive but very durable and easy to clean. Enameled Steel is the choice when economy is required.
-Various Acrylics are used for most specialty baths. for its forgiving nature and flexibility. The non-rusting surface also allows the inclusion of whirlpool or therapeutic jets as the material can be easily modified.