Door Knockers

Add curb appeal with a door knocker

The front door of a house can oftentimes mold a person's very first impression of that home. It's a huge focal point for not only visitors, but for home buyers as well. A home should be attractive, warm, and inviting, and a well-designed exterior door and entry area can create that atmosphere. People spend thousands of dollars on door and entryway treatments to make that focal point appealing, but one of the most easy and affordable ways to add to the décor of your doorway is to add a door knocker.

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Door knockers have been in existence for centuries, once serving to announce a visitor to the home, before the time of door bells. While door knockers provide little practical use in the modern world, they still provide excellent aesthetic appeal and a certain level of charm to a home. Door knockers are typically constructed of a plate affixed to the door, and an attached hanging hinged piece, which allows for said piece to be lifted and knocked against the plate. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles.

Types of door knockers

Traditional, old-fashioned door knockers were usually either a simple loop or designed to resemble an animal or human face. Modern door knockers can be customized to be virtually any shape, from simple geometric patterns such as circles and squares, to ornate and elaborate designs that are sure to appeal to any homeowner's taste. A personalized door knocker in particular, often engraved with a family name or house number, can add a nice personal touch to a home. It can also be a great house-warming or holiday gift for a homeowner.

Door knockers can be composed of many different types of metals, from brass to bronze to pewter to copper. What type of metal you choose depends not only on taste, but also on durability and affordability. Pewter, for example, is a luxurious and elegant finish, but is rarely used due to its weakness as a metal. Copper doesn't rust, while stainless steel resists corrosion and gives off a nice luster.

There are also different types of finishes, such as the oily rubbed finished of a bronze door knocker. One of the most popular choices is the brass door knocker, due to its aesthetic appeal, easy customization, and durability.