Choosing a stylish door knocker is important because it is the first thing anyone will see once they are at your front door. Even if you have a working doorbell, which you primarily use, an attractive door knocker is worth considering since not only is it a great conversational starter, but it can add an extra touch of charm to the exterior of your home.
Whether you are struggling with choosing the perfect knocker from the huge variety or you do not know the first thing about them, our guide is here to help you with all the gritty details.
What Type of Door Knockers Are There?
Construction-wise, there are two main types of door knockers - surface mounted door knockers and through-the-door knockers. Surface ones are attached on the surface with screws and through-the door knockers are fixed with bolts from the inside, so they go through the whole door. The trough-the-door knocker is more secure, but you might regret it due to the holes it will leave in the front door.
Which Material Should I Choose for a Door Knocker?
Cast iron knockerswere a favorite in the old days due to their simple design and sturdiness.
Pewter is another favorite material used for knockers. Its alloy mix of tin and copper offers an alluring luster. It might not be as strong as other metals, but it compensates with its elegant texture.
Copper is known for its resistance to natural elements and is the only material that does not rust. Instead, it oxidizes, which means it builds a green stronger finish, which you find charming or not.
Stainless-steel emits an industrial chick aesthetic and is resistant to corrosion. This material is ideal for colder climates due to its anti-freezing properties.
Brass is a common alternative to cast iron. It's a generic term that refers to different copper-zinc alloys, which is why you will find in various colors from red and brown to gold and bronze. Brass is famous for its hygienic properties and durability.
Here is our cheat sheet that offers a briefer overview on choosing the right door knocker:
➢ There are two types of door knockers: a surface mounted door knocker and through-the-door knocker.
➢ There are five materials that are most commonly used to make door knockers - cast iron, pewter, copper, stainless-steel and brass. Each comes with different benefits such as copper does not rust, stainless-steel has anti-freezing properties, brass and cast iron are most durable.
➢ If you happen to live in a period home, you should stick with accessories in the same period. Georgian and regency homes beg for brass pieces. For Victorian styled ones, a cast iron door knocker is best.
➢ Contemporary homes have all the freedom in the world and the only thing is to best match the material of the door knocker to the material of the handle.
➢ Light brown wooden doors ask for chrome or brass and darker colored doors would look well with a traditional cast iron door knocker.