Schedule a Free Consultation

Choosing a Door Handle: What to Consider

It’s unfortunate that door handles don’t get a lot of love because they can make or break your doors. If you want to make the most of new exterior doors then, you’re going to want to make sure that you choose the right handle. 


How To Do That

Get to know the options available to you so you have a good grasp of the possible choices you can make. To help you narrow down your options, here’s what you should consider:

  • Your Home’s Overall Look – As accessories, handles should complement doors and windows. And, as doors are a part of your home, door handles have to be able to work well with your property’s current theme. If you have a modern home, for instance, vintage-looking brass knobs will look out of place. 

  • How a Handle Feels – You won’t be holding a handle all day, but it does feel good when you like how it feels in your hand. It may be a small thing, but it can greatly contribute to how you experience living in your home. If a handle is uncomfortable to use, for example, you’re going to end up associating the discomfort with coming into your home. 

  • Who Will Be Using the Handle – If there are people in your household with dexterity issues, then door knobs will be problematic to use. Go for lever types instead to give you better control. Lever handles, in fact, meet accessible design requirements, making them ideal as well if you are making aging-in-place changes in your home.

Renewal by Andersen® of Des Moines is the expert to call for all things quality replacement windows and doors. To learn more about what we can do for you, simply give us a call at (515) 209-3000, or fill out our online contact form. Schedule a FREE consultation with us today! We serve Ankeny and the surrounding communities.


"Our experience was great, except for writing a big check to you! When Karen and I started the replacement procedure we wanted a quality product. We wanted a company with really, not just in theory, stands behind their work. After reading many reviews and visiting with several people we chose Renewal by Andersen. During the buying process we felt no high pressure. If we were repeating the process, we would change nothing. All the people we dealt with were knowledgeable and helpful. Dave and Amanda, we appreciate you taking time to explain options in style, color, cost, construction of product, installation process etc. Amanda, we are so glad you recommended the awning kitchen window. Dave, we love the invisible kitchen screen. Thanks. The crew of Nate, Colton and Mike were great! Not only were they competent and efficient workers, they were men we were glad to have in our house. Karen commented she never heard any of them say anything unprofessional or in poor taste. Each day and at the conclusion of the job, they thoroughly cleaned-up any mess. A big gold star to the three of you. You are a great team. The stain matches existing wood perfectly. Thanks for a good job, Dan. Robert, thanks for your contribution to the project."

Hutzell | West Des Moines, IA
December 2014

View All Reviews