What are the Best Types of Locks and Hardware for a Front Door?

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Locks and hardware for a front door are important for security and aesthetics.

The best type of lock for your front door is a multi-point lock because it is secure and improves the energy efficiency of your door.

Your front door hardware depends on your house style, budget, and personal preferences. Chrome, satin, and brass hardware are common because they are modern, durable, and resist corrosion.

Best Types of Locks for a Front Door

We always recommend a multi-point lock for your front door, and here’s why.

  • They offer superior security because they engage the frame in three different places.
  • They can be combined with an electronic system.
  • They improve the energy efficiency of your door.
  • Multi-point locks are sleek and modern and come in a variety of colors and finishes.

The multi-point lock has a single point where you control the lock system, but on the side of the door, there are prongs that go into the door frame. Not only is this system secure, but it also increases the lifespan of your door.

There is less pressure on the hinges, and the weight of the door is spread across three mechanisms. This keeps your door aligned with the frame and compressed against the weatherstripping. A lock and deadbolt are common on front doors but have one attachment point. This means the top and bottom of the door can flex and cause air leakage.

Best Types of Hardware for a Front Door


Ball-bearing hinges are the best option because they last longer and make opening and closing your door easier. They have lubricated bearings between the hinge knuckles that reduce friction making them ideal for an entry door that is opened and closed frequently. Ball bearing hinges are high-quality and also prevent squeaking.

Door Handle Finishes

Door handles come in many designs, and the finish can enhance the overall aesthetic of your entryway. Chrome and satin finishes are common because they are modern and durable.

Here are some other popular door handle finishes:

  • Brushed nickel
  • Oil-rubbed bronze
  • Matte black
  • Rustic brass

Door Knockers

A door knocker is a classic way to customize your front door. You can opt for something sleek and stylish or quaint and eclectic. Many homeowners ask for an electric doorbell paired with a video surveillance system.

Choosing Hardware for a Front Door

There are a few factors to consider when choosing hardware for a front door.

  1. Security: Multi-point, deadbolt, or smart locks are good options to secure your front door.
  2. Style: The hardware you choose should compliment your design style and add personality and charm.
  3. Durability: Your front door is exposed to the elements, so you want hardware that can withstand moisture and heat. Solid brass and stainless steel are corrosion-resistant and durable against wear and tear.
  4. Brand and warranty: Choose hardware and locks from a reputable company. Check the warranty details for coverage, duration, and limitations.

The Importance of Using a Professional Company

You can use the best hardware for a front door, but if it isn’t installed correctly, you are losing value. A professional company will help you find the best door and hardware materials and install them according to the manufacturer’s requirements.

A compromised entry door is not only a security risk but also affects your home’s energy efficiency. A professional installer will ensure your door system is safe, efficient, and beautiful.

Chat With Us About Customizing Your Entry Door

At Craftsman’s Choice, we work with industry-leading companies and products to provide customers customizable front door options. We understand the importance of an entryway for security and curb appeal, so we take the time to walk our clients through their options.

If you want to learn more about the best types of locks and hardware for a front door, contact our team for information and an estimate.

Ben Juncker


When Ben Juncker was sitting in his high school career planning class, siding installer was not on his list of potential career paths. As with most people in the construction industry, certain questionable life choices led to a point where they were wearing a tool belt, working with their hands. His path started just this way and he would not change a thing. Those early years in his business of scraping and clawing their way to profitability and stability, have helped him to build a culture of hard work and perseverance at Craftsman’s Choice. Ben started his company in 1998 and they installed their first James Hardie job in 2000. Since that time Craftsman’s Choice has become one of the nation’s top James Hardie Remodelers. They have won James Hardie’s prestigious President’s Club award every year since it’s inception in 2015.

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