Schlage, a brand of Allegion plc that has created door hardware in a range of style combinations for more than 95 years, has announced the findings of a nationwide survey revealing that style and design upgrades, such as door hardware are a major component for homeowners completing a DIY project.
During the summer months, homeowners invest in DIY projects ranging from large-scale upgrades like exterior painting, kitchen remodeling, and flooring updates, to smaller projects like changing light fixtures or replacing the front door. Details and finishing touches have a crucial impact on these projects, and with Schlage’s three step out-of-the-box installation, upgrading interior and exterior door hardware is an easy, DIY weekend project and one of the most cost-effective ways one could update a home’s aesthetic for under $500.
The survey, conducted by leading third-party research firm Kelton Global, polled a nationally representative sample of more than 1,000 American homeowners ages 25 and older. It revealed that homeowners are in the market for doors and door hardware that bridge style and tradition as well as complement their personal taste:
- Almost half of homeowners (46 percent) feel it’s important to ensure that their door hardware is stylish, and 43 percent of homeowners believe the doors themselves need to feel stylish.
- Looks clearly matter when it comes to door hardware, with 55 percent of homeowners agreeing that style or design would most likely impact their decision after cost.
- Traditional styles are still preferred by 50 percent of homeowners as opposed to transitional styles (27 percent) or contemporary styles (24 percent).
- Mirroring the traditional style aesthetic, aged bronze topped the list of preferred finishes at 56 percent, followed by antique brass (54 percent) and polished nickel (51 percent).