Door handles come in many sizes and variations. Each manufacturer will have different sizes and variations of door handles to suit the many door locks available. Add into the mix the old, obsolete door handles that aren’t being manufactured anymore, and you have hundreds of possibilities. It’s easy to get confused with the sizes and variations.
Different Types of Door Handles
The first thing you want to differentiate between is if your door handles are for an external or an internal door. An external door eg. front entrance door to your home or an internal door eg. living room, bedroom door). The most common door handles that need replacing are external door handles, as they get far more use than internal doors and are also exposed to the elements. The guide below is for external door handles.
“Lever / Lever” and “Lever / Pad” Door Handles
“Lever / Lever” Door Handles
The most common variation of door handle is called “lever / lever”. This means that the lever on the exterior side of the door is connected directly to the lever on the interior side. Simply put, if you push down the lever on the exterior, the lever on the interior will move down also.
The other variation of door handle is called “lever / pad”. This means that the lever on the exterior side of the door is separated from the lever on the interior side. Lever / pad door handles are used with lever / pad door locks to give an added security feature. The pad side will always be on the exterior side of the door. The lever side will always be on the interior side of the door. If you push down the exterior pad side, the interior lever side will not move.
“Lever / Pad” Door Handles
Lever / pad locks are used to prevent someone from simply pushing down on the outside handle and walking in. The key is required every time to open the door. If you close the door behind you and you don’t have the key; you will be locked out.
Lever pad door handles will normally have a distinctive appearance on the exterior side. The exterior lever will normally be shorter and shaped like a paddle. Hence the name “pad”. The lock centres on some lever pad door handles can be different on the exterior than to the interior. The exterior lock centres can be 62mm and the interior lock centres can be 92mm. At the moment we stock lever / lever variations of all our door handles, as these are by far the most common variation. Please contact us if you require lever / pad door handles for your door.
How To Select The Correct Replacement Door Handle
Below is a quick guide to help you select the correct door handles to suit your door. All sizes should be measured in millimetres
- The Lock Centres – Measure the distance from the centre of the handle lever to the centre of the cylinder (where the key goes). The most common sizes in Ireland are 92mm and 70mm.
- The Overall Length – Measure the overall length of the backplate of the door handle. The most common length is 240mm
- The Screw Centres and Position – This will differ from handle to handle. Most door handles will have 2 fixing screws. The position of the top screw can either be: above the handle lever or below the handle lever. Measure the distance from the centre of the top screw to the bottom screw. *Note* some door handles have 3 fixing screws. If this is the case measure from the centre of the top to the middle, and then from the middle to the bottom.
When it comes to fixing screws the most common sizes are 215mm and 200mm and here is how to measure them.
- Top Screw to the Handle Lever – Measure from the centre of the top screw to the centre of the handle lever
- Cylinder to the Bottom Screw – Measure from the centre of the cylinder to the centre of the bottom screw
- Width – Measure the width of the backplate of the door handle
The Most Common Door Handles in Ireland
Below is an overview of the most common door handles used in Ireland. Here at WindowAndDoorParts.ie we regularly ship all of these door handles to customers around Ireland and if you have any questions about which one you need feel free contact us!
Hoppe Frankfurt 70mm Centres
The Hoppe Frankfurt 70mm centres door handles are without a doubt the most common set of door handles used in Ireland. These door handles are used to suit the GU ferco multipoint door lock that is used in the Munster joinery timber and aluminium doors. It is also used in doors that have the Ferco 6.35 multipoint door lock. These door handles are available in: Gold, Silver, Black and White.
Hoppe Atlanta 92mm Centres – 3 Screw
The Hoppe Atlanta 92mm centres door handles are very commonly found in doors throughout Ireland. They are used by Senator Windows in their uPVC doors. They are also used by countless small manufacturers, and can be found on commercial aluminium doors (eg. Schools and hospitals). These door handles are available in: Gold, Silver, Black & White
Mila Pro-Linea 92mm Centres – Screw Above & Screw Below
There are two main variations of the Mila Pro-Linea door handle – the screw above and the screw below. The easiest way I find to tell them apart is from the location of the top screw. I call it “screw above” for the handle with the screw above the lever, and “screw below” for the handle with the screw below the lever. These handles come with springs built into each side of the door handle. This is an excellent feature that is lacking from some of the more expensive door handles. The springs cause the handle lever to return to the horizontal position each time. Overall they are an excellent alternative to some of the more expensive door handles. Available in: Gold, White & Black
Mila Pro-Linea 92mm Centres – Polished Finish
These door handles are the screw above Mila Pro-Linea door handles in a polished finish. Available in Polished Gold (Brass) or Polished Chrome (Silver). These door handles are used on many composite doors including the paladio composite door. Alternatively it can be fitted to give your door a stylish modern look. We currently only stock the lever / lever version.
Hoppe London 92mm 366M & 3623N
Used by numerous door manufacturers down through the year and available in 2 varieties, the Hoppe London 92mm 366m and the 3623N. These door handles are usually used with multipoint door locks. Will suit FUHR, AGB, ASGARD, KFV, MACO, WINKHAUS, GU, LOCKMASTER & MILA door locks. Available in Gold & white.
Roto Multipoint Door Handles 92mm
These Roto Multipoint door handles are usually used mainly to suit Roto multipoint door locks, but can be used with other brands of multipoint door locks. These handles are mainly found on uPVC doors.
Basta Regency Internal Door Handles
The Basta Regency internal door handles are probably the most widely used internal door handles in Ireland. Fitted on internal timber doors (eg. living room, bathroom, bedroom etc) to suit the Basta 2 lever door lock.
Replacement Door Handle Supplier
Over the years we’ve shipped and fitted countless replacement door handles of all the models mentioned above and many more. If you need a once off replacement or a regular supplier of replacement door handles then get in touch and we’ll open some doors together!