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Creating Warm & Inviting Vibes as the Days Draw In...

Wednesday, 6 November 2019 11:51:30 Europe/London



Inspired by relaxing & inviting Mediterranean living and designed to make a subtle statement of class, this range covers over 5 ever-trending finishes...


From warm Satin Nickel, to golden Polished Brass, these finishes coat some of the most popular modern designs available!


Malta in Satin Nickel!




An extensive selection of Satin Nickel & Satin Nickel / Polished Chrome levers!



NEW TO ATLANTIC!

STATUS MONTANA

Status Montana in Satin Nickle / Polished Chrome

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

And Just In Case You Missed It... Our Latest Launch

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 11:21:22 Europe/London

Want to know more about these new levers?
Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

What are the different types of Door Handles & Knobs?

Thursday, 24 October 2019 09:14:59 Europe/London


Door hardware comes in many different finishes and styles but there are three main types of interior door handles and knobs that are found on the market. Matching the correct type of door handle or knob will be fundamental in creating a finishing touch. The three main types are categorised as lever handle on backplate, lever handle on rose and mortice knobs. Lever handles on backplate are traditional door handles which sit on a backplate. Lever handles on rose are more contemporary door handles which sit on either a round or square rose and are much smaller than backplates.

Lever Handle on Backplate

This is a standard lever latch on backplate is a blank backplate, which would be used with a tubular latch. It is used for doors that don't need to lock like a living room or dining room. It consists of a handle/lever on a backplate which when pushed down turns the spindle which passes through the door and the tubular latch inside the door.

A lever lock is a backplate with a key hole, to be used with a sashlock which contains a lock and a bolt. The door handle is exactly the same as a lever latch as above, but it has a key hole cut out of the backplate to allow a key to be entered into the door, which operates the sashlock. This could be used on a back door or an office door.

A Bathroom set is a backplate with a built in turn and release mechanism, which would be used with a bathroom lock. The turn and release is sometimes referred to as a snib and release or WC turn, and allows the door to be locked and unlocked.

Lever Handle on Rose

Lever handles on rose, or door handles, are most commonly used in residential houses and commercial and public buildings. Lever on Rose door furniture have concealed roses, which means the screws and fixing holes are hidden by a cover. If there is no desire for the door to lock, then the lever on rose is usually fitted with a standard tubular latch. If a door has the need to lock, then it would be necessary to fit with a key escutcheon and a sash lock. For a bathroom, that you may wish to lock without a key, you would need to purchase a Turn and Release along with a Bathroom Lock.

Mortice Knob

Mortice Knobs are usually round handles which rotate clockwise or anti-clockwise to open the door. These can be used as an alternative to lever handles. A centre door knob can be used as a decorative and/or functional piece to an external front door.

The lever shape itself may be the same, whether on a backplate or on a rose. The range of levers is extensive, and likewise with the range of finishes. Each door handle or mortice knob design and finish will create a completely different look within an interior, so ensuring these features suit your personal preference and the overall look you are going for is fundamental.

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

LAUNCH DAY!...

Wednesday, 23 October 2019 16:02:18 Europe/London

Launch Day!..

New To Atlantic!...




Status Montana in Matt Black




Status Montana in Satin Nickle / Polished Chrome

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

What is a Mortice door Knob?

Friday, 18 October 2019 10:08:37 Europe/London



A Mortice Knob is used to open a door, in a similar way to a door lever would be used, but with a turning action rather than pressing down on the lever. A Mortice door knob is used with a latch or a lock mechanism, which is set into the door. Mortice Knobs are sold in pairs with a connecting spindle.

Generally speaking, Mortice Knobs are a more traditional style of door furniture. In the past, traditional Mortice Knobs were almost always un-sprung, meaning the knob turned freely when not attached to the door. Many still remain in this style and do not use a standard lock or latch, as the spring is not strong enough to return the knob. Mortice Knobs do not have the strong spring that door handles have which compliments the spring in the latch or lock used with the handle. For this reason, Mortice Knobs have to be used with a heavier sprung latch or lock in the door.

The amount of room available on a door for a Mortice Knob is also a consideration that needs to be made. A Mortice Knob can be operated from any angle, in contrast to a door lever which leads your hand away from the edge of the door. For this reason a longer latch may need to be used. We would recommend a 4" latch is used when fitting a mortice knob, to give more space for hands and to prevent bruised knuckles. If there is not space within the door for a long latch, it would be wise to use another option opposed to a Mortice Knob to allow for ease of access.

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

Enjoying the Autumnal Colours

Thursday, 17 October 2019 14:17:07 Europe/London

Enjoying the Autumn Colours?

Explore our autumnal finishes...

Senza Pari Panetti in Weathered Antique Bronze

Senza Pari Darrio in Weathered Antique Bronze

Old English Ripon in Matt Antique Brass

Forme Alila in Urban Dark Bronze

Mediterranean Barcelona in Polished Brass

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

Brass is a metal alloy, comprised from copper and zinc. Brass has a lot of advantages, making it valued in the door hardware industry. Zamak is a family of alloys with a base metal of zinc. The name 'Zamak' is an acronym of the names of the metals of which the alloys are composed: Zinc, Aluminium, Magnesium and Copper (or Kupfer, in German). In terms of finishing, Zamak can be electroplated, powder coated, wet painted, and chromate-conversion coated, but cannot be left un-finished, as it will corrode quickly due to environmental factors. Therefore, we can say with some certainty that a Brass substrate is superior to a Zamak one. That said however, you will find many very reasonable priced Zamak door handles that will provide years of good service for the interior of the home.

Solid Brass door hardware has been used for centuries and really only decreased in popularity during the last couple of decades of the 20th century, largely because of the need to regularly polish the metal to maintain its shine. Manufacturers began to lacquer or varnish brass products to maintaining the bright finish. This lead to Brass being left in favour of metals such as stainless steel, aluminium and polished chrome, which were regarded as 'cleaner'.

So what are the main differences between Brass & Zamak?

- Cost - The cost of brass as a raw material is much higher than Zamak and therefore the manufacturing cost of brass products, is higher than that of Zamak products.

- Weight - Brass Products could weigh around double that of an identical product made from Zamak - Brass weighs 8.4 grams per cubic centimetre, whereas Zinc ore weighs 3.4 grams per cubic centimetre.

- Longevity - Brass is far less prone to corrosion than Zamak. Zamak is never left un-plated for this reason, whereas brass is regularly used with no plating or coating applied and is often seen as more desirable this way. Brass provides a more stable platform for the plating process - Chrome or Nickel will adhere to solid brass far more firmly than it does Zamak. Plating finish applied to solid brass finish is approximately 300% more durable than when it is applied to Zamak.

- Indoor/Outdoor application - Solid Brass based products can be used externally, Zamak based products cannot. Zamak products would deteriorate in a matter of weeks or months due to:

□ Extreme temperature changes

□ UV exposure after rain & frost

□ Chemical & Salt composition in the air causing the finish to flake off

- By contrast, Solid Brass-based door handles and knobs will last for many years under normal external circumstances.

- Scratching on Zamak from other Zamak items occurs much more easily than on solid brass.

Advantages of Solid Brass door hardware:

- Wear Resistant

- Spark Resistant

- High Strength

- Easy workablility

- Resistance to corrosion

- Attractive appearance

- Used where low friction is required

- Machinability while retaining core strength

- Susceptibility to plating

Solid Brass door hardware has been used for centuries and really only decreased in popularity during the last couple of decades of the 20th century, largely because of the need to regularly polish the metal to maintain its shine. Manufacturers began to lacquer or varnish brass products to maintaining the bright finish. This lead to Brass being left in favour of metals such as stainless steel, aluminium and polished chrome, which were regarded as 'cleaner'.

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

Can you mix door knobs and door levers within a property?

Thursday, 3 October 2019 14:03:31 Europe/London

Can you mix door knobs and door levers within a property?

All hardware within an interior should be taken account of, down to the very last detail. Every element should be considered, whether it is designed to match or whether it is designed to inject dramatic contrast. Either design method works well, as long as it is done deliberately. If mixing door knobs and door levers is not done consciously, then it could look messy. If you choose to mix door knobs and door levers, we have some tips.

Matching hardware within an interior may, in some instances, include cupboard and unit hardware also. Wardrobes, drawer units, built-in wardrobes and even kitchen units could be linked with internal door hardware. A common theme could be chosen throughout all fittings, something complimentary. Alternatively, you may choose to create a contrast with statement door levers on the main doors and door knobs on other cupboards and drawer units throughout the interior. Having similar tones, like polished brass and satin brass is a safe ground to start on and should link different elements together to enhance the overall design scheme.

When opting to mix items of hardware in an interior it is important to ensure the different elements come from the same 'family' or door hardware. We would recommend ensuring that all doors onto a hallway or in an individual room look like they come from the same family of hardware. Wardrobes may have a door knob whereas bedroom have door levers, but they may all be in the same finish. Sometimes people choose to label their door's into types. This split could be ground floor and upper floors separately. Recently a choice that is stylish and very practical, is to have lever handles downstairs and door knobs upstairs.

When mixing door knobs and door levers within the same interior we have a few tips that may suit your taste:

- Maintaining the same finish or finish type with all main type of hardware. A different finish could be introduced in the cabinet furniture.

- Finding hardware with similar lines or design styles. This could be a bold geometric pattern or soft sweeping edges.

It could be a round rose or a rectangular backplate. The elements don't have to look identical but should complement each other and have the same overall feel.

- Scale of hardware & its location should be considered. Every item should look in proportion to its surroundings and also in proportion to other elements of hardware.

As always with any aspect of décor, the decision should be based on personal taste and design. In the past matching knobs and handles were popular; today it's considered more popular to blend in different finishes in one consistent theme. Bathrooms and kitchens require a different approach and may incorporate a split finish.

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

The details are not the details. They make the design.

Thursday, 3 October 2019 13:51:23 Europe/London

The details are not the details.

They make the design.

CHARLES EARMES

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

Are door knobs or levers/handle better?

Thursday, 26 September 2019 10:47:14 Europe/London

Are door knobs or levers/handle better?

Door handles and door knobs can both be used to open or close a door. A door handle is a lever operated device while a door knob usually is shaped like a oval or round shape. Although there is a huge difference in appearance, they both have the same function - to engage or disengage the latch bolt from the striker plate located in the door. Ultimately we view it as personal taste and choice which item is used however there are a few aspects of the functionality and aesthetics that we would recommend should be taken into consideration when making this choice.

While there is no single reason why you should choose a door handle over a door knob or visa versa, there are benefits and drawbacks that may influence the decision.

Door knobs of any design are capable of adding a touch of elegance and style to an interior. The same design of door knob can be situated in a highly modern interior or a rustic and traditional setting, in different colour ways and look equally stunning. Door Knobs especially add taste in older period properties, due to the more traditional nature of the door knob. Door knobs also suit modern renovations of period properties; and often modern finishes are chosen to compliment the blend of the old and the new.

When fitted correctly, door knobs can be operated by turning the knob either way regardless of the configuration of the door. Door knobs can come in a large variety of sizes to suit different size doors. Door knobs also need to be set back into the door further than a door handle to prevent users catching their knuckles on the door frame when using the door knob.

Door knobs require good grip to operate and turn the knob which sometimes can be challenging for children or the elderly who may not have enough grip to open a door, which could present a potential hazard in the case of an emergency.

With door handles a tight grip is not required to operate. Only light pressure is needed to open the door. For ease of operation, especially in case of an emergency, a set of door handles should be the first choice. If having a tight grip is not an issue, you may wish to opt for a set of door knobs.

Door lever handles are a much more recent technology than door knobs, although they have been around for hundreds of years. Now the door lever is very integrated with modern interior design. Door levers really counter the drawback of door levers when it comes to strength and dexterity of the user. Users will often find themselves opening the door with either elbow, which is a great demonstration of the convenience of the door lever.

With levers there is a wide variety of options which can facilitate different functions. Lever on round rose or lever on backplate are options that can be chosen for practical or aesthetic reasons. A door lever on a backplate can incorporate a keyhole or bathroom turn and release saving the need to purchase these elements separately.

Sometimes a door lever will not lend themselves aesthetically to older period properties. Function is an important aspect but in many homes aesthetics would play a vital part in the decision making process. In this instance aesthetics may be seen as a more important aspect than function in the decision making process.

Posted By Adrian Ledgeway

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