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What Is Builders Hardware?

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Builders hardware is a term that has been widely used for many years to encompass a diverse range of components employed in construction and building projects. It refers to a broad category of various metal and non-metallic hardware products that are used in the protection, decoration, construction and renovation of buildings. It is sometimes referred to as “architectural hardware” and consists of products that are mounted onto the moving parts of buildings (for example windows, doors, cabinets, etc.) that are essential for the functionality and security of buildings.

As this global industry continues to grow and diversify, common examples of builders hardware includes hinges, locks, doors, fasteners, windows, exit devices, and security devices, as well as furniture and cabinet hardware.

Design and Manufacturing
Builders hardware plays a crucial role in ensuring the functionality, security and accessibility of buildings. These products are designed to meet the specific requirements of different types of building construction and applications. Additionally, they are intended to withstand the demanding environmental conditions of residential, commercial, institutional and industrial settings. These products are made of durable materials like steel, brass, aluminum and plastic. To match the style and decor of a building, these products can also be found in various finishes including polished brass, satin nickel, antique bronze and more.

To get a more in-depth understanding of the diversity of these types of products, visit our Guide to Builders Hardware Terminology page.

Classifications of Builders Hardware
Builders hardware can usually be classified into various categories depending on where it is used. For example, faucets, showers, tubs, shelves and mirrors would be considered “bathroom hardware” as they are used for the construction, maintenance and decoration of a bathroom. Furniture hardware would include products that are used to support the furniture design and durability such as furniture frames, legs and arms. Adequate protection systems, i.e. home monitoring, smoke detectors, fire safe security system and window guards would fall under the “safety and security hardware” category. Other classifications include door hardware, cabinet hardware, window hardware and more.

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