Thursday 30 June 2022

A Guide to Architectural Ironmongery Finishes

With so many finishes currently available in the architectural ironmongery marketplace, how do you know which is the best one to choose? Andy Matthews, head of sales at HOPPE (UK), outlines the different finishes and the benefits of each.

For people specifying architectural ironmongery, it is always a challenge to balance safety, security and accessibility requirements with the desired design of the end-user. At HOPPE (UK), we pride ourselves in designing and manufacturing hardware that achieves both.

Refurbishment works

During refurbishment programmes, it is not always cost-effective to replace all of the architectural ironmongery. Using a physical vapour deposition (PVD) finish allows you to coordinate new hardware with existing brass handles by providing a similar finish but with the added benefit of being more low-maintenance.

PVD is scratch and corrosion resistant making it an ideal choice for buildings where the door hardware may be subject to significant use. The hardwearing properties of PVD make it a more economical choice long term as handles will not have to be replaced as frequently.


Having accessories that coordinate with the handle shows an extra level of attention to detail that can take already great door design to the next level.

The new suited range from ARRONE helps door manufacturers to easily source high-quality ironmongery in a range of finishes that complement both contemporary and traditional door designs.

The suited collection is available in black; white; anthracite grey; graphite; satin chrome effect; polished chrome effect; and polished brass effect. These seven new finishes are available across selected handles, knockers, letters and numerals.

Offices and commercial spaces

Aluminium is flexible, strong and corrosion-resistant, making it the ideal building material. However, aluminium can still tarnish and oxidise over time if it does not receive additional treatment. One of the best ways to protect and enhance its appearance is by giving it an anodised finish.

HOPPE has been using anodised finishes for its aluminium door and window hardware for more than 35 years. The hardwearing layer created in the anodising process is fully integrated with the metal substrate, increasing its abrasion resistance and helping the product to retain its appearance. These qualities are particularly useful in high-traffic areas.

HOPPE’s duranorm® range has internal door handles that offer an anodised finish. The Dubayy and Ibiza series has a contemporary handle design to match a range of interiors. Both of these handle series are available in silver colour and polished chrome.

Coastal properties

Ironmongery on properties located on the coast will be affected by marine corrosion. This doesn’t just affect the handle’s appearance; it can damage the internal workings of the handle meaning the only option is to replace it which, depending on the type of door, could be costly.

HOPPE’s Atlanta handle range with the Resista® finish has been designed to ensure it can withstand the effects of weathering. Made from one of the only metals with a strong resistance to corrosion, the new solid brass-based handles are suitable for all residential properties, even those in coastal areas. It’s also minimal maintenance as any dirt can be easily removed with just a damp cloth.

For further information or for technical support, please contact the HOPPE (UK) sales office on 01902 484 400.

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