Home & Garden Furniture

What Are Ball Catches and Flush Bolts?

There are a lot of ways that you can keep your doors locked, whether they are at your home or at your place of business.
Knowing about the different locks and hardware pieces for doors gives you the best chance at choosing the right one for your door.
Of course, if you aren't sure, you can always ask the manufacturer for information.
By telling them what sort of door you have and the kind of protection you are looking for, they will be able to inform you of the best hardware that your door should have.
Depending on your door, some may mention ball catches and others may recommend flush bolts - but what are those two things? Ball catches are a very simple sort of closure mechanism.
They don't actually allow the door to lock, but they do ensure that the door remains shut until someone opens it again.
Ball catches aren't used with doors that do need to be locked - rather, these will require more effective means of shutting and locking.
Instead, ball catches are most often used with dummy handle sets.
These handle sets are non-active handles that usually don't turn or move.
Rather, you use the handle to pull or push the door open and shut.
Ball catches are quite like how they sound.
The piece of hardware attached to the door frame is a small piece of metal with an indentation that is the right size for the ball.
The ball is in a piece of hardware attached to the actual door.
When pushed shut, the ball will roll into place for a snug fit that will keep the door closed.
This type is ideal for places like closets or other small access doors where you don't need traditional latching hardware.
A flush bolt is a completely different hardware piece and is more often found on tall doors where more locking mechanisms are necessary simply due to the door's height.
A flush bolt is installed directly into the door that, when flipped either way, is completely flush with the door so as not to interfere with other door mechanisms or other doors.
Flush bolts are most common on double doors, allowing one door to be locked into place and then the other can lock into it rather than a doorframe.
The bolt for the flush bolt is not on the side of the door, but rather at the top and bottom where the bolt slides into the door frame.
Consider your door's needs before making a final choice on hardware so you know how to keep your door securely shut and locked if necessary.


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