A door strike plate is an often overlooked piece of hardware that is an essential for home safety, aesthetics, and proper functionality in doors. This
little panel covers a small portion of a doorframe where the door latch meets the frame, and helps both to reinforce the construction, and protect the
frame from damage. In terms of proper functionality, a strike plate helps a door’s latching mechanism to operate smoothly without denting the doorframe or
getting caught on any wooden edges when closing. This makes the mechanism as a whole work more effectively and last longer, and ties in with aesthetics as
a dented or scraped doorframe would be an unsightly installation. A striker plate’s reinforcing properties are what make it a security feature; Strike
plates are almost exclusively made of metal, which is an inherently stronger and harder material than the wood framing that the door bolt or latch would
otherwise be pressed up against.
When it comes to choosing which door strike plate to use in your home, your decision can depend on two basic criteria: fit and appearance. The fit is the
most rudimentary of requirement: you simply need to make sure you are purchasing a strike plate that is the proper size for the latch or lock it will aid,
and that it corresponds with the width of the doorframe it will be installed in (doorframes are typically standardized, but it is always good to make sure
that yours follows suit). The appearance is a matter of personal preference. Most people opt to use a strike plate for their door which matches the color
and finish of their door knob or handle, so we have a wide selection of strike
plates in nearly any metal finish to coordinate with whatever hardware you choose. ATGStores.com also offers free shipping on every item, every day, so
whether you need just one strike plate or a couple hundred, you’re purchasing experience can be simple, and you’ll have more time to focus on your project
instead of dealing with details.