Door Hardware is available in a variety of finishes to complement each other and other hardware that you may already have in your building, on wood doors or steel doors. Finish availability and color appearance may vary by manufacturer, hardware type, series, and/or model.

While the “look” is important, when choosing the best finish for your commercial design project, it should not be the deciding factor on door hardware, particularly for commercial use. In commercial facilities, the application of the building is often the primary driver in finish selection.

Satin chrome is the best-selling finish for commercial facilities. Satin Chrome offers a contemporary look and feel that doesn’t stand out too much and fits in with most styles. Plus it is very durable and withstands more wear-and-tear than its counterparts. With this finish, chrome is plated over another metal to provide extra hardness and resistance to corrosion. Those unfamiliar with commercial standards may easily confuse satin chrome for satin nickel. However, satin nickel is typically used for residential applications and rarely used in commercial buildings.

Oil-rubbed bronze, which boasts a more artistic look, is the next best-selling finish. As a living finish, it is chemically darkened or blackened for an “aged” look. It has some downsides, though. The dark bronze coating wears off with time, to expose the dull brass/bronze material beneath. The process used to create the look can also cause variation in the finish–from dark chocolate to a dark gray with copper undertones. In some facilities, this is the intended look, but in other buildings, it comes as a surprise to see the wear pattern where the hardware has been touched.

Hinges

We only stock architectural finish hinges in the plated steel variety, to satisfy fire-rating requirements. Stainless steel is typically used for exterior outswing applications, due to its excellent rust and corrosion resistance. Prime coat hinges can be used for exterior openings if budget is a concern. It is recommended that a top coat of paint be applied to USP hinges.

US3 Bright Brass
632 Plated Steel, 605 Polished Brass

US4 Satin Brass
633 Plated Steel, 606 Plated Brass

US10 Satin Bronze
639 Plated Steel, 612 Plated Brass

US10B Oil Rubbed Bronze
640 Plated Steel, 613 Plated Brass

US15 Satin Nickel
646 Plated Steel, 619 Plated Brass

US26 Bright Chrome
651 Plated Steel, 625 Plated Brass

US26D Satin Chrome
652 Plated Steel, 626 Plated Brass

US32D Satin Stainless Steel
630 Stainless Steel

SPBLK Flat Black
693 Painted Steel

USP Prime Coat
600 Painted Steel

Locks

Commercial locks are available in a variety of finishes to complement each other and other hardware that you may already have in your building. Finish availability and color appearance may vary by manufacturer, lock series and/or function.

US3 Bright Brass
BHMA 605

US4 Satin Brass
BHMA 606

US5 Antique Brass
BHMA 609

US10 Satin Bronze
BHMA 612

US10B Oil Rubbed Bronze
BHMA 613

US15 Satin Nickel
BHMA 619

US19 Matte Black
BHMA 622

US26 Bright Chrome
BHMA 625

US26D Satin Chrome
BHMA 626

US32 Bright Stainless Steel
BHMA 629

US32D Satin Stainless Steel
BHMA 630

US11 Aged Bronze
BHMA 643e

Other finishes such as 10BE/613e Dark Oxidized Satin Bronze equivalent, BSP Black Suede Powder Coat, WSP White Seude Powder Coat, and 626AM Satin Chrome Antimicrobial may be available depending on the hardware manufacturer and lock series.

Exit Devices

Sprayed or painted exit devices can be used in lieu of architectural finishes for budget-conscience projects. Painted finishes are typically only available with medium or light duty devices. If budget is a concern but heavy-duty hardware is required, anodized aluminum is a good option. Exit device trim finish options, availability and color appearance may vary by manufacturer and/or series.

US3 Bright Brass
BHMA 605

US19 Matte Black
BHMA 622, 315

US26 Bright Chrome
BHMA 625

US26D Satin Chrome
BHMA 626

US28 Anodized Aluminum
BHMA 628

US32D Stainless Steel
BHMA 630

313 Duranodic Dark Bronze
BHMA 710

SP28 Aluminum Painted
BHMA 689

SP313 Dark Bronze Painted
BHMA 695

SPBLK Black Painted
BHMA 693

US4 Satin Brass
BHMA 606

US10 Satin Bronze
BHMA 612

Other special finishes such as US26D-AM Satin Chrome Antimicrobial, US32D-AM Stainless Steel Antimicrobial, US11/643e Aged Bronze, US15 Satin Nickel, US32 Bright Stainless Steel, BSP Black Suede Powder Coat, and WSP White Seude Powder Coat may be available depending on the hardware manufacturer and device series.

Door Closers

Door closers are almost always specified with a sprayed or painted finish to match other hardware. While plated closer covers are available, they are rarely used due to a significant upcharge and extended lead times.

AL – Aluminum
BHMA 689

DKBRZ – Dark Bronze
BHMA 695

LTBRZ- Light Bronze
BHMA 691

BRASS/GOLD – Brass
BHMA 696

STAT – Statuary Bronze
BHMA 690

White Suede Powder Coat
WSP

Black Suede Powder Coat
BSP

BLK – Black
BHMA 693, 622

Thresholds and Seals

Aluminum is the most specified threshold, weatherstrip, and door sweep finish by a large margin. Even when paired with darker toned hardware, aluminum is a solid choice. Aluminum is known for its resistance to wear and oxidation.

mill-aluminum

Mill Finish Aluminum

Dark Bronze Anodized Aluminum

Dark Bronze Anodized Aluminum

Black Anodized Aluminum

Black Anodized Aluminum

Gold Anodized Aluminum

Gold Anodized Aluminum

Satin Nickel Anodized Aluminum

Satin Nickel Anodized Aluminum

Stainless Steel

All Architectural Hardware Finishes

US finish codes were initially created by ANSI. BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association) set their own standards and codes. Today, ANSI and BHMA work together in maintaining and updating BHMA’s finish codes, known as ANSI/BHMA A156.18 Materials and Finishes. This Standard establishes finish test methods and code numbers for finishes on various base materials.

BHMA Finish Chart

Base Material Designation For BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association) Finishes
A = Steel Base Material
B = Brass & Bronze Base Material
C = Stainless Steel Base Material

US Finish
Description
ABC
1B
Black
601601N/A
2C
Zinc Plated, Commercial
603N/AN/A
3
Bright Brass
632605N/A
4
Satin Brass
633606N/A
5
Satin Brass, Oxidized
638609N/A
7
Bright Brass, Nickel Oxidized & Highlighted
636610N/A
9
Bright Bronze
637611N/A
10
Satin Bronze
639612N/A
10A
Antique Bronze Laquered
641614N/A
10B
Dark Oxidized Satin Bronze, Oil Rubbed
640613N/A
11
Aged Bronze
643eN/AN/A
14
Bright Nickel
645618N/A
15
Satin Nickel
646619N/A
15A
Satin Nickel, Nickel Oxidized & Highlighted
647620N/A
17A
Black Nickel, Dull
648621N/A
19
Flat Black Coated (Powder Coated)
631622N/A
20
Statuary Bronze, Light
649623N/A
20A
Statuary Bronze, Dark
650624N/A
26
Bright Chromium Plated
651625N/A
26D
Satin Chromium Plated
652626N/A
32
Stainless Steel Metal, Bright
N/AN/A629
32D
Stainless Steel Metal, Satin
N/AN/A630
P
Prime Coat
600600N/A