The Two Cs

An Overview Of Common Hardware Used In Construction

Homeowners must work with contractors to decide the seemingly small details regarding hardware during the planning stages of a construction project or risk an unattractive or incohesive design. Learn more about your options when it comes to the hardware used in construction below.

What Hardware is Used in Construction?

Hardware refers to the tools and gadgets used to complete construction projects. General hardware used in construction includes (but is not limited to):

  • hinges
  • locks
  • keys
  • fasteners
  • handles
  • faucets
  • showerheads
  • light fixtures
  • nuts
  • bolts
  • screws
  • hoses

What Materials Can I Choose From?

Homeowners need to choose the proper material for their design, needs, and budget.

Some of the most common hardware materials include:

  • stainless steel
  • galvanized steel
  • copper
  • bronze
  • brass
  • plastic
  • aluminum

All materials have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. For example, aluminum is inexpensive and naturally shiny, but the more expensive stainless steel will hold up longer. 

Hardware Finishes

Do not mistake the material for the finish. The finish refers to the final appearance of the hardware. Some of the common finish options include:

  • chrome 
  • nickel 
  • chrome
  • brass 
  • bronze
  • stainless
  • gold
  • black

Homeowners also need to choose between a smooth, polished finish or a more natural brushed finish. 

While most hardware has a finish that matches their material, homeowners can find stainless steel products with a brass finish if necessary. 

The finish plays a large role in the design of the home. While there is often deviation from the rule, chrome, stainless, and black complement a modern design, while gold, bronze, brass, and copper complement a traditional design. Nickel, the most common option, transitions well between both design aesthetics, but it's somewhat basic.

Hardware Costs

The cost of hardware varies greatly depending on the homeowner's choices. For example, bathroom cabinet hardware can cost anywhere between $3–$200. A ceiling light can cost as low as $90, and a bathroom chandelier can cost up to $2000. Some items will cost more purely for design and others will have a large price tag due to the high quality of the product.

We suggest spending more money on larger, more functional hardware, such as faucets, showerheads, and locks, before splurging on nails, nuts, and bolts. We also recommend buying extra hardware during your initial purchase. It can be difficult to locate matching replacement hardware if necessary. 

You can save a significant amount of money in the long run by properly maintaining your hardware. For example, wipe down hinges and cabinet handles regularly and clean your faucets when you notice sediment accumulating on the inside.