How to Match the Right Kickplate to Your Door Type

Posted by TheKickPlateStore on 11th Apr 2023

Kickplates are great additions to any restaurant, medical office or business. These protective plates can keep your doors safe from damage like scuffs and scratches, improve the cleanliness of your area, and generally make things safer for your environment. Choosing the right kickplate for your door type — especially when you have a lot of doors in your business — can be a daunting task. Here are some tips from the pros at Kick Plate Store to help you match the right kickplate to your door type:

Consider the Door Material

The first step in choosing the right kickplate for your door is to consider the material of the door. Different door materials require different types of kickplates. For example, if you have a wooden door, a brass or copper kickplate would be an excellent choice. However, if you have a steel or aluminum door, a stainless steel kickplate would be a better option. Don’t know where to get started with your particular material? Reach out to us and one of our specialists can help!

Measure the Door

Before you choose a kickplate for your door, you need to measure the height and width of the door. (This seems like a “duh!” tip, but think about all those times where you’ve bought a storage bin for a closet only to have it not properly fit on a shelf… ) Having the door specs ready will help you determine the size of the kickplate you need. A kickplate that is too small won’t provide adequate protection. Kickplates that are too large won’t properly stay on or won’t look good.

Choose the Right Finish

Kickplates are available in a variety of finishes, including polished brass, satin nickel, antique brass, and stainless steel. The finish you choose should complement the door hardware and the overall décor of your home. For example, if you have brass door hardware, a polished brass kickplate would be a great choice. Unified finishes can elevate your space.

Consider the Door Style

The style of the door is another important factor to consider when choosing a kickplate. If you have a traditional or classic style door, a kickplate with a simple design and a polished finish would be an excellent choice. However, if you have a modern or contemporary style door, a kickplate with a brushed finish might be a better option.

“Location, Location, Location”

Think about how often your door will swing open or who uses it the most. The location of the door is also an important factor to consider when choosing a kickplate. If the door is located in a high traffic area, a thicker kickplate would provide better protection. If the door is located in an area that is exposed to the elements, a kickplate with a weather-resistant finish would be a good choice.

By considering the door material, measuring the door, choosing the right finish, considering the door style, and thinking about the location of the door, you can find the perfect kickplate that will not only protect your door but also enhance the overall appearance of your entrance. Contact us for custom-size kick plates for your restaurant or call us at 800-517-1056 and speak with our knowledgeable staff. We can fabricate any size kick plate; drilled kick plates, pre-taped kick plates and countersunk drilled kick plates. We can also provide an approval drawing showing the dimensions on custom fabrications!