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Question DetailsAsked on 5/6/2014

Are nickel door knobs and hinges more expensive than brass door knobs and hinges?

Building a new house and my contractor wants to charge me an additional $400 to change the door knobs and hinges from brass to nickel.

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Yes they are - from 5-100% more than polished brass depending on manufacturer - generally about same price as stainless steel, with antique brass and distressed bronze finishes more or less between polished brass and nickel. Depends a LOT on manufacturer - some schlage are only about 5-10% more, some Kwikset are over 100% more in nickel- and nickel knobsets run much higher proportionally than hinges. So, you are talking maybe $1/cabinet door more for hinges, $1/regular door more on hinges, and $5-25/door more for nickel - so with a house with say 20 kitchen and bath cabinet doors and maybe 8 interior doors and 2 exterior doors, that might be on the order of 20x1 plus 8x1 plus 8x10 plus 2x1 plus 2x25 = $160 as a midrange - more if your locksets are higher end so more like $25 each higher on knobsets would push it to the $300 range - and a lot of larger houses have more doors than I counted, and I did not include closets.

If he has the hardware purchased already so he has to return it, then a 10-15% restocking charge could easily make up the difference.

So - I would say not out of the realm of reasonableness, if you are using higher end hardware in the first place - also I did not include any drawer pulls or knobs - that could be another $1-5/cabinet door, plus any closet door handles, etc - adds up quick.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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