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Lowe's Gatehouse door hardware? Good/Bad?

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Lowe's Gatehouse door hardware? Good/Bad?

Looking for quick review/opinion advice on these products.

Looking to replace the builder grade door knobs in my house with levers. Obviously I don't want to spend more than I have to. Has anyone used Gatehouse interior door knobs/levers from Lowe's before?

All I know it's an in-house brand, and the only reviews I can find online is from Lowes.ca website.
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They're alright if u wait for sales.

Otherwise, consider Weiser and Schlage.
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I did that many years ago because they were the cheapest brand when replacing all my interior handles and they're fine, still work great and I've never needed to lubricate them. If you're super, super picky and carefully compare them side-by-side with brand name levers, the brand name ones seemed to have a "smoother" finish and more rounded edges if you're running your hands over them to feel the difference, but for the 0.5 seconds you're touching them normally, you'll never notice the difference.

I wouldn't use them for the exterior, though. Even brand name exterior hardware tends to have problems with the finish after many years of direct rain/snow/UV, etc. so I'm sure cheaper, house-brand hardware will deteriorate even faster.
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Thanks. Yeah, Lowes is having a sale right now on the basic brushed nickel lever economy 4-pack 50% off (hallway for $32.50). Plus if you spend over $100 you get a scratch card. Only got an additional $15 off, but that brings my overall purchase to $28.75 a pack, or $7.19 each.
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I wouldn't use them for the exterior, though. Even brand name exterior hardware tends to have problems with the finish after many years of direct rain/snow/UV, etc. so I'm sure cheaper, house-brand hardware will deteriorate even faster.
I hear ya... I would never consider buying this brand for an exterior door, only for interior. For exterior door security I'd go with a more well known brand like Schlage and Weiser. Those two brands have a higher ANSI grade score too.
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I installed Facto (Rona's quasi-house brand) about three years ago. No problem with the finish or action (which really are the main fail points). I wouldn't be surprised if the Gatehouse ones are coming out of the same factory.

The action isn't as nice as say the Weiser or Schlage, but at 1/4 of the price, I don't care. And anything beats the builders grade 1980's brass knobs.
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Weiser was acquired by B&D in 2004ish and B&D quickly moved their Kwikset stuff from the States up here and rebranded the Weiser IP into store brands, the most notable being Gatehouse.

In my opinion, the deadbolts you get with Gatehouse (as the old Weiser IP) are far superior. If you have older Weiser stuff you can buy Gatehouse and have them all keyed the same still.

The Weiser/Kwikset smartkey stuff is hot garbage.
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