Stainless Steel External Levers

When choosing a stainless steel external door lever, it is important to know the differences between each grade of steel and how this will affect their performance under different environmental conditions. The two most common grades of stainless steel used for door levers are 304 and 316. Despite being indistinguishable in appearance, each grade holds unique characteristics that will make them better suited to specific applications.

The chemical composition of each grade is what will affect their overall performance under harsh conditions. 304 Grade Stainless Steel contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel, while 316 contains 16% chromium, 10% nickel, and 2% molybdenum. The molybdenum is added to help prevent corrosion from chlorides and other common chemicals such as oxygen (the main cause of surface rust for metals containing iron).

Key differences between Grade 304 and 316 Stainless Steel door levers:

  • Cost
    Grade 316 Stainless Steel levers cost more than Grade 304, due to the elements that make up the overall material. Despite both being primarily made up of iron, the added molybdenum (which helps prevent corrosion) in Grade 316 puts the price up as it is an expensive element to include.
  • Corrosion Resistance
    Stainless steel as a group of metals is highly corrosion resistant but with the addition of molybdenum into 316, this increases the grades ability to withstand harsh environments. Often referred to as “Marine Grade”, 316 levers are suitable for use in more extreme environments e.g. coastal areas, although care should still be taken to clean the product regularly to prolong its product life. Grade 316 levers are also resistant against chlorine, which 304 are not.

We stock a wide range of lever handles in both Grade 304 and 316 Stainless Steel. Below are our best sellers for each Grade:

Grade 316

Weybourne 316 Grade Stainless Steel
Multipoint lever

A straight round bar lever on a narrow backplate. It has a Euro profile keyhole with 92mm centres and operates a multipoint lock. Certified to BS EN 1906 (British Standard for quality of door furniture). Unsprung and suitable for doors up to 72mm thick. Available in satin stainless steel finish.

Stirling 316 Grade Stainless Steel Multipoint lever

A brushed stainless steel inline espagnolette lever manufactured from 316 Grade Stainless Steel for top corrosion resistance. Features a weight balanced spring cassette to give the handle a premium feel and consistent 90-degree lever return. Suitable for 60mm-70mm door profiles. Available in satin stainless steel finish.

Grade 304

Sheringham 304 Grade Stainless Steel
Multipoint lever

A modern espagnolette lever handle with a touch of traditional style manufactured from 304 Grade Stainless Steel, providing an aesthetically pleasing look along with a long lifespan. Features 92mm centres. Available in polished and satin stainless steel finish.

Invoke Mitred 304 Grade Stainless Steel
Multipoint lever

The Mitred lever handle from Invoke consists of a straight round bar, offering a modern touch to any external door. This handle provides excellent corrosion resistance along with its simple yet stunning design. Features 92mm centres, available in satin stainless steel finish.

Along with our door levers, we also offer a range of stainless steel external door furniture. These products will offer a high-quality finish to your external door that will last for years when maintained correctly. Our best sellers for stainless steel door hardware include:

Invoke 304 Grade Stainless Steel Letterplate

Available in both a satin and polished stainless steel finish, this modern letterplate offers a simple design to complete the look of your external door. We stock a matching internal letter tidy to cover the cut hole and reduce any draughts through the letterplate.

Sheringham 304 Grade Stainless Steel
Sleeved Letterplate

To match the Sheringham external door lever featuring 304 Grade Stainless Steel flaps along with hard wearing springs to ensure positive opening and closing for years. Its draught-proofing and integral brush provide full weather-proofing. Suits doors from 42-80mm thick.

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