Tammy Delacruz. Door Hinges. November 26th , 2017.
Door hinges have a thankless job. For most of their mundane lives, they simply swing back and forth, holding the door securely in its frame. Occasionally, they strain as children swing back and forth on the door handles. Other times, they shudder to a sudden stop as a door is thoughtlessly slammed. But when door hinges become a bit unhinged from years of use, they can not only cause doors to squeak, stick or rub, but allow heat to escape and cold to enter. Maintaining your door hinges is a simple process, something you can do once or twice a year. And it will keep your hinges working properly for years to come.
Selecting the what you need is easy. Measure the old door that you are taking out of this space and write those measurements down. When it comes to selecting door hinges, consider what this door will be asked to do. If the door is going to get a lot of use you may want to use three 3-inch door hinges to make sure its sturdy and will hold in place. This is especially the case if it is an exterior door. One way to tell what kind of door hinges to choose is to look at what was being used on the door you are removing.
If you dont want to see the hinge at all you can try a Soss hinge. These door hinges are commonly used on folding doors. Both sides are recessed into the door so it is completely concealed. One of the most popular of door hinges is the spring loaded or self-closing hinge because when mounted the door will close on its own. This type of door hinge is extremely popular in kitchens because people are frequently opening and closing cabinets. Once you choose your type of hinge you can choose the finish that will really bring your room together. Select from chrome, brass, bronze or nickel all in polished, brushed, antiqued or oil rubbed forms and match your hinges and cabinet knobs. Never underestimate the strength of door hinges or their ability to finish the look of a room.
If dealing with cabinet doors the type of hinge you use will depend on the door type. There are three door types; lipped, flush and overlay. A lipped door has a lip cut around it and works well with most hinges. A flush door rests within the frame and works well with butterfly hinges. A butterfly hinge works like a butt hinge but is hung on the outside and is more ornamental ranging in styles from colonial to art deco. The pivot hinge is made for overlay doors. One is mounted on the top and the other on the bottom with portions of each bent over and mounted to the frame and door resulting in a concealed hinge. Perhaps the most popular hinge is the spring mounted hinge. Fitted with a small spring inside this door hinge allows the door to close on its own, automatically.
Unlike the old days when door hinges were made of iron, brass or steel, todays hinges come in an array of materials and finishes. Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, most of these finishes are maintenance free. Left alone, they wont tarnish, rust or fail over time. What do begin to fail are the screws that hold the door hinges on the door and the frame. The stresses and strains of everyday openings begin to loosen the screws. This is particularly true on heavier doors that are either left open a lot or bear lots of traffic.
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