Door hinges are pieces of Door Hardware that allow doors to swing open and shut. They are installed during the manufacturing or installation of your front door, but they can also be fitted in afterwards to replace an old or damaged door hinge. At Lockmaster, we offer the most reliable Internal and External Door Hinges, including Composite Door Hinges, French Door Hinges, uPVC Door Hinges, and so much more. Read More
During installation, a part of the door hinge is secured to one side of the door frame. This part of the door frame is called the “Jamb”, the other part of the hinge, is mounted to the door itself, which is known as the door slab in the manufacturing industry.
Types of Hinges:
There are many types of door hinges, such as Butt Hinges, Flag Hinges, T Flag Hinges, etc. All door hinges are made of metal, while some are coated in a plastic substance to give them a white, black, or brown appearance. If you’re having trouble choosing the right hinge for you, kindly contact one of our exceptional team members who will gladly assist you.
Butt Hinges are available in many types. Whether you need a hinge for an interior door or a cabinet, you are likely looking for a butt hinge. Because a Butt Hinge has so many applications, its name can be a bit confusing and occasionally unclear. However, when it comes to uPVC and Composite Doors Hinges, these types of hinges look nothing like an internal hinge and are easily distinguished.
Being the oldest type of uPVC door hinge, Butt Hinges are still widely used on doors, and are commonly seen on older uPVC doors. Because of this, they are frequently purchased to replace an older or broken hinge.
Flag Hinges derive their name from their appearance, which resembles a flag at full-mast. Unlike Butt Hinges, Flag Hinges are made of a leaf plate known as the flag. This section of the flag hinge attaches to your front door while the other part is attached to the frame. The leaf plate sits on top of the hinge’s body and is held in place by a swivel pin. This gives the door its range of motion and allows it to open and close. Because the leaf plate lies on top of the hinge’s body, this form of Flag Hinge may be lifted off if required.
T Flag Hinges
With a few exceptions, T Flag Hinges have many of the same qualities as the flag hinge described above. Its appearance is the primary distinction, as the name suggests. A T Flag Hinge is located in the centre of the body, giving it a T Flag appearance. As a result, the flag fits in the middle of the body rather than on top, making it impossible to lift the hinge off. To remove the flag from the body, you must first remove the swivel pin. Because a T-Flag hinge is installed between the body rather than on top of it, it is also known as an “Encapsulated Hinge” or a “Captured Hinge.”
2d Adjustment vs 3d Adjustment
All of the hinges listed above have varying degrees of adjustability that are often called “2d” or “3d”. This is usually stated in the product description or title.
A 2d hinge may be adjusted in two directions along its axis, often up or down, or left or right. A 3d hinge provides an extra axis of adjustment, which can be forward or backward. This forward or back adjustment determines how tightly the door fits into the hinge side of the frame. If this is excessively tight, the door will not close properly, causing the hinge to bind. However, if it is not tight enough, this might let draughts through the door.
External Door Hinges:
External door hinges are installed on the door frame or the door jamb. These are commonly used on Composite, uPVC, and French Doors.
Composite Door Hinges
Composite doors are a heavy duty door, as a result they are usually quite heavy. To compensate for this, a strong hinge is required. This is why our Composite Door Hinges are a great choice, they are a strong heavy duty hinge designed to take this weight.
The Composite Door Hinges on the market today are made of high-quality steel, which makes them resistant to rusting and corrosion. This is especially important if you live in an area with high humidity or coastal weather.
uPVC Door Hinges
uPVC Door Hinges are by far the most popular in the market because of the widespread installation of uPVC doors since the 1990s. They are used to connect the door to the frame and allow movement while supporting the weight of the door. It makes sense that many uPVC doors still have these roughly 30-year-old hinges. As a result, you might need to purchase a replacement uPVC door hinge. However, over the years, some uPVC door hinges may have been discontinued, and you may need to contact one of our excellent staff members, who will gladly assist you in locating an alternate hinge.
French Door Hinges
French door hinges offer no real difference from a typical uPVC door hinge. However, French doors often feature additional hinges due to the varying sizes of doors and tension they undergo. And, because French doors are mostly installed at the back of the home, they are frequently left open. Which is why a high-quality French door hinge is so important. You may tell if your door has dropped if you’re having difficulties shutting or locking it in place.
If you are having trouble choosing the right hinge for you, kindly contact one of our exceptional team members who will gladly assist you.