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Hinges Fact File Infographic Guide

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Selection of Hinges and FittingsYou may not realise it, or you may have never really thought about it, but hinges are absolutely everywhere. Without hinges you wouldn't be able to function, from cars to doors, cupboards and even your fridge, they're all controlled by one type of hinge or another. There are wide varieties of hinge styles on the market and each and every one has been designed for a specific purpose, so it is important to ensure you use the right hinge for the job.

But how do you know which hinge to choose?

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Hopefully our hinges fact file will help you to make the right selection.

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A few things to consider...

Before purchasing your hinges, there are various considerations to make, including;

Weight - Consider the weight of the item as a lightweight hinge can have disastrous consequences if used on a heavy item.
Environment - If your hinges are going to be used externally then you will need to ensure you choose a hinge that is non-corrosive or is coated to protect against rust.
Style - Make sure you choose a hinge style that is suitable for the purpose.
Quantity - Often it might be necessary to use more than one or two hinges. With heavy items or long items such as a piano lid, you may want to consider giving the item maximum support.

Popular hinge designs

There are many specialist hinges available on the market but most jobs can be accomplished using one of the following;

Butt hinges - Non-adjustable hinges suitable for light cabinets
Butterfly hinges - A more aesthetically pleasing hinge suitable for windows and  light doors
Flush hinges -Simple and fast to fit as no recess is required but they are not as strong as other hinges
Barrel hinges - Ideal to lift a door away from a frame without removing the hinges
Piano hinges - Suitable for items requiring long hinges such as piano lids, offering maximum support
Pivot hinges - Attached at the top and bottom of a door, ideal for use on overlay and inset doors
Concealed hinges - Hidden from view when a door is closed and opening to 180°, they are suitable for a range of purposes including cabinets, cupboards and doors.
Flag hinges - Fully adjustable hinges available in left and right hand configurations. Offering maximum security, these hinges are ideal for UPVC doors.

However, if you're ever unsure of which hinge type is most suitable for your project then it is always best to seek advice as a damaged doorframe or cupboard could prove expensive to repair. All of the above hinges are readily available to buy online.

Caring for your hinges

Over time, hinges can naturally develop issues if they're not cared for correctly. Hinges can become stiff, squeaky, and noisy and often the screws can become loose, causing a door to drop or a hinge to weaken, which can cause considerable damage if ignored. It is advisable to carry out a routine maintenance on your hinges every so often to ensure their longevity:

* Oil your hinges every 6 months or so to prevent creaking and stiffness.
* If you're going to paint your doors then it is important to cover up the hinges with tape to prevent them being coated in paint as this can damage a hinge as well as making it difficult to remove or tighten.
* Check the screws in your hinges every few months to ensure they are tight and secure. Using the correct screwdriver, simply tighten them but be careful not to over tighten them as this can damage the frame.

If you're fitting the hinges yourself and are unsure of how to do so then it is a good idea to find a hinge-fitting guide to help you do this correctly.

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