Door Hinges / October 5, 2018 / Leala Melanson
Who would have thought that a door hinge could make the difference in the look of the door but it does. And you will quickly begin to see how important it actually is and you will be kicking yourself for not doing this sooner. Door hinges where would we be without them? Thats right we wouldnt be able to open and close the doors throughout our homes which would be a problem. Now even though these fixtures serve a pretty important purpose does not mean that you have to settle for any old ones. In fact there are many decorative selections available. If you are wondering how can door hinges be decorative well it is because of the fabulous materials that they are crafted from and the lovely finishes that can be applied to them.
Amongst all the different door hinges out there one of the most common types is the butt hinge. It is two leaves with screw holes held together by a pin or a rod. Both leaves are recessed one end into the door and the other into the frame. When the door is closed all you see is the pin. With this type of door hinge it is easy to take the door down because all you have to do is remove the pin. Another type of door hinge that is similar to a butt hinge is the butterfly hinge. It also has two flaps or leaves held together by a pin but instead of being recessed into the door and frame they are mounted on the outside and when opened have the appearance of a butterfly in flight. These door hinges are highly decorative ranging in style from colonial to art deco and are used only on flush doors usually for cabinets. T-strap door hinges are more commonly seen on garage doors or boxes because they lift up rather than out.
Selecting The Proper Door Hinges Now that you appreciate the invention of door hinges you need to make sure you have the right ones at work in your home. First make sure you have enough to do the job that needs to be done on your door. For the most part you will be able to choose between 2 or 3 door hinges on most doors. In some cases the door will come with the set number of hinges. In other cases you should think about the weight of the door before deciding on the number of hinges that should be used. While wood doors are generally able to be held with two hinges (unless they are very heavy wood or oversized door) if you have a steel door you need to make sure the hinges are strong enough to hold it.