Door Hinges / October 1, 2018 / Yvette Guerette.
Too weak of hinges and youll always be straightening the door. This can become maddening very quickly. If you have concealed hinges and want to move to surface mounted cabinet hinges chances are good that youll want to go with either semi-concealed hinges where only the frame wing is visible (the door part goes on the back side of the cabinet door) overlay hinges or inset hinges. It just depends on the type cabinet doors you have. One good hint: Before you redo all your hinges buy several different styles and finishes and put them on them in various parts of the kitchen.
Alternatively if you can identify the brand name and model number of your hinge you can contact the manufacture directly to determine if theres a clip-on attachment is designed to work with your hinge style. If so they will be able to direct you to the nearest distributor in your area. If you determine that the upgrade is not available there is an alternative discussed in the later part of this article. Presently the additional clip-on parts cost from three to six dollars per piece. Most average sized kitchens have about twenty five cupboard doors. Calculating one slow-close clip per door puts us in the neighborhood of one hundred and twenty dollars ($120) to upgrade a standard sized kitchen to have this feature throughout.
They can be purchased through numerous suppliers on and offline. Essentially the product slows the closing process of the door down so that it doesnt slam or make a load THUNK noise when it meets with the face of the cabinet. This new innovation in how cupboard doors operate is becoming increasingly popular throughout the kitchen and bathroom design industry. The developers of these European hinge products not only think about the end users experience but they incorporate ease of installation for the cupboard manufacture and on-site installers as well. This is why the concealed cup hinge design continues to dominate the market.
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. 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.