Door Hinges / October 11, 2018 / Yvette Guerette
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.
The pin can be outfitted with balls or finials for a decorative touch. Similar to the butt hinge but used only on flush doors; doors that rest within the frame are butterfly hinges. These cabinet door hinges are also constructed with two flaps with screw holes held together by a pin. The difference is these hinges are mounted on the outside of the door and frame giving your cabinet a decorative touch. They are available in several styles to suit your taste ranging from colonial to art deco and more. Pivot hinges are made for overlay doors which are doors that rest over the door frame.
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.