We get a lot of questions about how to replace door hinges and how to determine which kind of hinges to purchase. So here is a little help:
We have three different types of hinges; square corner, 5/8? radius and 1/4? radius. The difference between them is just the radius of the corner. There are various other types out there, but these are the most popular types of door hinges. We also have them available in 3.5? and 4? heights. To determine the type of door hinge you need, measure the height of the hinge first. You can easily tell if they are square cornered hinges. If they are rounded, here is a simple trick to help you determine if they are 5/8? radius or 1/4? radius. Just place a dime up in the corner of the hinge. If the radius is a close match to the dime, you’ll need 1/4? round hinges to replace them. If the radius is more like a quarter in size, you’ll need the 5/8? round corners.
Door hinges are often overlooked by a lot of people when remodeling or building a new home. Recently, while at a family members home, I asked them if they had thought about replacing their door hinges to match the knobs that they had. They looked at me kind of odd and said something like?’does it matter if they match?’
‘Well, I guess that depends on who you talk to. I think it looks better if the hinges match the doorknobs throughout the house so I changed mine out.’
After thinking for a minute my brother in law says ‘you know, I never really thought about it before but I’ll bet thats why your house looks as good as it does because all of the little things like matching door hardware that makes everything flow together so well.’
I think it actually has a lot to do with my wife’s decorating sense and artistic talent, but door hinges and doorknobs that match can definately make a difference in how the home looks. In fact, we get a lot of customers that replace their old door hinges?and Door Knobs for matching finishes. And we even sell to a lot of interior designers and home builders who like buying from us because we have a wide variety of matching hardware.
Oh, one more quick tip about replacing door hinges in your home. If you leave the door on the jamb and remove just the middle hinge and replace it first. You can then do the other two hinges one at a time and never have to remove the door – one of the hardest parts as doors can be heavy and akward.