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3 Types of UPVC Door Hinge - Identify Hinge Types

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When it comes to the types of UPVC door hinges, as a general rule, there are three main types that you will come across. These are butt hinges, flag hinges and rebated hinges.

Let’s take a more in-depth look at each type in turn so that you can make an informed decision about which is the best option for your needs.

1. UPVC Butt Hinges

As the name suggests, butt hinges are the type of hinge that is fitted to the door at the edge, or ‘butt’. This is in contrast to flag hinges which are fitted to the side of the door. Butt hinges are most commonly found on older doors but they can also be found on some newer doors too.

When it comes to repairing butt hinges, the most common types that you will come across are those from WMS, Avocet, Paddock and Laird Challenger. However, there are other ranges available if you look hard enough.

2. UPVC Flag Hinges

Flag hinges get their name from the fact that they are fitted to the side of the door, or ‘flag’, as opposed to the edge-like butt hinges. Flag hinges are generally more popular on newer doors but they can be found on some older doors too.

There is a greater choice of flag hinges available on the market than there are butt hinges. This is because they are more popular. Some of the most common brands that you will come across are Paddock, Avocet, Cirrus and Mila. However, the Laird Nexus hinge is often found on doors from B&Q or Wickes.

3. UPVC Rebated Hinges

Rebated hinges are being phased out but there are still a couple of styles available from Paddock and Laird. Rebated hinges are so named because they are fitted into a rebate, or groove, on the door.

As rebated hinges are being phased out, you may have difficulty finding them on the market. However, if you do need this type of hinge then you should be able to find what you need from one of the two brands mentioned above.

So there you have it, a brief overview of the three main types of UPVC door hinges that you are likely to come across. As you can see, each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, the best type of hinge for your needs will depend on the door that you have and your personal preferences.

What Are the Main Differences?

The main difference between the three types of hinges is how they are fitted to the door. Butt hinges are fitted to the edge of the door, flag hinges are fitted to the side of the door and rebated hinges are fitted into a rebate on the door.

Another difference is that butt hinges are most commonly found on older doors while flag hinges are more popular on newer doors. Rebated hinges are being phased out but you can still find them on some doors.

Where Can You Buy UPVC Door Hinges?

UPVC door hinges are widely available from a variety of different outlets. You should be able to find what you need from DIY stores, builders merchants and online retailers.

When buying UPVC door hinges, it is important to make sure that you buy the right type of hinge for your needs. Otherwise, you may not be able to fit the hinge to your door or it may not work properly.

You should also make sure that you buy from a reputable retailer so that you can be sure that you are getting a high-quality product.

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How to Identify UPVC Door Hinges for Replacement?

If you need to replace a UPVC door hinge then it is important that you identify the right type of hinge for your needs. Otherwise, you may not be able to fit the new hinge to your door or it may not work properly.

The best way to identify a UPVC door hinge is by looking at the existing hinges on your door. If you have butt hinges then they will be fitted to the edge of the door. If you have flag hinges then they will be fitted to the side of the door. Rebated hinges will be fitted into a rebate on the door.

Once you have identified the type of hinge that you need, you should then measure the size of the hinge. This is so that you can be sure to buy a replacement hinge that is the same size as the one you are replacing.

You should also take note of the brand of hinge that you have. This is because different brands can use different sizes and types of screws.

Once you have all of this information, you should then be able to buy a replacement hinge that is compatible with your door.

You can always also take a photo of the door hinge before you remove it so that you have a visual reference to help you identify the right replacement. You can also use that to show the local (or even online) merchant to help you with identifying the right type of hinge.

How to Install UPVC Door Hinges?

Installing UPVC door hinges is a relatively straightforward process. However, it is important that you take care to avoid damaging your door or the hinges.

The first step is to remove the old hinges from your door. This can be done by unscrewing the screws that hold the hinges in place. Once the screws are removed, you should then be able to gently pull the hinges away from the door.

Once the old hinges are removed, you can then start to install the new ones. Start by holding the hinge in place and then screwing it into position. Make sure that the screws are tight so that the hinge is secure.

Now the first hinge is in place, you can then repeat the process for the other hinge. Once both hinges are installed, you should then be able to hang your door back on the hinges.

If you have a UPVC door with a flag hinge, then you may need to adjust the hinge so that the door opens and closes properly. This can be done by loosening the screws on the hinge and then moving the hinge until the door opens and closes smoothly. Once you have found the right position, you can then tighten the screws to secure the hinge in place.

It is important to make sure that both hinges are in the same position. Otherwise, the door may not close properly.

You should also check that the door is level before you tighten the screws on the hinges. This can be done by closing the door and then checking that there is an equal gap all around the door. If the door is not level, then you can adjust it by loosening the screws on the hinges and then moving the door until it is level.

You can also check that the door is level by using a spirit level. Place the spirit level on the top of the door and then check that it is level.

If you need to adjust the door, then you can do so by loosening the screws on the hinges and then moving the door until it is level. Once the door is level, you can then tighten the screws on the hinges to secure the door in place.

Be sure that the screws on the hinges are tight so that the door is secure.

Be sure that the door opens and closes smoothly. If the door does not open or close smoothly, then you may need to adjust the hinges. This can be done by loosening the screws on the hinges and then moving the hinge until the door opens and closes smoothly. Once you have found the right position, you can then tighten the screws to secure the hinge in place.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Ritchie Hughie

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