There are many different hinge types, shapes and sizes to select from to suit a variety of different applications, based in your preferences. Each may differ in appearance, size and use.
If you are planning a project where you will have to install hinges, it is important that you know the differences between standard butt hinges and flush hinges. Different types of hinges have different advantages and disadvantages, and because of this, the hinges you choose for your project may mean the difference between success and failure. Research the right hinge type for the doors and cabinets. What follows should give you all of the information that you need about the most common types of hinges used around the house.
- Butt Hinges
- Security Butt Hinges
- Lift-Off Butt Hinges
- Continuous (Piano) Hinges
- Flush Hinges
- Concealed Hinges
- Tee Hinges
- Double Action hinges
- Friction Hinges
Approvals and Terms
When looking to buy hinges, there are various approvals and terms that you need to be aware of, but the common ones to note are:
- BBA Approved : The British Board of Agrément is the UK’s major approval body for new construction products
- BS EN 1935: This standard applies to standard hardware
- BS EN 1634: This standard applies to fire resistant hinges – i.e. required for fire doors etc.
- ‘Brassed’ finish means that it has been coloured to look like brass, it’s not solid brass so is prone to rusting.