Commercial door hinge

Door Hinge Types

Every door has a hinge which allows it to pivot or turn. The components of a hinge are the leaf, knuckle, pin, and sleeves. Although there are different types of hinges because of the various size doors available, they all feature similar components like these. The type of hinges which are used will depend on the type of door that you have. For example, residential and commercial front entry doors are made differently and require different types of hinges. Plus, there are the interior doors of a property which have their own unique hinges as well. These not only include room doors, but also cabinet doors too.

Each time a person opens and closes a door, it puts a little bit of stress on the hinges. After many years of daily door use, the components of the hinges are bound to come loose or break altogether. If someone were to break-in the door due to a burglary or any other reason, the entire hinge would likely break off the frame completely. Then you would have no choice but to replace the entire hinge and all its components.

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Replacing Broken Pivot Hinges with A Continuous Hinge

Many commercial doors have pivot hinges installed on them. There may be 2 or 3 pivot hinges used on each door at the most. The problem with using pivot hinges is that they are more susceptible to breaking and coming loose. When using pivot hinges with residential doors, it is no big deal because those doors are typically made from a lighter weight material. Commercial doors are often made of metal or steel. This makes them much heavier and it puts a lot more stress on the pivot hinges.

For these reasons, if you ever have broken pivot hinges on your commercial door and you need to get them replaced, you would be better off replacing them with a continuous hinge. The benefit of a continuous hinge is that it runs the entire length of the door from top to bottom rather than having 2 or 3 pivoted areas. As a result, the door’s weight gets distributed evenly onto the hinge so that it can support it better. Continuous hinges usually stay functional for several years and very rarely worn out. The only thing that can jeopardize a continuous hinge is vandalism.

Fixing Stripped Screw Holes for a Door Hinge

When you have an older door with pivot hinges, the screw holes are at a greater risk of becoming stripped. You will know when this happens once the screws become loose and start popping out of the holes. Then your hinges will fall off because nothing is holding them onto the door frame anymore. You can’t just screw the hinges back on either since you have stripped holes. The only solution is to patch up the holes with dowels and then place new screws into them.

Basically, you would just drill through the stripped holes so that you can fit poplar dowels into them. After the dowels are installed, you will use a drill bit (3/8 inches in diameter) to make new screw holes in the dowels. Now you can try reattaching the hinges onto the door frame.

Sticking or Sagging Doors? Read This!

The first sign that your hinges are giving you trouble is when your doors begin to sag or stick. If you immediately take action, you can fix this problem simply by tightening all the screws in the hinges. In some cases, you may have to adjust the hinges first to make them more aligned with the door. Also, you need to ensure that you have long secured screws in the jambs which run through the framing in back of them. The worst-case scenario is you will need to sand the edges of the door if you find that they are not smooth enough.

Door Hinge Adjustment

Sometimes a door hinge adjustment is all you need to get your door functioning smoothly again. The top hinge is the most important one to adjust because it is subjected to more pressure from the door’s weight. If the top hinge was originally installed with short screws, then they will quickly pull away as you continue to use the door. This will result in a sagging door that is difficult to close. To fix this, you need to use longer screws in the top hinge and wood jamb. This will properly adjust the door so that it can be used without any sagginess.

Problems with Mortise Hinges

Before a hinge can be installed, the wood needs to be chiseled away so that it can be placed there securely. This area of the wood is called the mortise and it needs to be created at just the right depth, while not being too shallow or deep. Most doors are manufactured with machines in a factory which means you will likely have the right sized mortise already. But if the mortise was handcrafted, then you could run into some problems after you install the hinge. A deep mortise will create a big gap in the frame and make the door harder to close. If your mortise is too shallow, the hinge simply won’t fit and will cause the door and frame to bind together.

Replacing Door Hinges

The average door has 3 hinges. If you are having problems with just one of the hinges, you don’t need to remove the entire door to replace it. You can simply remove the screws from the bad hinge and take it off. Then you just screw in a new hinge in its place. The other 2 hinges will be able to hold the door just fine as you are doing this. Of course, try to avoid using your door as you are replacing a hinge on it. Also, be sure that your new hinge matches the size dimensions of your old hinge. You may elect to use longer screws if you find the wood to be too old.

Door Hinge Installation

Most people can handle installing new door hinges on an existing door slab. However, if you are replacing your existing door slab, then installing new hinges onto it will be a more complicated task. It would be better to purchase a new door which already has the hinges preinstalled. Otherwise, you will need to chisel or mill the mortise areas into your new door slab so that the hinges can be installed in them. Since the depth of the mortise areas needs to be 100% perfect, it is better to have a professional contractor do this for you.

Door Hinge Repair

Aside from simply replacing your door hinges, you may only need to readjust or lubricate them if they are giving you problems. All the opening and closing of a door will wear down its hinges. Eventually, you may notice your door making a lot of squeaky noises or it may become harder to use. If there are noises, this is a sign that lubricant is needed on the hinges. If the door is harder to use, try readjusting the hinges and tightening the screws. If this does not work, then your screw holes may be too stripped for an adjustment to fix the problem. Instead, you will need to fix the stripped holes by installing dowels first and then screwing the hinges on after.

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