Are you building a shed? While there are many things to plan for, have you ever thought about the hinges that hold your door? While they might look insignificant, they’re the difference between a door that opens smoothly and one that breaks free from day one. That’s why you need to consider the hinges when choosing a shed door to make sure you’re working with one that is reliable, durable, and aesthetically pleasing.
Purpose of the hinges
Identify the purpose of the hinges, as that will be the deciding factor for your hinge picks. That said, there are two general purposes of hinges: security and ornament. Ask yourself whether you want hinges that provide maximum protection or ones that add to the shed’s aesthetics.
Types of hinges
There are several options you have to choose from. The most common type of hinge you’ll find is the “T” hinge. This kind of hinge looks like the letter “T,” where the short end attaches to the door, and the long end (the top of the T) attaches to the door frame. The biggest downside to this type of frame is that it doesn’t provide much security. Many hinges that are fixed to the surface of either the door or the frame pose security issues.
Other types of hinges are the following:
- Butt hinge
- Flush hinge
- Ball-bearing hinge
- Case hinge
- Hospital hinge
- Strap hinge
- Olive knuckle hinge
- Pivot hinge
- Heavy-duty hinge
- Ornamental hinge
- Concealed hinge
- Soss hinge
Securing the hinges
While hinges have security issues, there are still fixes you can carry out to solve this problem to a certain extent.
For example, using screws with different heads limits an intruder’s chance of unscrewing the hinge if he or she only brings one type of screwdriver. However, if force is used to break the whole thing open, such as using a crowbar, nothing will stop the intruder.
Hinge durability and strength
The durability and strength of the hinge you choose depend on many factors, the most important one being the door it is connected to. Remember, the bigger or heavier your door is, the stronger and bigger the hinges have to be. For example, if you have a door that’s approximately six feet high and three feet wide, you will need a hinge that’s approximately 15 to 16 inches long.
You must also consider the hinge’s material. For instance, use hinges made of stainless steel to support heavier doors. Of course, you can also use that same hinge on lighter doors. While it is unnecessary, it can add to the security to your shed.
A lot of people often overlook the importance of hinges when building their sheds. If you’re planning to create one, make sure that you consider the shed door hinges. Know what the purpose of the hinges is, then choose the right one for that. Different hinges serve different purposes, some are meant for aesthetics, while others are for added security.
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