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Doors can last up to 30 years, while hinges may give out after 15 years or so. You do the math.
Life expediency is even worse for Closers. These little hardware items work hard all day long, so your door can close without slamming shut. These start to goaround 7 years out.
Replacing or repairing either of these pieces of hardware yourself is a headache and a half, but Best Handyman Boston can get the job done quickly and done right.
How can I tell when it’s time to replace hinges?
Some reasons are mechanical—the hinge just stops working. They stick and make it harder to open your doors, and after a while no amount of WD-40 will make the problem go away.
There’s also the malfunction you get when you paint your doors (or when someone else has painted your doors). Hinges that are covered in dried paint can do their jobs, but eventually they’ll get fouled up with dried and chipping paint.
Other reasons are a bit more aesthetic: when you replace your door knobs and locks you might want hinges that are a better match for that hardware than the hinges you currently own. You’d be surprised how much swapping out all parts of a door’s hardware can refresh your home, too.
Finally, many of our customers have been forced to replace their hinges for security reasons. If you’ve been the victim of a break-in your hinges have probably been damaged. You may need to replace them (and/or the locks, and/or the whole door) as a result.
You can’t calculate the importance of panic hardware?
Panic hardware is generally required for commercial buildings. It allows people to get out of buildings quickly in the event of a fire or other emergency.
We certainly do install this hardware into rental properties and small businesses across the Boston metro area.
Call now or log into your Personal Portal for Best Handyman Plan Priority Service. We’ll get back to you in 24-48 hours, even on the weekend.
Paint buildup on old hinges affects their operation.