We love UPVC door hinges. If you aren’t aware of what UPVC is, it stands for unplasticised polyvinyl chloride. It’s a hard plastic which can’t move, and is incredibly sturdy and can be used for pipe work as well as frames. There are a ton of different hinges around, so if you find whilst reading that you’re asking yourself “what are black butt hinges” or “what are upvc door flag hinges” don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. We’ve made an FAQ section at the bottom so you know exactly what everything is.

If you have roof cleaners, helped build DIY Conservatories before or had to replace pipes in your home – you’ve probably come into contact with UPVC before. UPVC can be used for brackets, some parts of your conservatory roof as well as hinges, which is what we’re going to talk about in the following buyer guide. If you’re currently unhappy with your doors, pipes or other materials which can be switched to UPVC, then it’s definitely worth considering. We’ve also included some more information at the bottom of the buyer guide for you to help you make your decision when it comes to hinges specifically.

So, if you hate your current hinges, or, you just want to know the benefits and features of each hinge – keep on reading.

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UPVC Door Flag Hinge - Avocet MT3D Mini Triad

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The UPVC Door Flag Hinge Avocet MT3D Mini Triad is an excellent hinge either with brand new doors or to replace hinges that have broken. It has reasonable adjustability to suit a variety of sizes, and comes in sturdy UPVC which is excellent particularly for conservatory doors. It’s easy to fit, even if you hate DIY and overall is a sturdy piece of kit that does what it says on the tin.

Key Features:

Adjustable hinge for varying door sizes

Sturdy UPVC material

DIY friendly

Specification:

Brand

Avocet

Colour

White

Weight

431 g

Material

UPVC

Pros

Sturdy and affordable design

Great for those who don't like DIY, as this takes a matter of minutes to fix

Cons

Colour may not be to everyone's taste

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White uPVC Door Angled Butt Hinge - 150mm

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The White uPVC Door Angled Butt Hinge is a double glazed door hinge which is robust, sturdy and affordable. The materials are of high quality and the overall design is easy to install, even if you don’t like DIY. You can use this hinge to replace old ones or buy them if you aren’t currently satisfied with the hinges that you already own.

Key Features:

Double glazed door hinge

High quality UPVC

Lightweight

Specification:

Brand

Avocet

Colour

White

Weight

181 g

Dimensions

L 11.5 cm x W 1.5 cm x D 2.1 cm

Material

UPVC

Pros

DIY friendly and easy to fit

Cons

May not fit all door sizes

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White uPVC Door Flat Butt Hinge - 100mm Hinge

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The White uPVC Door Flat Butt Hinge is a double glazed door 100mm hinge. It comes with all pins needed to fit the hinge, and is made using high quality UPVC. It is powder coated for excellent durability, and is adjustable to enable more or less door movement, using an Allen key. It will also fit both left and right handed openings which is an added plus if you’re looking to fit two doors.

Key Features:

UPVC and coated for extra durability

Adjustable to accommodate extra movement

DIY friendly

Specification:

Brand

Avocet

Colour

White

Dimensions

L 11.5 cm x W 1.5 cm x D 2.1 cm

Material

UPVC

Pros

Easy to fit, takes a matter of minutes and instructions are simple to follow

Maintenance is low due to the robust and durable material used

Cons

Check that it fits with your door before purchase

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UPVC 3D Door Flag Hinge - White - AVOCET ET3D

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The UPVC 3D Door Flag Hinge is a three way adjustable door hinge with an additional security plate for external doors. It is made from durable UPVC and comes in white. It’s suited mostly to other UPVC doors but can also work with other materials if necessary. You can adjust it with an Allen key to your preference, and it fits with a number of different door sizes which is also useful.

Key Features:

Three way adjustable hinge

Robust UPVC

Fits most door sizes

Specification:

Brand

Avocet

Colour

White

Weight

481 g

Dimensions

L 16 cm x W 12.7 cm x D 3.8 cm

Material

UPVC

Pros

The flexibility of the hinge means that even if you have different sized doors in the home, this hinge could potentially accommodate all of them

Low maintenance UPVC material

Cons

May not fit all doors so check beforehand

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Mila Heavy Duty Flag Hinge - 100mm

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The Mila Heavy Duty Flag Hinge is a sturdy and reliable door hinge which can be fitted at home, even if you aren’t that good at DIY. You can adjust it using an Allen key and the product comes with pins, covers and a plastic pin holder – so you don’t need to buy these as an extra. These are universal hinges which can also fit to the left and right hand side of your door – it doesn’t matter.

Key Features:

3 way adjustment

Robust UPVC material

Pins included

Specification:

Brand

Mila

Colour

White

Material

UPVC

Pros

Simple to fit, even if you aren't great at DIY

Universal meaning that it can fit both left and right hand doors

Cons

Check door size as this isn't universally sized

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Era Challenger 3D Composite Door Rebate Butt Hinge White

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The Era Challenger 3D Composite Door Rebate Butt Hinge is a completely adjustable, 3d style butt hinge. The body of it is completely durable and low maintenance, and it’s suited to both inward and outward doors. It takes a matter of minutes to fit, and even if you don’t like DIY you’ll find the overall ease of this pleasant. It has a 90kg weight capacity, too.

Key Features:

Universally adjustable, for inward and outward doors

Robust UPVC material

Corrosion resistant

Specification:

Brand

Era

Colour

White

Weight

168 g

Material

UPVC

Pros

Low maintenance product, as the UPVC and coating means no rust or corrosion

Takes minutes to fit due to easy DIY friendly design

Cons

Check sizing before purchase as it won't fit with every door

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WMS/Avocet Butt/Pencil Hinge for UPVC Doors in White

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The WMS/Avocet Butt/Pencil Hinge for UPVC Doors in White is a universal handing door hinge which also comes with a removable pin, with ease of assembly. It has up to 1.5mm of adjustment, and the UPVC and coating of the design keeps you safe from corrosion and extends the life of your doors overall.

Key Features:

Adjustability and removal of pin included

Corrosion resistant

DIY friendly

Specification:

Brand

Avocet

Colour

White

Weight

141 g

Dimensions

L 11.5 cm x W 1.5 cm x D 3.7 cm

Material

UPVC

Pros

Adjustable hinge which is suitable if you are unsure about door sizing

Corrosion resistant which means very low maintenance (practically none)

Cons

May not be suitable if you don't like pencil hinges

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Mila Heavy Duty Door Hinge - 100mm - Brown

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The Mila Heavy Duty Door Hinge is a dark brown door hinge which is perfect for doors which are of darker colour. It’s a robust and durable door hinge which has an overall width of 100mm and can suit varying heights which is suitable if you are unsure at present. The adjustment requires an Allen key and overall is a reliable and affordable door hinge which does the job.

Key Features:

Adjustable design

Robust UPVC material

Dark brown colour suited to darker doors

Specification:

Brand

Mila

Colour

Dark brown

Weight

200g

Material

UPVC

Pros

Low maintenance design due to UPVC repelling rust

Cons

Colour may not be suitable

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Brown uPVC Door Flat Butt Hinge - 115mm Hinge

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The Brown uPVC Door Flat Butt Hinge is a 115mm hinge which has been tested up to 100kg and overall is a robust and sturdy hinge. All of the necessary pins and parts are included, and the colour is great if you are struggling to find dark coloured hinges to match your doors. It can also look very discreet should you wish it to be. The setup is easy, which is great if you’re someone who isn’t a fan of DIY.

Key Features:

All pins included

Dark colour suitable if you want to be discreet

Simple setup process

UPVC material

Specification:

Brand

Avocet

Colour

Dark brown

Dimensions

L 11.5 x W 1.5 cm x D 2.1 cm

Material

UPVC

Pros

With all pins included, this is a simple setup process which can take you a matter of minutes, even if you dislike DIY

UPVC material is low maintenance and won't rust/break

Cons

Colour may not be suitable for everybody

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uPVC Flat Butt Hinge - 115mm Hinge

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The uPVC Flat Butt Hinge is a double glazed flat butt hinge which is sturdy and made from robust UPVC. It has been tested to load 100kg and allows for simple adjustment using an Allen key. If you’re someone who dislikes DIY, you’ll find this really easy to set up as all pins are included when the hinge arrives. Overall it’s great if you’re looking to either buy new hinges to replace old ones, or you’re unhappy with the current hinges that you own.

Key Features:

Adjustable with Allen key

UPVC material

Sleek and easy to fit design

Specification:

Brand

HomeSecure

Colour

White

Dimensions

L 11.5 cm x W 1.5 cm x D 2.1 cm

Weight

181 g

Material

UPVC

Pros

Robust hinge which can take a lot of weight - ideal if your doors are heavy

Simple to fit even if you dislike DIY

Cons

Check that a flat butt hinge is suitable for you

Summary

Congratulations, you’ve made it to the end and hopefully you’ve got a better idea of the different types of UPVC door hinges and what could potentially work for you. However, if you’ve got to the end and you have no idea where to start, don’t worry. we’ve created some categories for you to consider before making your purchase, as well as an incredibly detailed FAQ to answer any burning questions that you may have. We’ve also included some more buyer guides at the bottom, just in case you’re looking to learn and potentially purchase new items for your conservatory or home.

One of the main benefits of UPVC hinges that we wanted to highlight is the cost of maintenance. UPVC, due to it being plastic, doesn’t require oiling or constant cleaning as it won’t be susceptible to rust. The only thing that you may need to do (particularly if it’s an outdoor hinge) is clean it once a month with a damp cloth to get rid of any dirt and grime. Overall the durability of UPVC (as well as the price) is what makes it so popular in the market!

Definitions of hinges

There are a number of different hinges available on the market, and some of the ones that we have mentioned are listed as some of the best. However, it’s important to find a hinge that works for you, so we’ve included an explainer video so you can understand all the types of hinges available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bddr_gd1muY

Colour

Believe it or not, you want to make sure that even tiny details like hinges match the overall colour scheme of your conservatory, for example, or another room where you are fitting the hinge. Dark colours will help to look discreet, however if you have a light neutral palette then you’re best off opting for a white hinge. If you are buying an outward facing hinge, then colour definitely will matter.

Size

Size definitely matters when picking a door hinge, as the wrong size could cause you problems later on down the line. Most products will let you know the sizing that will work with each hinge, so make sure you check that out as it’s absolutely paramount! The same rules would apply if you were measuring conservatory blinds or curtains, so you should apply the same principle to your hinges, too. When you buy your hinge check the sizing needed for an Allen key, as that is what you’ll be using to make adjustments.

Load

The heavier the load, the more stringent you’ll need to be deciding which hinge is the best to purchase. First, weigh the door and get a rough idea of how much weight the hinge will need to carry. Secondly, have a think about objects, bags or furnishings that you may hang from the door day to day. This could be coats, bags, frames or a coat rack which attaches onto the door. Finally, have a think about whether people will be hanging off the door, and what we mean by this is children. If your children are clumsy/not mindful (which is normal, we get it) then please factor that in before picking a hinge.

Door material

If you have a UPVC door, then a UPVC hinge will be completely compatible with it, as it won’t be affected by moisture, heat or UV exposure. However if you have a metal or wooden door (particularly if it’s old) you’ll have to factor in the material and how the hinge may have to expand in hotter weather or need readjustment in colder weather.

FAQ

How do I adjust upvc door hinges?

The best way to adjust a upvc door hinge without damaging it is by using an Allen key. If you don’t know what an Allen key is, here’s a video that explains the best way to use one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlwYeJ37JeE

When you know how to use your Allen key, you’ll need to adjust it with the doors closed. Turn 1-2 rotations in a clockwise motion and then test to see how it moves. You can then continuously tweak the hinges until you’re happy with the open and close motion. Do it in 1-2 rotations at any given time so you don’t put unnecessary pressure on the hinge.

How do I adjust avocet upvc door hinges?

Avocet UPVC door hinges are no different to your standard UPVC door hinge. Whether it’s a UPVC butt hinge or a flat hinge, you can still use an Allen key to adjust them. Unless the product specifies another way, always assume that it’s using an Allen key.

How do I adjust mila upvc door hinges?

Some of the Mila UPVC door hinges have three different points, all of which will require adjustment to get the desired effect. If you only adjust one, you’ll find that the door will still drag and won’t be smooth. You’ll need an Allen key for these however check that the sizing is universal across all three points before adjusting.

How do I fix a upvc door hinge?

Using an Allen key. You can get varying sizes within a pack if you have never bought an Allen key before.

How do I remove hinges on a upvc door?

Here’s a video tutorial which explains how to remove them

Please note that even if you’re removing hinges to throw them away, you should still take care during the removal process. Ensure that you wipe the area clean before fitting new hinges, and if there is any size of rust or detrimental wear and tear on the door, you should consider fixing this or buying a new door beforehand.

What is a flag hinge?

A flag hinge is a type of hinge which is commonly used on doors to facilitate movement. The flag hinge is mounted on a vertical plane, which allows for horizontal movement of a door – or – another piece of material like a cabinet for example. You could also use flag hinges in your bathroom or garage.

How do I adjust a flag hinge?

You can use the same method as the above hinges, using an Allen key. Please note that with a flag hinge there are three adjustment points and you’ll only see results once you’ve adjusted all three.

What is a butt hinge?

Butt hinges are usually used on commercial properties and in some residential homes. One part of the hinge is attached to a fixed component and then the other to a moving component, which would be your door.

How do I adjust a butt hinge?

Here’s a video explaining exactly how

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