Glass Door Hardware: Hinges

While glass doors can add beauty and character to all your interior or exterior entryways, choosing glass door hardware that either blends into the glass or pops out in contrast can really nail the style.

Types of Glass Door Hardware

Hinging a glass door is crucial to the stability of the door, especially if it is frameless. Depending on the thickness of the glass, the weight can cause sag if not properly installed. It is also important that a glass door be hung level.

Glass door hinges typically consist of two clamps that have a non-skid material on the inside edges to prevent friction. The clamps have a screw that fits into a pre-drilled hole for added stability that attaches the clamps to both sides. The clamps attach to a wall-mounted block and pivot.

The glass door hardware may also be a perpendicular floor and/or ceiling mounted pivoting device that takes the burden of the weight of the door in the corners. This type of door hinge allows the door to pivot more within the opening, creating a cleaner look.

A third style of glass door hinge is a non-bore inset glass hinge. This does not require any holes to be drilled into the glass, and will install either from the sides or the top and bottom of the glass. This type of hinge relies on pressure mounting on either side. It may also include an adhesive to secure the hinge.

Glass door hinges will come with minimal design elements, creating a flat, utilitarian look. The hardware is available in numerous finishes–bronze, black, nickel, chrome, and antique brass to name a few. These types of hinges are typical for all frameless glass door mountings. Glass door hinges are available in three styles: “straight arm” for overlay doors; “full cranked” for inset doors, and “half cranked” for twin overlay doors.

Installation of Glass Door Hardware

Glass doors can be installed without a professional, but it's recommended to have assistance. Due to the weight of the doors, it is best to have someone assist in making sure the door is level and the hinges are working properly. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions prior to installing a glass door.