How To Correctly Measure Window Hinges


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Knowing how to measure window hinges is important when making replacements, installing, or performing a maintenance check.

In this article, we examine how to identify the different types of window hinges, the tools required to measure them, and how to avoid common measuring mistakes.

Understanding Window Hinges

Window hinges vary depending on the length of the hinge, the type of window and the material used. Common types include standard hinges for traditional windows, double-glazed hinges for windows with double panes, and UPVC hinges for UPVC windows. It’s important to ensure that you match the correct hinge type for replacement due to:

  • Compatibility: Different hinges are designed for specific window materials and styles, ensuring proper fit and function.
  • Functionality: Each hinge type is designed to provide optimal performance, ensuring smooth operation and proper sealing.
  • Energy Efficiency: Using the right hinge maintains insulation properties, contributing to energy efficiency.
  • Safety and Security: Properly matched hinges enhance window stability and security, preventing potential vulnerabilities.

Tools Required for Measuring Hinges

When replacing window hinges, you will need several tools for accurate window hinge measurements. These include:

  • Tape Measure: Essential for measuring hinge dimensions and screw hole spacing accurately.
  • Screwdriver: Used to remove existing hinges and facilitate measurement and replacement.
  • Pencil or Marker: Helps mark measurement points on window frame and hinges for alignment.
  • Level: Ensures proper alignment of window frame and hinges during measurement.
  • Paper and Pen: Record measurements and notes for reference during installation.

These tools work together to ensure precise measurements, which are crucial for successful hinge replacement or installation.

How to Measure Window Hinges

Follow our step-by-step guide on how to measure window hinges accurately:

1. Identify Hinge Type and Gather Tools:

  • Identify the hinge type and window frame material.
  • Have your tape measure, screwdriver, pencil, level, and paper to write on to hand.

2. Remove Existing Hinges (if needed):

  • Use a screwdriver to carefully remove existing hinges, noting orientation.

3. Measure Hinge Length, Width, and Screw Hole Spacing:

  • Use a tape measure to determine dimensions and screw hole spacing.
  • Measure from outer edges and record measurements.

4. Assess Offset and Stack Height (if applicable):

  • Note any offset or stack height for hinge operation.

5. Record Measurements and Consider Frame Compatibility:

  • Record measurements and frame thickness.
  • Ensure compatibility for replacement hinges.

6. Double-Check Measurements and Align (if necessary):

  • Double-check all measurements and alignment.
  • Use a level for proper alignment if installing new hinges.

Following these steps will ensure accurate measurements for successful window hinge replacement or installation. Adjust techniques for different hinge sizes and frame types as needed.

If you are still unsure after reading this guide or have attempted an unsuccessful replacement, don’t hesitate to contact us at Cosyhomes Windows. We offer a range of window repairs and servicing and can advise you on the best course of action.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Measuring Window Hinges

Some common mistakes can be easily avoided when it comes to measuring window hinges, including:

  • inaccurate measurement technique
  • incorrect identification of hinge type
  • failure to account for frame compatibility
  • neglecting to note screw hole spacing
  • not recording measurements.


Measuring window hinges accurately is essential for seamless replacement or installation. Failure to do so will directly impact window operation, security, and energy efficiency. Overlooking precise dimensions and alignment can lead to operational issues and compromised performance.

If in doubt, it is always best to consult experienced professionals and we are happy to provide further assistance.

The Pros & Cons Of Bi-fold Doors Explained


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Bi-fold doors are very popular, particularly as patio doors, as they are a great way to connect the interior of your home with your outdoor space. In this article, we’ll look at the pros and cons of bi-fold doors so that you can make an informed decision if this is something you are considering for your home.

PROS of bi-fold doors

Expansive Openings: Bi-fold doors are sliding doors that create a wider opening than a standard door. They are great when entertaining in the summer months as they allow an unobstructed view of your exterior and free flow between spaces.

  • Maximised Light: Double-glazed bi-fold doors are thermally efficient and fill your space with lots of natural light.
  • Space Optimisation: Bi-fold doors are a great space-saving option. They slide to one side, blurring the lines between the inside and outside of your home, unlike traditional patio doors.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: A bi-fold door is a popular and modern choice for external doors leading to your garden area and is also great for internal living rooms.
  • Closet Delights: Bi-fold doors can also be used inside your home. These folding doors are a great option for tight storage spaces or wardrobes as they maximise accessibility.
  • Interior Elegance: A bi-fold door is a great way to separate rooms when needed, such as a kitchen and living room while maintaining an open plan feel.
  • Versatility: There are many different materials and styles available for bi-fold doors, so it’s easy to match your home decor and living needs.

CONS of bi-fold doors

  • Security Concerns: It could be argued that a bi-fold door is a security concern, due to the high number of glass panels compared to other doors and its sliding door system, that could be lifted from its tracks. While older doors may be vulnerable, newer bi-fold doors have multiple locking points and strong glass.
  • Cost Factor: Bi-fold doors can be more expensive than other doors and it’s worth consulting a few companies before settling on one to install them. It’s a personal choice, but many believe that the benefits outweigh the cost.
  • Weather Vulnerability: Bi-fold doors can be vulnerable to weather-related problems, such as water infiltration, reduced wind resistance, and material degradation over time. However, with regular maintenance, this should not be a problem.
  • Privacy Concerns: Although sliding doors can let in a lot of natural light, they can also require window treatments for privacy if used in areas such as bedrooms or bathrooms.
  • Sound Transmission: Noise can travel easily through doors, impacting room separation. However double glazing can reduce this.
  • Installation Complexity: A bi-fold door needs to be installed by a professional and isn’t something you should attempt yourself.


Installing bi-fold doors is a great idea for tight spaces in your home, such as wardrobes or cupboards. It is also excellent for bringing the outside in, which is great for entertaining especially when fully opened. They are energy efficient, low maintenance, and can potentially increase your property value.

If you want to consider installing sliding doors as part of your next building project, don’t hesitate to contact Cosyhomes Windows for expert advice.

Our Guide On How To Make Your Conservatory Warmer


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During the warm summer months, your conservatory is an inviting extension of your living space however, during the colder winter months when there is little sunshine it can be uninviting.

In this article, we’re going to look at how to make your conservatory warmer and retain heat, including insulation upgrades, heating solutions, and cosy touches.

Insulation Upgrades: Building Your Warmth Fortress

There are several ways that you can transform your conservatory from a seasonal sunroom into a room that can be enjoyed all year round, while also reducing energy bills.

  • Double/Triple Glazing: Double and triple-glazed windows are very energy efficient as they trap heat and make a conservatory warmer. All of our conservatories come with the benefit of toughened double-glazed units throughout, keeping warmth in and noise out.
  • Roof Insulation and Ventilation: For maximum insulation, consider conservatory roof insulation. If your roof is made entirely of glass, rather than a solid tiled roof, you’re more likely to lose heat. Tiles can provide more insulation and if it’s in your budget this is a good option to consider.
  • Another option is internal reflective blinds. In winter these will reduce heat transfer, helping to keep your conservatory warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • Seal the Gaps: Draught proof your conservatory to help prevent heat loss. A cost-effective way to do this is to use draught excluders at the bottom of a door. You should also fill any gaps around the window frames using self-adhesive foam strips to prevent draughts and cold air from entering conservatories.

Warming the Atmosphere: Heating Solutions for the Win

If a conservatory or garden room is cold in winter, there are ways to keep it warm.

  • Underfloor Heating: Electric or water based underfloor heating can provide instant heat and warm a cold floor. Under floor heating is a lovely luxury and will evenly distribute warmth throughout your conservatory.
  • Radiators: Adding electric radiators is also a good heating solution and thermostatic controls are very efficient, helping to reduce energy costs.
  • Wall-Mounted Heaters: Wall-mounted heaters are an excellent option for targeted warmth in your conservatory when the sun is scarce in winter.
  • Portable Heaters: Stay warmer with a low-maintenance portable heater. Perfect for increasing the temperature on chilly evenings when you still want to enjoy your conservatory.

Cosy Touches for a Warm Sanctuary:

As well as heating solutions, don’t forget to add cosy touches to create a warm sanctuary, such as:

  • Thermal curtains and blinds for extra warmth.
  • Soft furnishings, will not only add a stylish touch to your room but will also make it feel cosy and inviting. Don’t forget about your flooring too. Consider carpet tiles or rungs for extra warmth.
  • Warm-toned lighting will create a cosy atmosphere, perfect for unwinding after a busy day.


Conservatories can be enjoyed all year round with the right combination of energy-efficient heating solutions and cosy touches. An older conservatory can be upgraded in cost-effective ways to improve its energy efficiency and a new conservatory project is a great opportunity to put heating solutions in place.

For help and advice on your conservatory, don’t hesitate to contact Cosyhomes Windows.