Since the AIA in 2018, there has been an increased interest in Waterson hinges for many different projects. We have been inundated with questions by user, architects and spec writers in numerous states.

Are you also one of them? Below are some key questions which most people asked.If you can’t find the answer to your questions below, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us and we will be happy to help!

Product Design

Waterson Soft Closing Hinges

What do the digits at the top of the Waterson hinges mean?

These numbers are power indicator numbers. All Waterson hinges have an adjustable spring. When you turn the power adjustment to the larger numbers, the closing power will be increased.

How do Waterson hinge control speed?

Waterson hinges can control speed thanks to the hydraulic buffer and mechanical brake they are built with. By tightening the mechanical brake, you increase the break force and this reduces speed. Whereas the hydraulic buffer works in a similar way to a stamper and is ideal for quieter zones like busy offices.

Hydraulic Hinge Adjustment
Mechanical Hinge Adjustment

Size Problems

Is it possible to replace my current hinges with Waterson hinges? Will Waterson hinge be compatible with my frames?

Yes, you can safely replace the existing hinges with Waterson hinge (Mortise hinge; model K51M)
For customers in the US, Waterson hinges will fit perfectly, because it’s designed per USA standard(ANSI/BHMA A156.7, Template Hinge Dimensions)
For customers outside of the US,

check out our hinge dimensions/ hole patterns

There are different hole patterns on our current frames/hinges compared to the ones listed on your catalogs and website. Do you have any hinges with alternative hole patterns and leaf designs?

The screw hole patterns on our soft closing hinges are designed to meet the ANSI A156.7 guidelines. However, if we have enough interest in customized hinges, we will take it into consideration to make them.

Recommended Products for Different Doors

What Waterson hinge model would you recommend for guest room doors that have a fire rating in hotel projects?

We would recommend the K51M-450-A3 (Hinge 3-Pack) – (Bottom, middle and top) = (SA, SA and SA1). These are the best choice for hotel guest room doors and work as a fire door closer.

What Waterson hinge model would you recommend for use with glass doors and fences?

The hydraulic hinge is one of the most popular choices for glass doors, however it all comes down to the type of door you have. Check this link out for more information.

What Waterson hinge would you recommend for use with a fence?

There are two options, the K51MP for hinges that need to be installed between doors, and the K51P for hinges mounted to posts. The (SA, SA, SA1) 3-Pack of hinges is by far the most popular option.

What finishes can you offer?

At Waterson, we provide a variety of aesthetically pleasing Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) finishes on our stainless steel closer hinges. These include Satin Stainless Steel (US32D), Satin Brass (US4), Dark Satin Bronze (US10B), and Flat Black (US19). These are elegant and attractive finishes that are suitable for any high-end commercial or residential establishment and are highly regarded by architects, interior designers, and hotel owners, to name a few.

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What is your warranty policy?

  • Indoor applications – Waterson provides a 5 Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.
  • Outdoor applications- Waterson provides a 3 Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty.

Waterson Heavy Duty Soft Closing Hinges

Waterson soft and self closing door hinges combine an overhead hinge into one attractive component with optional hold-open and door stop features. These hinges are ideal for commercial openings, gates, and glass doors. The hinges are easily installed and adjusted to comply with ADA & ICC A117.1 requirements for opening force and to assure quiet, secure closing. Made with stainless steel, Waterson hinges meet NFPA 80 and are UL 3-hour fire-rated, as well as being one of the best door hinges for both interior and all-weather exterior openings. See all our features.

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