According to NY Daily News, New York landlords are required to install self-closing spring hinges to prevent the deadliest Bronx apartment fire from happening again. Many owners chose spring hinges as their self closing door solution. While both conventional spring hinges mechanism and Waterson Closer Hinges have the same advantage – self-closing functionality, Waterson stainless steel spring hinges actually sustain longer, adjust easier, and can be used on both interior and exterior openings.

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Sustain Longer

Some of the common spring hinges employ the design to use on medium heavyweight doors and medium frequent usage applications. However, Waterson’s self closing mechanism passed UL certified one million cycle testings. they also can apply on extreme heavyweight door (260-440 lbs) with high-frequency usage. Besides, our high-grade 304, 316 stainless steel spring hinges ensure resistance to scaling at elevated temperatures and maintains toughness at cryogenically low temperatures.

Get further details aboutr Waterson heavy duty stainless steel here.

Adjust Easier Without Door Slam

Unlike most spring hinges, Waterson’s VISUAL numerical tension panel and patented speed control unit make the adjustment process much assured and precise. Installers can effortlessly use the installation kit we provide to achieve the ideal tension based on different environments or user needs. At the end of the day, you have a clean-looking, speed controlled, self-closing door.

Go deeper on how Waterson anti-slam door hinges work here.

List of the Installation Kit

  • Both machined #12-24 UNC ½” L and wooden tapping #12 x 1 ¼” screws included — eight (8) of each type per hinge.
  • Pack contains five (5) spares as well.
  • Three steel adhesive shims for gap adjustment between door and frame as needed
  • Tension Crook: Keeps hinge open during installation
  • 5mm & 3mm hex allen wrenches

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Interior & Exterior

Exterior doors, by definition, are the doors to enter or leave a building. Due to the new law enforcement in New York City, every entry door and exterior door needs a self-closing mechanism. However, most spring hinges do not have the design to use on these doorways.

On the other hand, Waterson stainless steel spring hinges can install on both indoors and outdoors. They can readily resist harsh environments and perform auto door closing features consistently.

Features WATERSON’s Spring Hinges
Door Weights Heavy Medium-Heavy
Usage Frequency High Low-Medium
Visual Tension Panel O X
Easy to Adjust O X
Self-Closing Function O O
Speed Control w/o Slam O X
Interior Application O O
Exterior Application O X

Q: Where to buy spring steel strips for doors?

A: According to NFPA 80, section 6.4.3.4, only steel shims are acceptable for fire-rated door assemblies. Therefore, Waterson offers stainless steel spring strips for doors, which are metal door shims. They are suitable for all conditions and requirements, including fire-rated and even corrosion environments.

Q: Which stainless steel is best?

A: Most stainless steel is Grade 304, which is well-known for corrosion resistance, formability, strength, and easy maintenance. Grade 316, though less common, offers superior resistance to chlorides and acids and be considerd as the best type.

Get more insights about 304 vs 316 Comparison here.

Q: How do Waterson spring hinges work?

A: Waterson spring hinges have dual functions: spring tension for closing and swing speed for adjusting the closing speed. They come in six types (DS, SA, SA1, HS, SB, HA) to suit different needs. Each hinge includes two functions from: spring power, swing speed, latch speed, hydraulic buffer, and hold open.

To understand more about Waterson self closing door mechanism, click here.

Waterson Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Spring Hinges

Waterson stainless steel spring 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 spring 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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Please note that Waterson closer hinges start from a size of 4″x4″. If you’re in need of smaller self-closing hinges, we’d recommend checking out some other resources! Also, we only provide single acting closer hinges. Thank you.

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