Gate hinges in outdoor environments need to face several demanding requirements, including weather resistance, heavyweight support, and extended longevity. These demands often lead to compromises in either the design or functionality of the hinge. While plastic hinges are cost-effective for light-duty and indoor use, heavy-duty stainless steel hinges excel in outdoor and commercial settings, especially in harsh environments like near chlorinated pools and saltwater, due to superior strength and corrosion resistance.

Plastic Hinges Limitations

Yes, plastic hinges are affordable, in well- design and litghweight, they still face many limitations. For instance, in harsh environments with intense UV light, plastic hinges can suffer discolouration, brittleness, and reduced durability, shortening their lifespan by breaking down the polypropylene material. Furthermore, they’re unsuitable for heavy-duty applications like commercial wood or metal gates due to their inability to be welded, which is essential for ensuring strength, stability, and longevity. Therefore, a heavy duty stainless steel gate hinge seems to be a go-to option.

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All-in-one Stainless Steel Solution

Stainless steel gate hinges tend to cost more, yet they are much more durable and reliable in rugged environments. Using 316 & 304 stainless steel materials, the outstanding features of the hinges include:

  • Gate Hinge Weight Capacity: Supports loads over 260 lbs, up to 440 lbs with additional support​​.
  • Corrosion Resistance: Made from stainless steel (types 304, 316) for enhanced durability against harsh conditions​​.
  • Quality Assurance: while xceeds ASTM B117 salt spray tests, ensuring longevity in seaside and commercial environments​​.
  • Customization Flexibility: Allows for small-batch customization, catering to specific requirements​​.
  • Safety & ADA Compliance: Meets NFPA 80 and UL 3-hour fire ratings; ADA & ICC A117.1 compliant​​, and even more.
  • Low Maintenance: Stainless steel’s resistance to UV light and chemicals minimizes upkeep​​.

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Waterson Stainless Steel Gate Hinges for Exterior Gate

Waterson Gate Hinges combine an overhead closer and hinge into one attractive component with optional hold-open and door stop features. Waterson hinges are ideal for commercial openings, gates, and glass doors. These closer 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 closer hinges meet NFPA 80 and are UL 3-hour fire-rated, as well as being suitable 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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