Heavy-duty gate hinges represent a breakthrough in gate hardware, offering unparalleled versatility and reliability for both indoor and outdoor gate applications. These types of gate hinges are meticulously designed to cater to the diverse needs of modern gates. Whether it’s a commercial gate, a residential outdoor gate, or an interior swinging half door, these heavy-duty gate hinges provide a blend of strength, functionality, and aesthetic appeal, making them an ideal choice for a wide range of applications.

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Tips for Selecting the Ideal Gate Hinges

When choosing a commercial gate hinges, it’s crucial to understand your specific requirements:

  • Materials: Opt for durable, corrosion-resistant materials like heavy duty stainless steel.
  • Gate Side: Ensure compatibility with in-swing and out-swing gates.
  • Aesthetics: Choose closers with finishes that match or enhance the gate’s style.
  • Heavy Duty: Select closers designed for frequent, heavy use and suitable for the gate’s weight and size.
  • Features: Look for adjustable closing speeds, soft closing options, and compliance with safety standards like ADA compliance.

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How to Identify What Type of Hinges Do I Need 

Besides the hinge’s characteristics, the choice of hinges also depends on your specific needs and project goals. To referee your needs, take the following steps:

  1. Identify your specific requirements (e.g., door weight, size, material, usage, style, functionality, and budget).
  2. Research different types of hinges (e.g., butt hinges, pivot hinges, concealed hinges, etc.).
  3. Compare the features and specifications of each type to determine which one best meets your needs.
  4. Consider consulting with a professional or seeking advice from a hardware expert if you’re unsure.

Still uncertain to make a decision? Below are some reference points to consider when selecting the right type of hinges for your project.

Half Surface Gate Hinges Style: Functionality Meets ADA Compliance

Ideal for half door applications, half surface gate hinges support doors up to 150lbs, fitting door sizes around 4ft x 6ft with a thickness of 1 ¾” (40-50 mm). These heavy duty hinges feature a self-closing mechanism for secure closure, fluid motion for smooth operation, and a hold-open option for added convenience. Additionally, the hinges meet ADA vertical clearance standards, as they do not intrude into the doorway, unlike some overhead closers. With durability and low maintenance, they’re a practical choice for various environments.
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Butt Gate Hinges Style: A Closer Look

Butt hinges type gate hinges, tailored for door sizes up to 4ft x 7ft and available in a thickness of 1 ¾”, offer a perfect blend of aesthetic appeal and functional efficiency. These heavy duty gate hinges are suitable for doors that open up to 120° and can operate effectively in those environments with temperatures above 32°F (0°C). Designed with both mechanical and hydraulic mechanisms, they support the need for a quiet and smooth closing experience. The numerical panel offers precise tension adjustment, providing a superior aesthetic, compared to traditional door closers. With its non-obtrusive arms and a convenient hold-open feature, doors can be effortlessly maintained at a 90° angle, enhancing both accessibility and convenience.

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Full Surface Gate Hinges Design: Advanced Features

Full surface clamping style gate hinges represent advanced engineering and thoughtful design, perfect for outdoor gates mounted on metal square posts. They are crafted to meet the challenges of gate hardware, emphasizing durability and adaptability. Exceptionally corrosion-resistant, the heavy duty hinges are ideal for harsh weather conditions or coastal areas with corrosive elements. The design’s adaptability is boosted by extender sizes, ensuring compatibility with 2″, 3″, and 4″ steel square posts. This versatility makes them apt for various gate designs and sizes, suitable for diverse architectural needs and aesthetic preferences, especially in outdoor applications.

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Q: Where should hinges be placed on a gate?

A: We recommend that you install them based on the stickers affixed to each individual hinge (top, middle, and bottom). This will help you follow our adjustment instructions. That said, changing the order will not greatly affect overall door-closing performance.

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Q: How many self closing hinges are needed for a gate?

A: For Waterson Hinges, here is the height recommendations:

  • < 60 inches: 2 hinges.
  • 60 inches – 90 inches: 3 hinges.
  • 90 inches – 120 inches: 4 hinges .

Door weight considerations for Waterson Hinges:

  • < 150 lbs: 2 hinges
  • 150-330 lbs: 3 hinges.
  • 260-440 lbs: 4 hinges.

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Waterson Types of Heavy Duty Gate Hinges

Waterson Gate Hinges combine speed control self-closing technology and traditional hinge mechanism into one attractive component. Available in full surface and mid-post versions, Waterson Gates Hinges are crafted from durable 304, 316, and 316Lmarine grade stainless steel. These low-maintenance gate hinges are easily adjustable to meet ADA & ICC A117.1 requirements for 5lb opening force and closing speed. UL-listed one million cycle times grade-1 testing ensures high quality, secure closing, and reliability in the interior, exterior, and harshest environments. 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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