When considering self-closing weld on gate hinges, material matters. Large, heavy gates require heavy-duty hinges that are strong enough to handle the swing of a substantial load. On the other hand, corrosion can be a significant consideration for outdoor gates around swimming pools or in beach locations. Either way, there are things to think about when choosing the optimal self-closing component for your weld on hinges needs.
Durability and Strength
Strength is an obvious consideration when choosing a gate closer for a heavy-duty application. Stainless steel is far less malleable than aluminum and plastic and thus can handle heavy loads without being deformed from regular use. At the same time, stainless steel can be welded, which provides added strength on substantial loads. Frequently-used commercial gates also benefit from the safety that a weld on hinge can provide — welding ensures permanent connection and a true, safe swing.
A discussion about material and strength in outdoor weld-on gate hinges naturally leads to concerns about corrosion. Corrosion of any metal can significantly impact its functional strength causing structural damage like cracks, partial fracture, and total material failure in extreme cases and harsh environments. Not only does corrosion lessen material strength, but it also looks quite bad. Stainless steel contains chromium which has corrosion resistance properties.
Waterson Heavy Duty Weld on Gate Hinges
Waterson Closer 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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