Gate hinges require a lot of attention to detail. Picking the right ones for your home or commercial property may not be as easy as it sounds. You need to consider all the minute details, including the size and strength of the gate hinge appropriate for the weight and width of your gates.
All of these elements have a direct impact on the center of gravity of your gates. Gate hinges may be the most challenging part, but the good news is when you land your hands on the best ones, the rest of the work becomes easy. This includes latches, gates and wheels for the gates.
So what are the primary considerations when it comes to choosing gate hinges? Let’s look at the details below.
Types of Gate Hinges
You’re probably familiar with Tee hinges, or Cross Garnet hinges as they are sometimes known, as they are quite a common hinge. They can be found on lightweight gates, garage doors, shed doors and even internal, cottage style, ledged and braced doors.
The Tee hinge comprises a rectangular-shaped knuckle which fits to the gate post (or door frame) and has a tapered strap which fits to the gate (or door).
These are available in several gauges of light, medium and heavy duty (although we only stock the heavy duty), and a couple of different finishes: Bright Zinc Plated, Black, Premium Black (black over galvanised) and Marine Grade stainless steel.
These are similar to the Tee hinges, however, these feature two tapered straps. These are surface-mounted hinges and attach only with screws.
These are used on bi-folding gates and doors (i.e. when hanging a gate (or door) from another gate (or door).) as an alternative to either the band and gudgeon or adjustable hinges.
You’d hang the door or gate from the frame or gate post in the usual way using any of the hinges mentioned above, then use the strap hinges to hang the inner gates from this gate.
Heavy Duty Bolt-on / Weld-on Hinges
For large metal gates, our heavy duty bolt-on and/or weld-on hinges are typically the best option. These hinges provide what is typically the highest weight rating- often exceeding numbers of 1000 lb per pair. These types of hinges also tend to be very cost efficient in relation to how strong and long lasting they are. Installation tends to be a bit more involved, so for a DIY homeowner, this option may not be the easiest.
Hinges of this type also tend to leave a larger gap between the frame and gate, so these would not be ideal if a more concealed look is desired.Beyond this, these hinges provide very little downside.
Pintle hinges can be used on gates that you want to swing both ways (or gates that you want to swing only one way). This type of hinge can hold a lot of weight for its size. They are also good when you are mounting the gate to a masonry wall. To install in a masonry wall drill the proper size hole, insert a lag anchor in the hole and screw the bolt hook into the lag anchor. Another feature of this type of gate hinge is that once installed the gate can be removed by lifting it off of the bolt hook.
Butt Hinges with Dummy Straps
One of the best ways to hang a heavy gate, barn door or carriage house door is to use butt hinges and dummy straps. The butt hinges are installed just like the hinges on your front door, however, it is usually not necessary to mortise the hinges. Butt hinges installed this way can hold a lot of weight. Dummy straps can then be installed on the surface of the door to give it the look of an actual strap hinge. You can use 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, 5″ x 5″, or 6″ x 6″ butt hinges depending on the size of your door and what it is mounted to. If you order prime coated butt hinges they can easily be spray painted black to match the dummy straps. It is a good idea to use the largest size hinge that will fit and at least 3 hinges.
Tips to Choose the Right Type of Gate Hinge for Your Application
The specific type of gate hinges described above ensure the smooth movement of your gate although your gate material also needs to be of good quality and constructed well. Choosing the right type of hinge would depend on the type of your gate, traffic through the day, and weight, height, and width of the gate among other factors. Here are some tips which may help you make the right decision when selecting hinges for your gate:
The Best Gate Hinges in 2021:
These hinges, although small, have been designed for some of the heaviest gates around. They are able to support up to 500lbs of gate, which is a hefty amount of gate. They are particularly designed for swing gates, although they can work well with just about anything that is thrown at them.
Barrel hinges are some of the trickiest hinges to install, but once they are in place, they lead little in the way of maintenance. These particular hinges are fully greased up inside the heavy duty ball bearing gate hinges and will provide years and years of usage without so much as faltering.
For heavy gates, these are going to be some of the best hinges that money can buy. Worth each and every penny spent on them. This may be one of the better gate hinges for double gates.
These hinges have been specifically designed for those who want a beautiful look for wood. They are not the toughest hinges in the world. Which means that they will probably not be ideal for those people. Who need to have a lot of protection on their property. But they certainly do look good.
The real highlight of these gate hinges is that they should be easy to install. It is simply a matter of screwing them into place. The only thing required will be a drill to drill your pilot hole, coupled with a good screwdriver to drive those screws home. So, you can set up heavy duty driveway gate hinges in easy way.
For a touch of rustic charm added to your property, these hinges are going to play the part well. A must-purchase, just as long as somebody is not trying to secure their property well.
These hinges are as simple as hinges can get, and the price being charged for them really shows that this is the case. They come with their own latch, which means a person would only need to purchase a good quality handle and they will have all the gate hardware needed.
Since these are basic hinges, they are not going to be very secure. If a person needs to secure up expensive parts of their property, then they would probably do well looking elsewhere because these hinges are not going to perform. They are more basic hinges for securing up a yard and the like. That being said, for the money they are tough and can put up with a lot of extreme weather conditions.
If a person is looking for cheap gate hardware. Well, this may be one of the better options that money can buy for them. You are sacrificing security, but if somebody is purchasing gate hardware this cheap, security was probably not at the top of their mind anyway.
These hinges are made out of a non-rusting polymer and stainless steel. You can install them easily in any gate by drilling holes, measuring them, and holding them in place with lag screws. To use the gate you can push the button to close it or pull it open. The weight-bearing capacity for these hinges is 1128 lbs, and the closing weight of 187 pounds.
Toggle hinges are self-closing, meaning when lifted away from the wall or other piece that they’re fastened to, they will swing closed on their own weight. These hinges can be adjusted both vertically and horizontally for maximum flexibility and ease of installation.
Due to the durability and installation process, these hinges can be used on most residential or commercial gates. The hinges are installed so that they face downward. There are some disadvantages to this hinge type. However, they do look good and have an easily detectable safety mechanism. They are durable too.
These hinges are made of solid steel. It is easy to install them; all you have to do is drill a hole the pin’s size, which is located on the inside surface of the hinge, and secure it using a nail. The length is 32mm/1.3 in (folding hinge: closing plate folded together 3 times high).
This product consists of 1 steel ball bearing, 2 steel bolts, and 2 nuts. The 4 stainless steel balls inside the hinge allow the gate to swing horizontally without friction. Depending on which side of the existing construction you install a hinge, it will dictate whether you need to screw screws or use a bolt and nut.
The knobs, screws, and nuts are made out of steel. Installing the hardware involves using two bolts for each gate hinge to a structure with an opening for the hinge. You may need extra hardware depending on the gate’s construction type since variations in gate designs exist. Gate hinges attach onto the top and bottom joints on your gate support and are used for gates with openings between 33 and 140 inches wide.
How to Install Gate Hinges
1. Position the top hinge against the gate temporarily to locate the best location for a solid installation. Mark the hinge location with a grease pencil. Depending on the type of hinge you choose, you can install it on the exterior of the fence or the interior of the gate. Position the bottom hinge against the gate to locate the best location. Place the hinges where the gate will ultimately swing in the direction you desire, either away from the enclosure or into the enclosure. Some hinge types are able to swing in both directions. When working with a wood gate, you will want the hinge to grab as much wood as possible.
2. Using a power drill with a drill bit, drill pilot holes at each of the marked locations for the hinge screws to double check how they will look before you proceed with the rest of the installation. Take the hinges apart, if necessary, to allow for smooth installation while holding the gate in place when you are ready to install the hinge screws to the fence post or adjacent structure. It helps to have a second pair of hands during this step in the installation process. Replace the drill bit with a screwdriver bit. Position the hinges for installation.
3. Place a solid piece of wood or a concrete block on the ground to support the weight of the gate as you position it for installation onto the fence post. You want to alleviate as much stress on the screws as you possibly can to ensure the gate is level and the hardware is functioning properly. Drive the hinge screws into the fence post and the gate as far as they will go to ensure a tight fit. You might need to use a ratchet to prevent the motor in your drill from burning out.
4. Once all the hinges are successfully installed, inspect them to check that the gate functions properly by swinging the gate open and closed a few times. Allow the gate to come to a full stop. If the gate settles without swinging in either direction, the gate is level and your installation is complete.
5. If you are also installing a center cross brace, mark the location of the brace on the latch-side fence post. Insert the latch strike in the latch. Position the two components of the latch against the post at the cross brace location and the gate until you are satisfied with the final placement. The final position of the center cross brace must allow the gate to shut flush with the fence. Mark the mounting hole locations. Drill pilot holes at each of the hole locations. Attach the screws for the gate latch to the fence post and strike to the gate to complete your gate installation.