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Does size really matter?

Determining the appropriate size hinge to order depends on several factors, such as the type of door you are installing them on and the weight and dimensions of that door or cabinet.

Here are the steps to help you choose the correct hinge size:

1.- Identify the Type of Door: Determine if you are going to install hinges on a door or in another type of application.

2.- Measure the height, width and thickness of the door.

3.- Estimate the weight of the door. If it is a door, consider its material (wood, metal, glass, etc.) and any additional factors, such as glass panels, that can add weight.

4.- Consider the number of hinges: For standard interior doors, two hinges are usually enough. However, heavier or taller doors may require three hinges.

5.- Choose the type of hinge: Select the type of hinge you need based on its application (more information below).

6.- Determine the Required Size: The size of the hinge is usually specified in terms of height and width (for example, 3" x 3" or 4" x 4"). The first measurement refers to the height of the hinge leaf, and the second, to the width.

Choose a hinge size that fits the dimensions of your door or cabinet, ensuring it can adequately support the weight.

7.- Check other characteristics: Take into account other characteristics or requirements, such as the finish, the style of the hinge and the direction of rotation of the hinge (left or right rotation).

Remember that it is always good practice to consult a hardware professional or the manufacturer if you have any questions or if your application is unique. They can guide you and make sure you choose the right hinges for your specific needs.

And the base material?

Although most Emtek hinges are solid brass, we offer a plated steel option that is more economical. If you are trying to be more cost-effective when purchasing large quantities of hinges, plated steel may be a good option. A stainless steel option can also be a good bet for silver finishes like satin nickel.

Also, if you are trying to match a brass-colored door knob or lever, a solid brass hinge will match better than a plated steel one.

Do I need hinges for home or heavy duty use?

Hinges for home use and hinges for industrial use are mainly differentiated by their construction, load capacity and durability.

Residential Hinges:

  • Designed for typical interior doors. They have a lower load capacity and are suitable for doors that are not excessively heavy or used frequently.
  • Generally less robust and may have a shorter lifespan when subjected to heavy use. More suitable for relatively low stress conditions.
  • They can be made of steel, brass or other materials, and often have decorative finishes. Designed to harmonize with the aesthetics of a home.
  • Suitable for interior and exterior residential doors, and other low-traffic areas of homes.

Heavy duty hinges:

  • Built to withstand considerable weight and high traffic. Commonly used in commercial and industrial environments where doors are larger, thicker and subject to constant use and abuse.
  • Built with durability in mind first and foremost. They are typically made from stronger materials, have reinforced components, and are designed to withstand the wear and tear of high-traffic environments.
  • They are usually made of more resistant materials, such as stainless steel or other alloys. The design focuses more on strength and durability than aesthetics.
  • They are used in commercial and industrial settings, such as schools, hospitals, warehouses and industrial facilities, where doors are larger, heavier and used more frequently.

What are Plain Bearing Hinges and Ball Bearing Hinges?

Plain Bearing Hinges:

  • A simple and cost-effective design. They consist of a simple, non-sealed, non-friction-reducing pin that rotates within the knuckles of the hinge. The design does not incorporate any additional bearings or mechanisms to reduce friction.
  • They do not provide the same level of smooth operation and long-term durability as ball bearing hinges. More susceptible to wear and friction, which can cause squeaking.
  • Generally suitable for doors of standard weight and use. They are typically used in residential and light commercial applications.
  • They may require more frequent maintenance, such as lubrication, to prevent wear and ensure smooth operation.

Hinges with Ball Bearings:

  • They incorporate ball bearings inside the hinge knuckles. These bearings reduce friction and create a smoother, more durable pivot point for the hinge, making it easier to move the door, but may come at an additional cost.
  • They offer much smoother operation and greater durability. Ball bearings effectively reduce friction, resulting in quieter, longer-lasting operation. They are ideal for high traffic areas and heavy doors.
  • Designed to support heavier doors and withstand frequent use. They are commonly used in commercial and industrial environments and for heavy exterior doors.
  • They require less maintenance due to lower friction and greater durability.

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