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The Complete Guide for Finding the Right Hinge For Your Next Project.

Posted by Austin Hardware on Nov 18, 2019 10:02:00 AM

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Have you been looking for the right hinge for your project or design? Can’t seem to find the right one? You are not alone.  It’s not uncommon to have a difficult time determining what hardware you may need for a project. With so many options on the market, you might be wondering what to look for or have few questions to help you make the right decision. At Austin Hardware®, we have the product knowledge and customer service team ready and available to provide suggestions and solutions for your hinge needs. Whether you’re a large business, small business, or Do-It-Yourself enthusiast looking for hinges for a project, we are here to help you. How do you determine the right type of hinge for your project or business needs? 

  1. Consider the application – Is this for a specific project? Are you building cabinetry, furniture, is this for indoors or outdoors? Narrowing down your options based on the project you’re working on will help you determine the hinge type you need. 
  2. Think about where you want to see your hinge – Are you looking for a clean look, or do you want to see your hardware? These types of questions can help narrow down your selection process.
  3. Strength requirements – Many hinges have different load-bearing capabilities that determine whether they can be useful for various projects. Knowing the specifics of your project, like strength and security requirements, is another helpful way to determine what type of hinge is best for your project.  

So, still not sure what type of hinge you need? Austin has the industry’s largest selection of hinges. Whether you’re looking for gate hinges, cabinet hinges, butt hinges, or specialty hinges, we can be your source. Hinges come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and designs. Due to the wide range of options, this can make selecting the right hinge seem like a daunting task. However, we’re known for making it easy to find hard to find hardware. We take pride in working with our customers to provide the best possible solutions to get the job done. 

Common Types of Hinges

Concealed Hinges: The key here is in the name; these hinges are designed to be hidden or Hinge Blog - Image 1concealed from view. A concealed hinge is helpful when used for cabinetry and other applications where aesthetics are important.  

Butt Hinge: One of the most common types of hinges, often used on entry doors and sometimes on cabinetry. This type of hinge contains two plates, one that is anchored to the edge of the door, and the other is attached to the door jam. These types of hinges can be used indoors or outdoors and come in a variety of materials, sizes, and shapes.  

Hinge Blog - Image 2Continuous Hinge: Another common type of hinge is a continuous hinge. Continuous hinges are long and straight, making them easier to install as well as properly align. These are often considered foolproof hinges. They are durable, useful in different types of projects, and come in a variety of sizes, finishes, and other customizable specifics. 

Strap Hinges: A strap hinge is designed with stability in mind. These types of hinges are typically used for gates, barn doors, sheds, and garage doors, as well as other applications. The two long flaps are used to create stability for doors or gates.  

Latch Hinges: A latch hinge is a closure device that is commonly used to secure a variety of things such as doors, lids, or windows.  They are available in a variety of sizes, finishes, and can be used in several different applications.

These are just a few different common types of hinges available. As you can see, there are many options when it comes to finding the right hinge that works for you and your project’s specifics. There are other factors you should consider when selecting quality, reputable hinges for your project or business. Some other factors are materials, safety, weather and corrosion resistance, function, and cost and quality. These are all additional determining factors for deciding which type of hinge you need.  

Want more information? Check out our wide selection of hinges or contact a hardware expert: https://info.austinhardware.com/contact-us 

 

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