Choosing Outdoor Gate Hinges

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Introduction to Outdoor Gate Hinges

360 Yardware offers a full selection of heavy duty wood gate hinges and strap hinges for gates. We carry garden gate hinges that work for smaller gates, ball bearing gate hinges for medium sized gates, and for heavy driveway gates we have stout heavy duty driveway gate hinges in dark bronze that can support 250 pounds per pair. Those customers searching for pool gate hardware can use spring loaded hinges for gates, also known as self-closing hinges.

Gate hinges, even heavy duty gate hinges, can architecturally complement your gate. Strap hinges and “H” hinges are visible when the gate is closed, so the hinge adds to the look. Butt hinges, on the other hand, are barely visible on the face of the gate.

 

Heavy Duty Gate Hinges

The ball bearing butt hinges are only slightly visible in an installation.

Dark Bronze Heavy Duty H Hinge for Driveway Gates and Heavy Gates

Heavy Duty “H” Hinge

 

A closer look at the 17" Bronze Heavy Duty Band Hinge

A 17″ Bronze Heavy Duty Band Hinge

Marine Grade Heavy Duty stainless steel gate hinges

16″ Contemporary Stainless Steel Strap Hinge

 

Architectural Element or No?

The first factor to mull in choosing a gate hinge is whether or not you’d like the hinge to play a role in the appearance of the gate. Our hinges fall into two broad categories: butt hinges and strap hinges.

Butt hinges

Butt hinges are the type of hinge you see on your bedroom and bathroom door. They do the job and keep to themselves–the only visible part of the hinge is the cylindrical barrel. A typical size hinge for a ‘typical’ gate is a 4″ x 4″ heavy duty ball bearing hinge. See our selection of butt hinges.

Heavy duty strap hinges

Wood Gate with Dark Bronze Strap HingesStrap hinges make an impression in a way that butt hinges do not. Strap hinges are usually comprised of a strap and pintle–ordinarily the pintle is attached to the gate post and the strap is attached to the gate. The strap slips over the pintle pin and you’ve got an installation! Strap hinges are visible when the gate is closed, so they add to the appearance of the gate. See our selection of strap hinges.

There are a few variations in the category of heavy duty gate hinge. One is the H hinge, which is a hybrid of a butt hinge and strap hinge. It’s visible when the gate is closed, but in a more modest way than a traditional long strap hinge. Along the same vein, we have sets of stainless steel lag pintles and center hinges, which are visible when the gate is closed, but are also modest in size.

Determining which gate hinges you need for your new gate can be complicated. You’ll need to contemplate the weight and dimensions of your gate, your geographic location, and a few other special considerations. Not only do you need a hinge that will work with the size of your gate, you’ll need to figure out what type of role you want the hinge to play in your gate’s appearance.

 

The Hinge Equation

How to choose outdoor gate hingesOnce you’ve decided whether or not you want your hinges to be a visual element in your gate installation, next you can narrow your choices down.

We use a simple equation: gate size + geography + budget.

Gate Size

A small to mid-sized gate, under 42″ wide and ~1-1/2″ thick, will need a basic heavy duty butt hinge. Our 92024 is a great choice. They’re available in a number of finishes, including bronze and black. We also have the 94024 , a ball-bearing hinge, which offers a little easier swing over time. Mid-size gates, ~42″ wide (or a little more) and ~2-1/4″ thick, should always use a heavy duty ball-bearing hinge. We offer a 4″ and 4.5″ size, both available in steel or brass with multiple finishes.

4.5" Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Butt Hinge

4.5″ Hinge

Large garden gates and small driveway gates, depending on their construction (are they fully paneled or are there spaced pickets that lighten the gate?), sometimes can use a 4.5″ ball-bearing hinge. Oftentimes, though, people prefer to use a strap hinge and pintle set for the added stoutness of the hardware. We offer several options for strap hinges (stainless steel or bronze), as well as a dark bronze “H” hinge, which is installed to the surface of the gate and post in the same way a strap hinge is. The “H” hinge is a really nice alternative for folks with arch-top gates who can’t use a traditional long strap to hang their gate. At only 5″ wide, the “H” hinge is suited for that!

Material Choice

Contemporary Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Strap Hinge

Contemporary Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Strap Hinge

Outdoor gate hinges come in different materials and it’s imperative that you choose the material that suits your location: steel gate hinges, bronze hinges, and stainless steel hinges for coastal locations. A wide variety of finishes are available, including black gate hinges, oil-rubbed bronze, brushed stainless steel, and satin nickel.

 

 

Location, Location, Location

Dark Bronze Heavy Duty H Hinge for Driveway Gates and Heavy Gates

Heavy Duty “H” Hinge

Choosing hardware should be done with your geography in mind. Coastal locations and other areas affected by industrial air quality should choose either bronze or stainless steel. All other locations can use any material.

Special Considerations:

  • Double Gates: When choosing hinges for double gates, think of them as two single gates. Consider their weight, dimensions, and location and choose accordingly. Just order double the quantity!
  • Driveway Gate Hinges: Driveway gate hinges have always been difficult to find, especially if it’s a driveway gate with a steel frame integrated into the construction. We’re thrilled to be offering a new Heavy Duty Dark Bronze Driveway Gate Strap Hinge. One pair supports 250 lbs. and three hinges support 350 lbs. Not only can you support your beautiful driveway gate, but you can complement it with architectural hardware.

 

Dark Bronze Heavy Duty Driveway Gate Strap Hinge 20-380-LH

Heavy Duty Driveway Gate Hinges

Budget

Among all the types of hinges, the butt hinges will be the most affordable. And in material costs, steel is the most affordable choice, with stainless and bronze hinges being more expensive.

See 360 Yardware’s entire collection of hinges (strap hinges, butt hinges, and heavy duty hinges).

We’ve compiled the chart below as a quick guide to the hinges we offer.
Click on any of the links to see the product information.
We hope it helps you decide what’ll work best for you!

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Item# & Photo Sold
in
Qty
Product Description Material ~Weight Supported

SA180S3

Heavy Duty Spring Loaded Hinges in Marine Grade Stainless

2

316 Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Spring Hinge (Pair)

Stainless Steel

90

SA180S3*3

Heavy Duty Spring Loaded Hinges in Marine Grade Stainless

3

316 Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Spring Hinge (Set of 3)

Stainless Steel

132

95024

Self-closing adjustable spring hinge

1

Spring Hinge (4″ x 4″) – Sold as Each

Steel

See product

SP51-US32D

Stainless Steel Self Closing SPring Hinge for Pool Gates and Doors

2

Stainless Steel (4″ x 4″) Spring Hinge – Sold as Pair

Stainless Steel

60

SP51-US32D*3

stainless steel self-closing hinge

3

Stainless Steel (4″ x 4″) Spring Hinge – Sold as Set of 3

Stainless Steel

110

SP51*2-BB51

Self closing gate hinge set

3

Stainless Steel Spring Hinge ComboSet of 3 Hinges

Stainless Steel

85

BB51-45*2

Heavy Duty Ball Bearing 4.5" Stainless Steel Hinges, sold as pair

2

4.5″ x 4.5″ Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge (Pair)

Stainless Steel

90

BB51-45*3

Stainless Steel 4.5" Ball Bearing Hinges, set of 3

3

4.5″ x 4.5″ Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge-Up to 125lbs

Stainless Steel

125

20-380

Heavy Duty Driveway Gate Hinge

1

Dark Bronze Heavy Duty Driveway Gate Strap Hinge (Sold as Each)

Bronze

250/pair, 350/3

20-500

Dark Bronze Heavy Duty H Hinge for Driveway Gates and Heavy Gates

1

Dark Bronze Heavy Duty “H” Hinge (Sold as Each)

Bronze

150/pair 180/3

30-420*3

Coastal Bronze 4.5 inch x 4.5 inch Template Hinge 30-420

3

Dark Bronze 4.5″ Button Tip Heavy Duty Template Hinges (Set of 3)

Bronze

100

30-410*3

Coastal Bronze 4x4 Template Hinge 30-410

3

Dark Bronze Button 4″ Tip Heavy Duty Template Hinges (Set of 3)

Bronze

80

30-400*3

Dark Bronze Button Tip Heavy Duty Hinge

3

Dark Bronze Button Tip Heavy Duty Hinges (Set of 3)

Bronze

80

30-401*3

Ball Tip Bronze Heavy Duty Hinge by Coastal Bronze 30-401

3

Dark Bronze Ball Tip Heavy Duty Hinges (Set of 3)

Bronze

80

30-402*3

Steeple tip heavy duty bronze butt hinge

3

Dark Bronze Steeple Tip Heavy Duty Hinges (Set of 3)

Bronze

80

30-405

Coastal Bronze heavy duty bronze door hinges 30-405

1

Dark Bronze 4.5″x 5″” High Load Hinge (Sold as Each)

Bronze

3 hinges = 200 lb,
4 hinges = 250 lbs

BB51*2

304 Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Door and Gate Hinges

2

Stainless Steel (4″ x 4″) Ball Bearing Butt Hinge (Pair)

Stainless Steel

75

BB51*3

Stainless Steel Ball Bearing Hinges

3

Stainless Steel (4″ x 4″) Ball Bearing Butt Hinge (Set of 3)

Stainless Steel

110

92024*2

Heavy Duty Gate Butt Hinge

2

Heavy Duty Hinge, 4″ x 4″ (Pair)

Steel

40

92024*3
Emtek Heavy Duty Butt Hinge 4 inch with Rounded Corners 92024FB Set of 3

3

Heavy Duty Hinge, 4″ x 4″, (Set of 3)

Steel

60

94024*2

4" x 4" Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Gate Hinges by Emtek at 360 Yardware 94024FB - Pair

2

Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge, 4″ x 4″ (Pair)

Steel

60

94024*3

4" x 4" Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Gate Hinges by Emtek at 360 Yardware 94024FB - Set of 3

3

Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge, 4″ x 4″ (Set of 3)

Steel

80

94025*2

4.5 " x 4.5" Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Gate Hinges by Emtek at 360 Yardware 94025FB - Pair

2

Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge, 4.5″ x 4.5″ (Pair)

Steel

70

94025*3

Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Gate Hinges by Emtek at 360 Yardware 94025FB - Set of 3

 

3

Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge, 4.5″ x 4.5″ (Set of 3)

Steel

90

96224*2

Emtek Solid Brass Heavy Duty Hinge 96224 Available in Different Finishes for Gates - Pair

2

Solid Brass Heavy Duty Hinge, 4″ x 4″ (Pair)

Brass

40

96224*3

Emtek Solid Brass Heavy Duty Hinge 96224 Available in Different Finishes for Gates - Set of 3

 

3

Solid Brass Heavy Duty Hinge, 4″ x 4″ (Set of 3)

Brass

60

96414*2

Emtek Heavy Duty Solid Brass Ball Bearing Hinges for Heavy Doors and Gates 96414 - Pair

2

Solid Brass Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge, 4″ x 4″ (Pair)

Brass

60

96414*3

Emtek Heavy Duty Solid Brass Ball Bearing Hinges for Heavy Doors and Gates 96414 - Set of 3

3

Solid Brass Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge, 4″ x 4″ (Set of 3)

Brass

80

96416*2

Emtek Heavy Duty Solid Brass Ball Bearing Hinges for Heavy Doors and Gates 96414 - Pair

2

Solid Brass Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge, 5″ x 5″ (Pair)

Brass

80

96416*3

Emtek Heavy Duty Solid Brass Ball Bearing Hinges for Heavy Doors and Gates 96414 - Set of 3

3

Solid Brass Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge, 5″ x 5″ (Set of 3)

Brass

110

96425*2

4.5" x 4.5" Emtek Heavy Duty Solid Brass Ball Bearing for Gates and Doors 96425 - Pair

2

Solid Brass Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge, 4.5″ x 4.5″ (Pair)

Brass

70

96425*3

Emtek Heavy Duty Solid Brass Ball Bearing 4.5 inch Hinge for Gates and Doors 96425 - Set of 3

3

Solid Brass Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge, 4.5″ x 4.5″ (3 pk)

Brass

90

CEN1443-SSS-SQ

Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel Butt Hinge CEN1443

2

Stainless Steel 316 Ball Bearing Butt Hinge (Pair)

Stainless Steel

200

CEN1443-SSS-SQ*3

Marine Grade 316 Stainless Steel Butt Hinge CEN1443

3

Stainless Steel 316 Ball Bearing Butt Hinge (Set of 3)

Stainless Steel

225

Lag-Center2

Stainless Steel Lag Bolt

2

Stainless Steel Lag & Center Hinge Set (Pair)

Stainless Steel

70

Lag-Center3

stainless steel lag pintle with center hinge

3

Stainless Steel Lag & Center Hinge Set (Set of 3)

Stainless Steel

100

Lag-Straight2

stainless steel strap hinges for gates

2

Stainless Steel Lag & Strap Hinge Set (Pair)

Stainless Steel

90

Lag-Straight3

Stainless STeel strap hinge set with lag pintle

3

Stainless Steel Lag & Strap Hinge Set (Set of 3)

Stainless Steel

130

Lag-Suffolk2

 

suffolk style strap hinges stainless steel

2

Stainless Steel Suffolk “L” Hinge & Lag Pintle (Pair)

Stainless Steel

70

Lag-Suffolk3

Stainless steel strap hinge set for swing gates

3

Stainless Steel Suffolk “L” Hinge & Lag Pintle (Set of 3)

Stainless Steel

100

SH 3-12G

2

12″ Suffolk Style Strap Hinge Set (Pair)

Steel

100

SH 4-18G

gh312a

2

18″ Suffolk Style Strap Hinge Set (Pair)

Steel

150

SH3-12*1.5

set-of-3-suffolk-strap-hinges

3

12″ Suffolk Style Strap Hinge Set (Set of 3)

Steel

125

SH4-18*1.5

set-of-3-suffolk-strap-hinges

 

3

18″ Suffolk Style Strap Hinge Set (Set of 3)

Steel

200

SP51*2-BLK

Black Self Closing Fence Gate Hinge

 

2

4″ Stainless Self-Closing Spring Hinge – Pair – BLACK

Stainless Steel

70

SP51*3-BLK

Stainless Steel Fence Gate Spring Hinge in Black

 

3

4″ Stainless Self-Closing Spring Hinge – Set of 3 – BLACK

Stainless Steel

150

SP81*2-BLK

Black Self Closing Fence Gate Hinge

 

2

4.5″ Stainless Steel Self-Closing Spring Hinge (Pair) – BLACK

Stainless Steel

70

SP81*3-BLK

Stainless Steel Fence Gate Spring Hinge in Black

 

3

4.5″ Stainless Steel Self-Closing Spring Hinge (Setof3)- BLACK

Stainless Steel

150

SP81-US32D

45-x-45-Stainless-Steel-Self-Closing-Spring-Hinge-Pair

 

2

4.5″ x 4.5″ Stainless Steel Self-Closing Spring Hinge (Pair)

Stainless Steel

70

SP81*3

stainless steel self-closing hinge

 

3

4.5″ x 4.5″ Stainless Steel Self-Closing Spring Hinge (Setof3)

Stainless Steel

150

LDSH1

Contemporary Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Strap Hinge

 

each

Contemporary Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Strap Hinge

Stainless Steel

150/pair

225/set of 3

4B51*2

5-inch Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Gate Hinge

 

2

Stainless Steel 5″ Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge (Pair) – 100lbs

Stainless Steel

100/pair

4B51*3

5-inch Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Gate Hinge

3

Stainless Steel 5″ Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge (3) – 140lbs

Stainless Steel

140/set of 3

4B51*4

5-inch Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Gate Hinge

 

4

Stainless Steel 5″ Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Hinge (4) – 200 lbs

Stainless Steel

200/set of 4

507-450-6

18-Stainless-Steel-Lift-Off-Cranked-Band-Strap-Hinges

 

2

18″ Stainless Steel Lift-Off Cranked Band Strap Hinges

Stainless Steel

120/pair

507-600-6

18-Stainless-Steel-Lift-Off-Cranked-Band-Strap-Hinges

 

2

24″ Stainless Steel Lift-Off Cranked Band Strap Hinges

Stainless Steel

150/set of 3

8295-18SP

18-Heavy-Duty-Cranked-Band-Strap-Hinges-Black-Finish

 

2

18″ Heavy Duty Cranked Band Strap Hinges (Black Finish)

Steel

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8295-18SP*3

18-Heavy-Duty-Cranked-Band-Strap-Hinges-Black-Finish

3

18″ Heavy Duty Cranked Band Strap Hinges (Black) – Set of 3

Steel

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8295-24SP

18-Heavy-Duty-Cranked-Band-Strap-Hinges-Black-Finish

 

2

24″ Heavy Duty Cranked Band Strap Hinges (Black Finish)

Steel

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8295-24SP*3

18-Heavy-Duty-Cranked-Band-Strap-Hinges-Black-Finish

3

24″ Heavy Duty Cranked Band Strap Hinges (Black) – Set of 3

Steel

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8295-36SP

18-Heavy-Duty-Cranked-Band-Strap-Hinges-Black-Finish

2

36″ Heavy Duty Cranked Band Strap Hinges (Black Finish)

Steel

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8295-36SP*3

18-Heavy-Duty-Cranked-Band-Strap-Hinges-Black-Finish

3

36″ Heavy Duty Cranked Band Strap Hinges (Black) – Set of 3

Steel

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20-260

Dark-Bronze-Strap-Hinge-Pintle-Smaller-Capacity

each

Dark Bronze Strap Hinge & Pintle (Smaller Capacity)

Bronze

60/pair

100/set of 3

6095-16316

Marine Grade Heavy Duty stainless steel gate hinges

 

2

16″ Stainless Steel 316 Grade Heavy Duty Strap Hinges (Pair)

Stainless Steel

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6095-16316*3

Marine Grade Heavy Duty stainless steel gate hinges

3

16″ Stainless Steel 316 Grade Heavy Duty Strap Hinges (Set of 3)

Stainless Steel

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6095-16SPStainless Steel Heavy Duty Strap Hinge 6095-16Black

 

2

16″ Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Strap Hinges (Pair) (Black)

Stainless Steel

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6095-16SP*3Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Strap Hinge 6095-16Black

 

3

16″ Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Strap Hinges (Set of 3) (Black)

Stainless Steel

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6095-24316Marine Grade Heavy Duty stainless steel gate hinges

 

2

24″ Stainless Steel 316 Grade Heavy Duty Strap Hinges (Pair)

Stainless Steel

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6095-24316*3Marine Grade Heavy Duty stainless steel gate hinges

 

3

24″ Stainless Steel 316 Grade Heavy Duty Strap Hinges (Set of 3)

Stainless Steel

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6095-24SPStainless Steel Heavy Duty Strap Hinge 6095-16Black

 

2

24″ Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Strap Hinges (Pair) (Black)

Stainless Steel

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6095-24SP*3
Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Strap Hinge 6095-16Black

 

3

24″ Stainless Steel Heavy Duty Strap Hinges (Set of 3) (Black)

Stainless Steel

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