Types of Hinges
Monroe specializes in the manufacture of a variety of hinge types. We use a wide variety of materials including steel, galvanized steel, stainless steel, brass, aluminum, and bright stainless steel. We are equipped to produce special and fabricated hinges and perform such operations as hole punching, forming, offsetting, notching, countersinking, finishing and plating (see How to Order Hinges). See a list of hinges below to see what we offer. So, what are the different types of hinges? Updated: 9/16/2021
Bi-fold Hinges are two hinges of various lengths that are multi-leaf allowing the door or panel to be opened in both or the same direction. Bi-fold hinges have multiple pivot points that allow a tighter swing with a greater degree of travel.
Butt hinges are generally 6 inches in length or shorter. Butt hinges are most commonly used on doors, fabricated panels, etc. It is a hinge with two rectangular metal plates with screw holes joined by either a pin or rod. Butt hinges are most commonly used in multiples, three or fours.
Case hinges are similar to a butt hinge however usually more of a decorative nature most commonly used in suitcases, briefcases and the like.
This type of hinge is also known as an invisible hinge. These hinges are made so you only see the surface of the door. They consist of two parts, which are pivots and brackets. Concealed hinges commonly used on furniture doors as they are aesthetically pleasing.
This type of hinge is also known as a piano hinge. It runs the entire length of the door, panel, or box. Continuous hinges are manufactured with or without holes. These hinges also come in various thicknesses, pin diameters, and knuckle lengths.
We are also equipped to produce special and fabricated hinges and perform such operations as hole punching, forming, offsetting, notching, countersinking, finishing and plating.
A Flag Hinge can be taken apart with a fixed pin on one leaf. Flag hinges can also swivel a full 360 degrees around the pin. Flag hinges are manufactured as a right hand and a left hand configuration.
Gate hinges are a shorter hinge with longer leafs commonly used on fencing. One type of gate hinge that is appropriate for fences & gates is the surface-mounted strap hinge
Heavy Duty Hinges
Heavy duty hinges are made of various hinge styles used in heavy duty applications. These material thicknesses range up to ¼” (one quarter inch) thickness.
Hospital Hinges are commonly shorter in length typically manufactured of stainless steel with rounded machined knuckles.
Institutional Hinges are commonly shorter in length typically manufactured of stainless steel with rounded machined knuckles.
The Knife Hinge is shaped like a pair of scissors. It is commonly used in toolbox lids as a side support.
Latch Hinges combine a hinge and a latch in a standard piece of hardware. They may or may not include a spring release. The Latch Hinge / Spring Release hinge has either a pair of spring-loaded handles or a single handle, which pulls toward the center to release the body or door from the keeper.
Off-set hinges offset the pin pivot point of the hinge. Off-setting is a secondary process that can be applied to many types of hinges.
Overlay hinges fold into each other. Two hinge leaves that fold or lay into one another to reduce overall thickness.
Panel Box Hinges
Monroe's strap hinges come in all styles and sizes, from heavy duty to light duty. They are used in many commercial and residential applications including for gates and doors. Our strap hinges are all made of steel and are available in zinc plate finish, some strap hinges are available in zinc plate black finish.
This type of hinge is also known as a continuous hinge. It runs the entire length of the door. Piano hinges are manufactured with or without holes. These hinges also come in various thicknesses, pin diameters, and knuckle lengths.
Slip Joint Hinges
Slip Joint Hinges or take apart hinges, are used for easy and quick door removal and are ideal when doors need to be frequently removed. Commonly used on removable doors and panels and gates, this type of hinge is comprised of a male leaf with an attached pin and a female leaf with no pin. They can be configured either left- or right-handed, with or without holes.
Special Hinges are any style of hinge manufactured to a customer’s specific needs or requirements.
Spring Loaded Hinges
Spring loaded hinges can be configured for various tensions and to hold the hinge in the open or the closed position.
Strap hinges are generally shorter in length with longer leafs. This type of hinge is designed for supporting wide doors.
Stop hinges are commonly manufactured as either an inside stop hinge or an outside stop hinge at various degrees or angles and are used mostly in chests.
Take Apart Hinges
Take Apart Hinges or slip joint hinges, are used for easy and quick door removal and are ideal when doors need to be frequently removed. Commonly used on removable doors and panels and gates.
This type of hinge is shaped like the letter T and is commonly used on gates. T hinges come in many different styles and materials. T Hinges typically have one narrow leaf and one wider leaf.
Weld hinges or weld-on hinges come in various styles of hinges that welding performed as a secondary process performed to it.
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