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Everything you need to know about gate hinges

Read our tips here for fixing gate hinges to your gate. We distinguish between three main types of steel hinges. Straight, cranked, and offset hinges. You can read more about this below.

Our gate hinges are hook and band hinges, which means they should always be ordered together with a hinge hook. You can slide the eye of the gate hinge over the pin of the hinge hook to connect the two.

1. Flat gate hinges

These are hinges that are completely straight, which is why they are sometimes called straight hinges. Flat hinges ensure that your gate sits approximately 2 cm out of the frame. This is the distance between the pin and the backplate. Because the hinge is completely flat, your garden door falls slightly in front of the post on the side of the hinge hook.

2. Cranked gate hinges

These are the most popular hinges. Cranked hinges are not completely straight, but have a slight bend of about 20 mm. This ensures that your door is positioned straight along the post. The bend is equal to the distance between the pin and the backplate of the hinge hook. To illustrate: if you slide a cranked hinge over the hinge hook, and put it on a table, the entire hinge touches the table. In practice, this means the back of the hinge hook is flush with your door.

3. Offset gate hinges

Offset hinges have a large bend of 40 mm. It is possible to mount offset hinges in 2 ways. The most common way is to fasten the hinges on the back of the door, i.e., not on the same side as the hinge hooks. The other way mainly occurs with thicker garden posts, such as 12x12 cm posts, where they are sometimes fixed to the front of the door. This is the same side as the hinges straight or with offset. Due to the large bend and thick post, the door sits more or less in the middle of the post, which can result in a cleaner look.

Different styles

In addition to the different types, our gate hinges are also available in different styles. For example, rustic hinges have a graceful tip at one end. The most sold hinges have a so-called half moon on the ends, and we also offer a variant with a triangular tip.

Galvanised or black

The hinges are available in grey galvanised steel, stainless steel or black powder coated steel. In terms of price, hinges made of galvanised metal are the most affordable. The black hinges are very popular because of the contrast with, for example, larch douglas or oak wood. If you want to make sure the hinges will not become rusty, go for the stainless steel hinges. The corresponding hinge hooks, both the fixed and adjustable hinge hooks, are also available in these 3 variants.

Installing gate hinges

Most of our gate hinges have various mounting holes, of which the first one is square and the others are round. We recommend using coach bolts for the square mounting holes, as they have a square part underneath the head that is a perfect fit. For the round mounting holes, use coach screws. The hinge hooks can be fixed to the post with smaller screws. Our advice is to use six 4 x 50 mm screws. Drilling pilot holes is not necessary in softwood. If your gate is made of hardwood, pre-drill the holes with a (hard)wood drill bit for the best result.