Choosing 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 strap hinges. 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.

Read on to understand more about hinge options and how to choose.

How to pick which hinge to use on a gate

Step 1: Architectural Element or Not?

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: strap hinges and butt hinges.

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Which hinge do I use for my gate

Strap 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 strap 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.

Heavy Duty 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″ or 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ heavy duty ball-bearing hinge. See our selection of butt hinges.


Step 2: Understanding The Hinge Equation

Once 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.

You’ll need to contemplate the weight and dimensions of your gate, your geographic location, and a few other special considerations. We call this the Hinge Equation.

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

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    Gat​e Size

    A small to mid-sized gate, under 42″ wide and ~1-1/2″ thick, will need a basic heavy duty butt hinge. Our 4″ stainless ball-bearing hinge is a great choice. They’re available in a stainless steel finish.Full size garden gates generally can use a 4-1/2″ ball-bearing hinge. Over 48″ wide, though, a gate should use a strap hinge and pintle set for the added stoutness of the hardware. We offer several options for strap hinges, 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!
  2. 2
    Geography

    Location, location, location! 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.

     - View bronze hinges.
     - View stainless steel hinges.
     - View galvanized steel hinges.

    A wide variety of finishes are available, including black gate hingesoil-rubbed bronze, and brushed stainless steel.
  3. 3
    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.

Special Considerations

  • Double GatesWhen 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 HingesDriveway 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 offer strap hinges for heavy or wide gates. Not only can you support your beautiful gate, but you can complement it with architectural hardware.
  • Step 3: Time to Shop!

    How to pick which hinge to use on a gate

    Not sure which hinge to use? Launch the Hinge Chooser for help!