The 10 Best Gate Hinges
This wiki has been updated 12 times since it was first published in June of 2019. Gates come in many shapes and sizes as part of property-protecting fences or enclosures for pools, gardens, and other spaces, but none will work without quality hinges. Our list features durable selections that cater to a range of tastes and needs, and are suitable for wood, PVC, metal, and chain-link gates of various weights and styles. They can be installed by DIY homeowners or a professional. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
October 05, 2020:
Today we added in the decorative and functional TamBee T-Strap, which feature an attractive curved design and a shiny black finish. They’re crafted from heavy-duty cast iron and can be purchased in your choice of five, six, and eight inches in length to suit your gate or door size and weight. They feature a captured pin design, making them easy to install in either a right- or a left-handed orientation. Included are 16 screws that, incidentally, are not waterproof, so keep in mind you’ll need a sturdier set for outdoor applications. They’re available in sets of two or four, and replace the similar US Ventures Group Tee, which are unavailable at this time. We also added the L.A. Ornamental Barrel Style, which are made of tough alloy steel and pivot easily, thanks to their ball bearing design that requires minimal lubrication. They’re great for use with heavy gates that are opened and closed frequently, such as those in some driveways. Note that installation for these requires welding, as each one features incorporated welding plates. They replace the Garnigr Maker Barrel Style, which are currently unavailable.
We still feel the Boerboel Heavy-Duty Contemporary are worthy of a prominent spot on the list, due to ease of installation and durability. They conveniently can be adjusted vertically and horizontally, as necessary, and are useful around pools, as they are designed to meet pool safety codes. They sport a sleek, neutral look, with decorative nylon covers. From the same manufacturer comes the Boerboel White Standard, a versatile choice that can be used with gates that measure up to 60 inches wide, and it’s been tested extensively to make sure it can withstand the rigors of daily use for many years. A single one can bear up to 35 pounds, and is suitable for use on wood or vinyl gates or doors. For a budget-friendly, yet reliable, model for mounting a chain-link gate to a wall, check out the Nationwide Industries Wall Plate, which incorporates a sturdy 5/8-inch pin and is compatible with brick.
June 25, 2019:
Often overlooked, the proper fittings are integral for the successful operation of a gate for years to come. We chose to favor hardware for exterior barriers, with some that would suit smaller interior enclosures just fine as well. We prioritized quality manufacturing and materials, longevity, and ease of installation. After that, we factored in aesthetic tastes, versatility, and price. Nearly all of our selections come with the fasteners required to install them yourself if you're handy enough. However, for a pool or safety gate, we advise getting a professional's help to ensure that everything is fitted properly.
You'll find selections for heavy loads (Garnigr Maker Barrel Style), light-duty applications (Stanley Hardware Decorative), and simple, utilitarian fixes (Nationwide Industries), as well as decorative options (Renovators Supply Manufacturing) and hinges for pool gates (TruClose Safety, Boerboel Heavy-Duty Contemporary).
We placed the Boerboel brand in the top one and third spots due to their impressive quality control, rigorous testing standards, and thoughtful approach to hardware. They come with a limited lifetime warranty in the event of any issues and offer convenient features like tension control adjustments and vertical/horizontal adjustments.
360 Yardware If you apply specific style guidelines to everything in your home, then look to 360 Yardware. From commercial-grade, self-closing hinges to decorative fittings, they have offerings to suit any taste, with prices ranging from moderate to expensive. There are options for myriad aesthetics, including contemporary, mid-century, rustic, American classic, antique, and more. You can also choose from a range of finishes and manufacturers. 360yardware.com
Snug Cottage Hardware Snug Cottage Hardware imports high-quality, heavy-duty gate fittings from England. They offer robust, hot-forged and hot-dipped galvanized hinges made from thick steel that are suitable for everything from barn doors and carriage houses to driveway and garden gates. You'll find straight and curved strap designs, as well as old-fashioned hardware with traditional styling. snugcottagehardware.com