Apr 22, 2020, 11:46 AM
Do you know your butt hinge from your butterfly, or your Loadmaster from your Pivota? There are thousands of hinges available today, each with a specific design, suited to particular applications. Knowing which hinge is the right one for the job in hand is essential for a great fit and ensure your hinge life is not shortened due to poor quality, or by being used in the wrong environment.
We have compiled a list of the best hinges available for each environment, to help you find the perfect hinge for the job.
Best hinge for commercial applications
It is essential that hinges used in a commercial environment are long lasting and durable. For safety and durability the fitter needs to be confident they are using not only the most suitable type of hinge, but also that the hinge is of the highest quality. Look out for safety and fire certifications and harsh testing cycles when buying hinges for a commercial environment to ensure the highest safety and longevity.
The Loadmaster 7935 butt hinge
The Loadmaster 7935 is a popular butt hinge available in a number of designs. It is strong, reliable, and comes with a 25-year guarantee. It is tested to EN1935 standards and is Certifire approved, and is suitable for over 150,000 annual cycles, giving you peace of mind that your choice of hinge has been tested to the most rigorous standards. This maintenance-free hinge can be fitted and forgotten about and will last well past it’s 25-year guarantee.
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Best hinge for domestic environments
Low maintenance hinges are ideal for a domestic environment so they can be fitted and forgotten without the need for regular checks and maintenance. With higher durability and meticulous safety testing, low maintenance hinges are the right choice for your home.
The Phoenix 7730 concealed butt hinge
The Phoenix 7730 concealed bearing butt hinge range is a safe and reliable choice for all jobs requiring a fully concealed bearing hinge. With a high load bearing capacity and concealed bearing design, this hinge is a staple with builders, carpenters and fitters. The wide range of finishes and hole configurations makes the 7730 ideal for a wide range of jobs. It is Certifire approved, tested to EN1935 standards and has been independently tested to 1,000,000 cycles.
Browse different finishes for the Phoenix 7730 butt hinge.
Best hinge for secure environments
In secure environments such as prisons, hospitals, some charities and health institutions, door hinges are critical in maintaining a safe and secure environment for staff and clients. Buildings requiring security doors for any reason rely heavily on their hinges operating perfectly on every cycle, even under huge stress.
Phoenix interleaf continuous hinge
The Phoenix interleaf continuous hinge has been designed with secure environments in mind. This unique hinge has been designed to spread stress and weight distribution along the entire length of the door and helps reduce risk of self-harm with the anti-ligature option, and anti-finger trapping on the knuckle side. The design of these hinges makes them tamper-proof and secure, ideal for secure facilities.
Discover more about the Phoenix interleaf continuous hinge range.
Best hinge for cabinetry
There are a huge number of hinges available for cabinets and cabinet making. This is due to the vast array of sizes, types, styles, applications and finishes in which cabinets are available. Choosing the right cabinet hinges from so many can be a challenge, so here we recommend the best range of hinges available.
The Phoenix 3602 light duty continuous hinge
The Phoenix 3602 light duty continuous hinge has been designed with cabinet makers in mind. A visually appealing hinge, the 3602 has no gap between the door and frame, improving both aesthetics and safety at the same time.
We have produced continuous hinges for cabinet makers to exacting standards for over 100 years, and it continues to be one of our most popular hinges. The light material weight, solid build, and even weight distribution means a longer life and more fluid use.
See the Phoenix 3602 light duty continuous hinge here.
The best hinge for projects on a budget
Every job is dictated by its budget. At Cooke Brothers we strive to cater for every budget and job. A lower budget should not mean compromise on quality or safety, and our lower cost hinges offer some of the highest quality, safety and endurance on the market.
The Phoenix 7040 plain knuckle butt hinge
The Phoenix 7040 plain knuckle butt hinge is a great choice for lower budget projects. Unlike its non-maintenance counterparts, this hinge will require lubricating over time to maintain its durability and longevity. However, with due care and maintenance the 7040 will be a reliable and long-lived hinge, ideal for domestic applications.
The wide range of sizes available and non-handed design make this hinge suitable for a wide range of fitting jobs. The 7040 is available in mild and stainless steel for more arduous environments. With a wide range of finishes and good corrosion resistance, the 7040 is the perfect choice for domestic environments with relatively low traffic.
Browse our range of finishes for the Phoenix 7040 here.
If you need further advice on which hinge to buy for your project, contact our sales team today.