Selecting Wood Gate Hinges
Gauging the size and strength of a wood gate hinge can be a difficult task since you have to consider both the weight of the gate door and its width. Both of these aspects affect the door’s center of gravity. The good news, though, is that the gate hinge is generally the hardest part.
Hinge Selection Basics
The most important consideration when hanging a gate, barn, or carriage house door is the weight, the width and what it is going to attach to. As the door gets heavier and/or wider, the wood hinges need to be more substantial. Hinges for doors of this type often carry quite a load. A basic guideline for buying a wood gate hinge would be a gate door that is 5 feet high, 3 feet wide and 55 pounds would be considered an average size door. If the gate door is sagging or doesn’t swing open easily, chances are they don’t have big enough hinges.
Wood Gate Hardware
One piece of wood gate hardware to consider, particularly for a wide gate, is a gate wheel. The gate wheel fits under the unhinged end of the gate, helping to support it. A gate wheel may help your gate hinges last longer by imposing less stress on them. Besides making sure your gate door swings open well, chances are you’d like to make sure it stays shut, too. Gate latches can help keep your gate door in place. The choice of hardware is usually driven by the finish and style you’ve chosen for your hinge; no weight or width considerations here. The most common material for all types of gate hardware is steel plated with zinc chromate to help it resist corrosion. You may choose a finish, like wrought iron, or decide to paint your gate hinge and gate latch.