Choosing a good hinge for your driveway gate can be tricky business because there are endless designs and varieties to consider.
When selecting one for your specific case, you need to consider the width and weight of the gate, so that the hinge of your choosing offers sufficient support to avoid the presentation looking lopsided.
If the gate in question can be classified as heavy-duty, then you’ll need robust hinges that’ll have no problem offering the balance required to ensure the gate doesn’t topple over or have latching problems. That said, here are the best heavy-duty hinges for your driveway gate:
1) Double action spring hinges
This hinge is desirable not only for its sturdiness but also because of its motion. It allows the gate to swing open in either side up to a maximum angle of 180 degrees, before returning to its original closed state. That makes it a perfect driveway gate choice, especially if paired with a bump gate opener, which allows you to open the gate without having to leave the comfort of your car. From an aesthetic point of view, these kinds of hinges can also add to the layout that vintage, rustic look.
2) Strap hinges
A strap hinge is recognizable from its bird-like appearance, with two large flaps protruding both sides of the pivot. They make for excellent driveway gate hinges, thanks to the large surface area of support afforded by the long pair of flaps. This hinge is so robust that it’s also the go-to for garage, shed, and ban doors, which typically have more massive requirements compared to your average driveway gate.
3) Wide throw hinges
This type of hinge has generous width dimensions, which are significantly more than the height measurements. It is ideal if there’s ample clearance on the opening side of the gate and for cases where a gate needs to open all the way in, i.e. up to 180 degrees, as is the case with any driveway. If the gate can be considered busy, the 2-ball bearing variety is preferred, otherwise, go for the average plain bearing kind.
4) T hinges
A hybrid combination between the butt and strap hinges, this variety offers the strengths of both designs and works well with driveway gates. It’s classified as a heavy-duty hinge and works with all manner of high-demanding doors.
5) J Bolt hinge
This hinge encompasses a J-bolt arm connected to a flange or mounting plate. A steel ball-bearing provides pivoting supporting, ensuring an extremely heavy-duty hinge perfect for the busiest of driveways. It can achieve openings of 180 degrees on the full swing, although that will happen if the stop is not installed.
Let an expert take a look!
Driveway gate hinges are generally considered a simple DIY, but it doesn’t hurt to get a professional to check it out for you. Due to varying parameters in gate design, materials, general specs, and other factors, one type may suit you more than the other. An expert is best placed to tell you which one that is and why. Nonetheless, you can still go it alone, in which case remember to prioritize stainless steel or aluminum hinges as they are not only robust but also durable.