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Hook and Band Hinges VS T-Hinges, which are better for your gate and why?

Updated: Mar 4, 2023

When it comes to gates, choosing the right hinges is crucial for ensuring proper functionality and longevity. Hinges that are too small or weak can cause the gate to sag, drag, or even fall off its frame. In this post, we will discuss how big gate hinges need to be, including recommended sizes for both T hinges and Hook and Band hinges.


T Hinges


  • T hinges are the most common type of hinge used for gates. They are named after their shape, which resembles the letter T, and are typically installed in pairs, with one hinge at the top and one at the bottom of the gate. The size of T hinges needed for a gate depends on the width and weight of the gate.

  • For a small gate up to 5ft wide and 3ft high, a pair of 30-inch T hinges is usually sufficient. For larger gates, the size of the hinges should be increased accordingly. For example, a gate between 5ft and 7ft wide and 3ft to 4ft high would require a pair of 36-inch T hinges. Gates that are even larger and heavier will require a 3 hinge and as a rule, the hinges should be approximately half the gate width.


Hook and Band Hinges


  • Hook and Band hinges are a popular choice for heavy-duty gates, such as those used for driveways or estates. They are comprised of two parts: the hook, which is attached to the gate post, and the band, which is attached to the gate itself. The hook and band hinge allows the gate to swing a full 180 degrees (depending on mounting), making it ideal for gates that need to open wide.

  • The size of Hook and Band hinges needed for a gate depends on the width and weight of the gate, as well as the height of the posts. As a general rule, the hinge should be one-third of the width of the gate. For example, a gate that is 6ft wide would require a pair of 2ft Hook and Band hinges.


Conclusion


Choosing the right size of hinges for your gate is critical for ensuring its proper functionality and longevity. T hinges are the most common type of hinge used for gates, and their size depends on the width and weight of the gate. Hook and Band hinges are a popular choice for heavy-duty gates and should be sized based on the width, weight, and height of the gate posts. By selecting the correct hinge size for your gate, you can ensure that it will operate smoothly and last for many years to come.


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