Deciding between concealed and externally mounted hinges

Part 3 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges

Access PanelWe’ve discussed how important a consideration strength is when selecting a hinge. Now it’s time to examine the design considerations that sometimes dictate whether we select a concealed or externally mounted hinge.

Concealed hinges mount on the interior part of the door and frame. They are great to use when you desire a clean outer panel (and you get the added benefit of vandal resistance). When using an internal hinge, just remember to consider the amount of internal protrusion since inside space may be limited. These hinges may also restrict access and make it hard to install and hide mounting hardware. Since they work with specific doors and frames, product and mounting options should be designed with them in mind. Used appropriately, internal hinges deliver a sleek, streamlined appearance.Stainless Steel Lift Off HInge

Exposed, external hinges deliver a different set of benefits: they work with limited interior space, offer greater strength and allow for a greater door-opening angle. Unlike concealed hinges, they are easy to fit to an application anytime in the design process…and they are more universal. They of course won’t be hidden, so care should be taken to blend the hinge design with the application.

Next week: Door and frame configuration and flexibility with opening angles

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