A very common question that many people ask is, “What’s the difference between residential and commercial hinges?” Maybe you knew there was a difference, but you didn’t know the exact specifics that set them apart.

Let's start by going over commercial vs. residential hinges for your doors and explain the hinge hardware itself.

Hinge Hardware Explained

A hinge is a type of door hardware that is essential to any door, commercial or residential. It attaches the door to the frame and serves as a pivot point, which just means it enables the door to swing open and close.

Now, hinge hardware might look the same (unless decorated with a pretty pattern). But there are many types of commercial hinges and residential ones too.

Commercial vs. Residential Hinges for Doors

Different types of door hinges are used for various purposes. For example, you wouldn’t want to use a residential hinge on a commercial building. So, to make sure you pick the right hinge hardware for your project, here are a few differentiators to make a note of.

Hinge Grade

Arguably the most important difference between commercial and residential hinges is their grade. Door hardware is graded by level of protection, durability, and security. Most residential door hinges will be a Grade 3, which is secure enough for your home. However, commercial hinges will always need to be Grade 2 or Grade 1 for heavy-duty use.

Metal Thickness

The metal thickness of the hinge itself is a huge differentiating factor between commercial and residential hinges. Naturally, a commercial hinge will be thicker and larger than the residential hardware because high-traffic doors are heavier. A typical door in your home is lightweight and won’t be swung open as much as a retail door.

Use Case

What type of door will you be putting a hinge on? Due to their grading, you cannot put a residential hinge on a commercial door that will be used for a fire escape. Most commercial buildings have certain requirements that hinges must meet, so your options are very specific. So, it’s just easier on you if you buy a Grade 1 hinge for your office or warehouse. And stick to Grade 3 hinges for your front door or back patio.

Screw Pattern

Another important difference when comparing residential and commercial hinges is the screw hole pattern. There is an apparent difference in how the holes are laid out. For example, commercial door hinges have a template design. It looks almost curved. A typical residential hinge has a W-like pattern that is also known as a staggered pattern.

Park Avenue Locks – A Lock Above the Rest

Locks on locks- oh my! If you don’t know where to start and you want to make the best choice for your commercial space, Park Avenue Locks can guide the way. We specialize in all high-security, heavy-duty commercial door locks, and hinges. And our inventory is always full of options. Call us at 332-600-4046 for personalized assistance.