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. Res