Continuous Hinges

A continuous hinge, commonly known as a piano hinge, is a type of hinge identified for its long length that runs across the full length of the door. Continuous hinges are used in a wide array of design styles, where functionality is as important as design. The specialty of continuous hinges is that it is long-lasting and practical as well as attractive. It is compatible with wood and metal and meant to withstand the daily use and abuse of doors in high-traffic entrances.

Whether you are looking for full or half continuous hinges, you’re at the right place. At Park Avenue Locks, you will find Full Mortise and Half Mortise, as well as Full Surface and Half Surface continuous hinges, in a variety of finishes and styles for your specific needs. Browse our selection online, and if you don’t see what you’re looking for here, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our professional staff is fully knowledgeable in the door hardware industry, and is looking forward to helping you find the right product for individual architectural design!

 

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For many years, the aluminum geared continuous hinge has become the preferred hinge for high-traffic, high-abuse commercial entrances. They are used in many commercial and industrial buildings like schools, hospitals, hotels, airports, storefronts, and more. 

A continuous hinge runs along the entire length of a door opening and consists of two metal leaves connected by a steel pin. This application distributes the weight of the door evenly over the whole hinge, decreasing the wear and tear while increasing the lifetime of the door and frame. The benefit of this application is that it prevents untimely damage caused by excess pressure applied to heavy doors or heavily used doors that are hung with shorter hinges. 

Continuous hinges are used for new construction as well as retrofit applications. Because they are fastened down the length of the frame, they go well with frames that have been drilled or damaged repeatedly.

At Park Avenue Locks, we research the market to bring you the best in continuous hinges. We are proud to carry Pemko Manufacturing Co. products. Pemko introduced its line of geared continuous hinges, using thinner aluminum in the leaves and fewer bearings than its competitors. They are available in a number of styles, strengths, finishes, options, and electrical modifications.

We’ve highlighted the differences of the hinges below to help you choosechose the one that will work best for you.  

Full Mortised Hinges:
These are designed mainly for new door applications and applied to the frame rabbet and edge of door to conceal both leaves.

Half Mortised Continuous Hinges:
These are designed mainly for retrofit construction and for door frames that do not allow mortising. The hinge leaf is applied to the exposed face of the door frame and to a mortised rabbet in the door.

Full Surface Continuous Hinges:
These are designed mainly for retrofit construction and for doors and door frames that do not allow mortising.

Half Surface Continuous Hinges:
These are designed mainly for retrofit construction and for doors that do not allow mortising. The hinge leaf is applied to a rabbet in the door frame and to the exposed surface of the door.

Still not sure what is best suited for your architectural scheme? Contact us today. Our trained staff is available to guide you in choosing the product that is best suited for your needs.