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.