What Is a Self Closing Hinge, and Where Should You Use One?

What Is a Self Closing Hinge, and Where Should You Use One?

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As the name suggests, self closing hinges are hinges that close automatically when someone releases an open gate.

If you're not sure how they work, or where they should be used, you're in the right place. Read on for a quick overview of what self closing hinges are, how they work, what kind of fences they work on, and where they might be worth using.

How Do Self Closing Hinges Work?

The first thing you probably want to know is how self closing hinges work.

There are several types of self closing hinges, but most of them work on the same basic principle: a spring system inside the hinge that automatically closes the gate when released. These kinds of hinges close with varying degrees of force, but they all cause the gate to go back to it's normal closed position.

It's important to remember that there are two things you need to ensure your gate will latch automatically: a self closing hinge that is strong enough to activate the latch, and the right kind of latch.

What Kind Of Fence Can You Use Self Closing Hinges On?

There are self closing hinge options that will work on most types of fences, including chain link fence, wood fence and vinyl fence.

If you are planning to install self closing hinges on a high security fence, you should probably opt for something like a mag lock, and that the self closing hinges are powerful enough to close quickly and fully.

Where Should You Use Self Closing Hinges?

Self closing hinges are a great idea on fences and gates around residential gardens, or anywhere where you might want to keep pets and kids safe.

They're also a good idea for interior industrial fences, where you might need to restrict access to some areas.

Where Can't You Use Self Closing Hinges?

Self closing hinges should not be used on double swing gates. The reason for this is that there is no way to ensure that when one leaf closes, the other will be in place. Either this could mean that the gate won't latch as it should (negating the usefulness of self closing hinges) or the gate could continue swinging past the closed point, which could damage the gate and the hinges themselves.

If you want a double leaf gate that closes automatically, it's much better to use a gate motor or gate operator to automate the gate.