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Hinges & Pivots

Architectural Hinges, Continuous & Geared Hinges, Pivots, Special Application Hinges

Architectural Hinges

Architectural hinges are available in sizes, weights, materials, and styles to meet most any commercial door application. Using the correct hinge in a door assembly is a primary consideration not only for proper function, but for years of trouble-free operation. Special modifications such as power transfers, air transfers, and monitor switches can be integrated with other door hardware to obtain the desired door opening function. Common types of architectural hinges (many of which are in stock) include:

  • Full Mortise & Half Mortise Hinges
  • Full Surface & Half Surface Hinges
  • Anchor Hinges
  • Electric Hinges & PoE Hinges
  • Swing Clear Hinges
  • Spring Hinges & Double Acting Hinges
  • Wide Throw Hinges

Manufacturers:  Bommer, Hager, Ives, McKinney, Stanley

Continuous Hinges & Geared Hinges

Continuous pin and barrel hinges are available in stainless steel, carbon steel, and aluminum. Continuous hinges with integral edge guards provide exceptional protection for the door hinge edge and are especially suited for hospital doors that are wider, heavier, or subject to impact from stretchers and equipment. Roton or geared aluminum hinges are available in clear or bronze anodized finish or can be factory painted to match custom colors. Geared hinges can be modified to include concealed electric through-wires and door position switches. Continuous pin and barrel and geared hinges’ no-gap design provide privacy, safety, vandal resistance, and weather protection. Hinges that extend the full height of the door distribute the extreme stresses put on hinges evenly the height of the frame providing a long life cycle with less maintenance at:

  • High Traffic Doors
  • Lead-Lined Doors
  • Heavy Doors up to 1000 lbs
  • Doors Subject to AbuseGeared Hinge
  • Replacement Doors

Manufacturers:  Hager, Ives, Markar, McKinney, Pemko, Select, Stanley, Zero

Offset Pivot SetPivots

Pivots are designed to work with the laws of physics to provide long-lasting performance and reliability. A door supported on pivots relies on the strength of the floor to carry the weight thus providing a means to hang extremely heavy doors in an opening and allowing for door adjustment throughout the life of the building to compensate for settlement. Pivots are not dependent upon support from a frame so that doors can be hung in a frameless opening. Many types of pivots and special modifications are available to allow unique opening designs and functions.

  • Offset Pivot Applications
  • Center Hung Pivot Applications
  • Thick Doors
  • Heavy & Lead Lined Doors
  • Emergency Release Openings
  • Power Transfer Applications

Manufacturers:  Dorma, Hager, Ives, Rixson

Special Application Hinges & Pivots

Pocket Pivots are commonly used in cross-corridor door applications including fire
rated doors. Pocket pivots can only swing 90 degrees and allow doors to open into and sit in a pocket in the wall. Pocket Pivots are available from Ives, McKinney, and Rixson.


Pivot Reinforced Hinges are an economical way to add years of life to door openings by providing a means to correct a sagging door typically caused by failure of the hinge screws or hinge reinforcement at the top hinge. Pivot reinforced hinges are available from ABH, Adams Rite, Don-Jo, Hager, Markar, and Stanley.


PEMKO’s Double Swing Hinge with Emergency Release Stop is an innovative healthcare solution that permits quick door opening in an emergency situation. A double swing continuous geared hinge is combined with an emergency release stop to provide additional safety features that are easy to use and help minimize risk.