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Door Hinges – The Different Types Explained

The Different Types of Door Hinges

These days, Ball Bearing Hinges are standard for most joinery manufacturers. This blog explores some variations of door hinges outlining the benefits of Ball Bearing, Thrust Bearing and Polymer Bearing hinges.

Thrust Bearing Hinges

Thrust bearing hinges are a high performance, low-friction hinge suitable for operation in high traffic areas. Self-lubricating bushed bearings are positioned between the hinge knuckles to reduce the amount of friction sustained during operation improving not only the hinge performance but its life span. Designed to be resistant to wear and tear, these hinges are often utilised in areas of high use such as schools and commercial settings but are equally suitable for domestic applications on external doors. We stock this type of hinge in Brass and Stainless Steel, which come available in a range of finishes including:

  • Antique Brass
  • Matt Pewter
  • Satin Nickel
  • Satin Brass
  • Polished Chrome
  • Satin Chrome
  • Polished Brass
  • Satin Stainless Steel

Ball Bearing Hinges

This type of hinge is the most popular hinge for internal and external applications because it provides a much smoother action than a non-bearing or un-washered hinge. These hinges offer a combination of durability, performance and good value, but do incur maintenance due to the internal ball bearings within the bearings themselves sometimes corroding and releasing a grease stain down the hinge. This can be easily cleaned by simply wiping and re-greasing the hinge with clear grease. Ball Bearing hinges come with square corners or radius corners and are generally manufactured from stainless steel or steel which is plated with various finishes including:

  • Satin Chrome
  • Polished chrome
  • Antique brass
  • Black

Concealed Ball Bearing Hinges

Concealed Ball Bearing hinges offer many of the same advantages of a Ball Bearing hinge however the ball bearings within the knuckle are hidden. This gives the hinge a more attractive appearance as well as offering low maintenance as the bearings are considerably more corrosion resistant. Our Concealed Ball Bearing Hinges are also available in Radius Corner and comes in a range of finishes including:

  • Satin Stainless Steel
  • Polished Stainless Steel
  • PVD Bronze

Polymer Bearing Hinges

The key difference between polymer bearing hinges and the other types mentioned above is that the bearings themselves are made from a polymer. This means that the bearings cannot rust and therefore ensures long-lasting smooth operation. Our Invoke Polymer Bearing Hinge has been tested up to 10,000,000 cycles (a significantly longer life-span than Ball Bearing hinges) and offers an almost maintenance-free operation. These hinges are available in 304 Grade Stainless Steel with the following finishes:


  • Satin Stainless Steel
  • Polished Stainless Steel
  • PVD Brass

If you require any further details about the products mentioned or have any questions about our range of door hinges, call in and speak to one of our expert advisers on 01733 347348. 

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