Friction vs. No Friction - When determining whether or not to use friction style hinges there are a few things to consider. Depending on the material you are installing the hinge to, you will need to ensure the amount of force the friction hinge has will work for your application. If the force is too light, it will potentially not hold as intended. On the other hand, a hinge with too much force may flex, and even break, material with repeated use. Additionally, when using a friction style hinge, it may be best to thru-bolt when installing as the friction can back out fasteners from the material.
Available in differing mounting styles, selecting the right boat hinge without the pros and cons of each at times can be difficult.
Top Mount - Easiest to install as it requires little to no tooling, but sits proud and can be a stub hazard for unprotected feet.
Flush Mount - Harder to install as it requires tooling into the material in most cases, but installs flush leaving no proud surfaces.
Swaged - This style requires a bit of tooling similar to a flush mount hinge to allow the leaf to recess into the material, but still leaves it sitting slightly proud.
Offset - Specifically designed to add extra clearance, an offset hinge moves the pivot point further from the hinge to increase swing, allowing for more access to the opening.
Material must also be considered when selecting a hinge for your next project. We primarily carry hinges made from stainless steel or plastic. Stainless steel marine hinges are usually more expensive, but give an appealing finished look and will not crack or break as easily as those composed of plastic. That said, plastic hinges may be a better option if you are looking to save a little money and don't need something as durable over time.