If your specs call for customized swinging doors, our hand forged barn door hinges are engineered for the job. Made with thicker gauge steel, they are backed by the longest warranty in the business. Our heavy duty hinges have the strength and increased weight capacity to bear very heavy and large doors. Our tighter manufacturing tolerances and superior quality powder coat finish, in a variety of colors, withstand the elements and the test of time. Our Swinging Door Hardware, made in the USA, hinges on craftsmanship.

With so much variety though, it’s important to find the right fit for you and your needs. Here are a few things to consider when picking a hinge:

Swing door size (width, height, thickness, and weight)

When determining the type of strap hinge that’s right for you, it’s important to consider the weight of your doors, and whether they’re manual or power-operated. Ball bearing and disc bearing hinges have different weight limits – common strap lengths are 18″, 24″, 30″ and 36″, but RW strap hinges can be fabricated to fit any need.


Frequency of swinging door use

Manually-operated doors should have Disc Bearing and Ball Bearing Hinges: the way to determine which is how often the door is used. Ball bearing hinges are the preferred choice in high usage applications (over 20 operations per day).

Pintle type and location

A pintle is a pin or bolt and a vital part of the pivot or hinge. The style of pintle depends on the door jamb and mounting requirements on the swinging door. Hinge pintles can be removable, held in place with a cotter pin; or they can be non-removable, sealed in the hinge. The pintle can be offset from the hinge for mounting to an open frame, or set back on the face of a wall to allow open doors to clear the doorway. A butt-style pintle leaf can mount to the inside of the frame with the pintle pin located at the edge of the opening.


“Moment” is the measure of the turning force of an object, and it’s important to know in order to choose the properly sized hinge. It requires just 3 measurements to calculate: multiply the weight of the swing door by the width of the door: Weight X Width = Moment.


Before we close the door on this entry, feel free to contact an RW Hardware Expert for more information or guidance: our business hinges on customer service.