Expanding Design Opportunities and Functions with Adjustable Concealed Hinges

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Sponsored by SIMONSWERK North America, Inc.
By Andrew A. Hunt

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the way new hinge technology allows for a broad range of options in concealed door hardware.
  2. Identify how proper hinge installation and adjustments can provide the best results and safety for occupants.
  3. Explain how load capacity, height/width ratio, and weight factor into specifying the right hinge.
  4. Describe how concealed hinges can be utilized in a wide range of applications and improve the design.
  5. Discuss special applications for hinges, such as fire doors and power transfer to a door panel.

Credits:

HSW
1 AIA LU/HSW
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*
AIBD
1 AIBD P-CE
AAA
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NSAA
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
 
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course is approved as a Core Course
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Adjustable concealed hinges elevate modern and contemporary wall and door opening design, without sacrificing functionality. Determining the right type of hinge rests in the function of the door. Multiple factors of consideration vary from frequency of door use to composition, weight, height, and structure of the door. Additional consideration must be made for load capacity, and special applications such as fire doors, cladding, hidden frames, and power supplies.

Technological advances allow adjustable concealed door hinges to support weights exceeding 650 lbs. and can be used for fire doors up to 180 minutes, allowing more flexibility with sleek, flush designs in nearly all applications with functionality being the most significant factor. Adjustable concealed hinges support ideal design in luxury condos, apartments, hotels and prolifically designed residences. In order to maintain the functionality of a door opening, adjustability is an important factor.

Concealed Hinges

Photo courtesy of SIMONSWERK North America, Inc.

 

SIMONSWERK North America SIMONSWERK is a leading European manufacturer of heavy duty, premium performance hinges for over 125 years. SIMONSWERK focuses exclusively on high-end adjustable hinge systems for heavy-use and high-traffic doors.

 

Originally published in May 2021

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