As you can see there are so many amazing properties associated with aluminum which makes it one of the widely used materials in the modern architectural and construction industry. You'll find aluminum being used for
- Sliding windows and shutters for frames as well as shutters
- Landscaping lighting accessories
If you are looking for aluminum piano hinges for your project then you'll find them being sold in "with and without holes" types.
Hinges without holes are primarily designed where both the surfaces you want to pivot are metallic so that you can use "spot welding" to install the hinges on the flat metal surfaces.
While buying hinges without holes make sure you know where you'll be using them. If you find that you must use holes to fix these hinges then you must have all the skilled equipment ready with you to make arrangements for the holes at regular intervals. Aluminum being
a soft material it does not require too much efforts to drill holes on the hinge leaves, but you need special skills to run a drilling machine with proper safety guidelines.
In the construction industry the Aluminum 5052 and 3003 are used for manufacturing hinges. Out of these two types of hinges the 5052 version is more adoptable for welding conditions, is stronger and more corrosion resistant than the other one. But the 3003 type of hinge also has it's own benefits over the other type. The 3003 type is more lightweight, strong and resistant to corrosion to steel.
If you are going to use aluminum continuous hinges outdoors then it is necessary that you read specifications properly and only buy "finished" hinges. This is because the "unfinished" aluminum hinges are not good when it comes to resisting corrosion.
A process called "anodization" is applied to make them
corrosion resistant. If you want to buy aluminum continuous hinges for
external use then anodized types are perfect for long term use.
Many times aluminum piano hinges are manufactured
using a process called extrusion. By using extrusion for manufacturing
the resultant product has a unique and consistent thickness and strength
all over its surface. You can read more about extruded aluminum by visiting
If the area where you are going to
install shutters has high human traffic then one good option is to use
anodized geared continuous hinges. These allow smooth rotation as
compared to all other types of hinges.
In the market you'll find aluminum piano hinges being sold in a range from $4.99 to $24 for various sizes.
|Aluminum 5052-H32 Continuous Hinge without holes, Unfinished, 0.04" Leaf Thickness, 1-1/2" Open Width, 5/64" Pin Diameter, 1/2" Knuckle Length, 6' Long (Pack of 1)
||Aluminum 3003 Continuous Hinge with Holes, Unfinished, 0.04" Leaf Thickness, 1-1/2" Open Width, 3/32" Pin Diameter, 1/2" Knuckle Length, 6' Long (Pack of 1)
||Aluminum 3003 Continuous Hinge with Holes, Clear Anodized Finish, 0.06" Leaf Thickness, 1-1/2" Open Width, 1/8" Pin Diameter, 1/2" Knuckle Length, 6' Long (Pack of 1)