Buyers guide to garden gates

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Buyer's Guide to Garden Gates 


There are fifteen timber gates in the Jacksons garden gates range, that’s one to match almost every garden fence panel, which gives our customers an incredible selection to choose from. When we say, one to match almost every type of panel, the reason for this that some of the gates will match or can be used for more than one type of panel or fencing type.

For example Jacksons solid style boarded garden gates; the Brook and Brabourne can be used not just for Tongue and Groove premium panels, which they are designed for, they also work well with Feather Edge, Close Board panels and traditional fencing panels. 



If your taste tends towards the less traditional and you want more of a contemporary or designer fencing style, like horizontal slatted Venetian panels or Woven fencing, it’s good to know you can complete your modern garden design with a matching wooden garden gate.

We at Jacksons Fencing specialise in hand-built deluxe fencing, but what you may not know is that we match the quality throughout any and every part of the product range, we are every bit as proud of our gates, so we design and manufacture them with the utmost care and attention to detail.

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 Specialists in hand-made garden fencing and gates we know how important the right materials are.

→ Choose diagonal braces for additional strength

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Discover why using the right type of fence posts really matters for your garden gates.

→ Right size gate posts must be used

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All fixings, nails, screws or bolts should always be either galvanised or stainless steel to ensure longevity.

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Picking Strong Garden Gates That Last


All fixings, nails, screws or bolts are always either galvanised or stainless steel. This makes perfect sense, as the Jakcured softwood that all our timber products are made from gives them a long and maintenance free life, you would not want the metal elements like screws, holding them together, to rust or disintegrate - you want them to last every bit as long as the wooden garden gate.

Sturdy diagonal and horizontal braces are added for extra strength on the rear side of the gates. These form a very strong support for the pales or cladding to be fixed to. Our pales and boards may look similar to many other fencing companies, but do not take it for granted, on the whole Jacksons’ are thicker and heavier, and are made from better quality kiln dried, pressure treated timber, so they will not only stay looking good, be stronger and they will last in excess of the 25 year guarantee, like all of our timber products.


Where the design calls for it, the gates are framed for even more strength. This may sound like over-engineering, but when you consider the amount of wear and tear a gate is subjected to compared to a stationary fence panel, they can be slammed shut, tugged open and even might get a bit of a kick shut, if someone’s hands are full, so it stands to reason they need to be able to withstand wear and tear!

 


Choosing the Right Garden Gate Posts


 

Any successful gate project require - posts. For the gate to hang properly and give many years of service, the right gate posts must be used. Standard square section posts 75mm x 75mm can be used for smaller, lighter gates. For taller and slightly heavier garden gates it is recommended that 100mm x 100mm section should be used. You should follow the exactly same guidelines when installing any posts, be it for a fence or a gate, dig a straight sided hole a minimum of 600mm deep with some gravel for drainage in the bottom and use postcrete to fill in and secure the post, once the post is in the correct position. For full instructions see our installation guide.

You may choose to attach a garden gate to a house or other type of wall, there is a method for this, it is to use a wall plate. In spite of the name a wall plate is in fact a length of timber that is fixed to a wall, which then allows you to fix the gate with hinges to the wall plate - simple when you know how.

If all this talk of garden gates has been helpful and you want to work out which gate you want, you can use our gate builder calculator, which will show you the complete gate range. It works in the same way as our fence builder calculator, helping you to work out all the materials you need, including additional fittings and gives you the price. 

 


Make Sure you Choose Galvanised Fixture & Fittings


The value in galvanised fixture and fixings All fixings, nails, screws or bolts are always either galvanised or stainless steel. This makes perfect sense, as the Jakcured softwood that all our timber products are made from gives them a long and maintenance free life, you would not want the metal elements like screws, holding them together, to rust or disintegrate - you want them to last every bit as long as the wooden garden gate.

This brings us around to the subject of the gate fittings, not to be confused with the fixings previously described as nails, screws etc. that hold the gate together – fixings are the metal bits like hinges - that attach the gate to the gate posts, and latches – that keep the gate shut. When you are having a look at buying gates online and doing your price comparison, please do check what is included when you purchase your gate. Many suppliers do not include the basic fittings, like hinges or a latch in the price, but Jacksons’ garden gates include a pair of adjustable galvanised ‘T’ hinges and a galvanised ring latch too, which is what you need to hang the gate and keep it closed.

Other types of fittings or ‘gate furniture’ to use a quaint old-fashioned term, can be added to your gate to help add additional security. A Brenton bolt with the addition of a padlock will enable you to bolt and then lock your gate from one side. A stainless steel J-Lock and latch works in the same way as a mortice lock does on a door, this will enable you to lock heavy framed garden gates from both sides. These gate accessories are all available from Jacksons, along with many other brackets, catches, magnetic safety latches - to keep children and pets safe, return springs, ‘L’ hinges and even a monkey tail bolt!

 



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