Once the design and style choices
have been made for
the gate, take a good look at the many features and types of gate hardware.
Simple hardware items would include false hinges and ornamental iron, such as
straps, bolts, and decorative studs that will enhance the style of the gate.
Choices for locks and latches are needed for the durability and security of the
gate. Gate styles can consist of custom made styles for wood gates, medieval
styles for iron gates, and modern styles with knobs and dead bolts.
Bolts can consist of the following:
Bolts can be custom made or come in kits (for smaller gates) or purchased
individually to fit your style and design. The materials list can include hand
forged steel, bronze, powder coated steel, stainless steel, and galvanized
Depending on the traffic and use of the gate you are installing, such as a
driveway gate, you will want to consider hardware
such as cantilever rollers, covers, and for heavier swing open gates, wheels to
help take the load off the hinges. Gate closers are important for larger gates
and gates serving security and safety purposes, such as pool gates. They are
most popular as spring closers and hydraulic closers. Entrance gates,
especially driveway gates, often require slide or swing gate operators, perfect
for security and privacy. These operators can be AC/DC powered and battery ran
or solar paneled powered.
Only a few of the types of hardware
for gates are even mentioned here as the list of styles, types, designs, and
materials are nearly endless. Installing a gate, depending on the size and
function, can be an easy DIY project or an extensive one. For that larger gate
install, be sure to hire a professional contractor experienced and qualified
for the job at hand. CalFinder would be
happy to help you locate one!
Oh, don’t for get the nuts and
bolts in your hardware choices, as they usually do not come with the hardware
unless you purchased a kit. Once your gate is in, enjoy the comfort, beauty,
and security it will bring to your
landscape and home.
Gate hardware may not seem like that big of a purchase in the grand scheme of things, but the truth is, it’s an important design element that affects your curb appeal and landscape aesthetics. There are a variety of choices to sort through, so here is some more information to get you started.
Gate hardware varies in price depending on the products you’re interested in, their manufacturers, styles, and what materials they’re made from. Expect to pay $20 and up for gate hardware. For help with any phase of your gate installation, get in touch with a licensed contractor.
The durability of gate hardware depends on the style, manufacturer, and materials used. However, most gate hardware is made to last for several years after purchase.
When it comes to maintaining your gate hardware, hinges may be the most essential piece to pay attention to. First and foremost, make sure your hinges are properly installed to balance out the weight of the gate. Then, keep the hinges clean and rust-free by regularly oiling them. If rust has already appeared, remove it with steel wool and a commercial rust remover.
What are the types of bolts available for gates?
There are several types of bolts for gates, including:
What other types of hardware may need to be purchased?
Depending on the traffic and use of the gate you are installing (e.g. driveway gate), you will want to consider hardware such as cantilever rollers, covers, and wheels to help take the load off the hinges (for heavier swing-open gates).
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