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.
There are several types of bolts for gates, including:
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).
Gate closers are important for larger gates and gates serving security and safety purposes, like 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-run or solar-powered.
Only a few of the types of hardware for gates are 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 can help you locate one.
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