More FAQs For Gates, Gate Posts & Ironmongery

GATES

Which way do the gates hang?

If we make a single gate for you, we will need to know whether the hinges will be on the left or the right side.  This ensures that when we make the gate we make it so that you see the best side of the gate when facing your home.

Should my gates be hung on the front, the back or in the middle of the posts or pillars?

This is really a matter of personal taste.

If the gates hang on front of the posts:

  • you will see all of the gate when looking at it
  • there will be no gap showing between the gates and the gate posts
  • the gate will only open outwards
  • you will see all of the ironmongery including the hinges

If the gate hangs in the middle of the posts:

  • You will see all of the gate when looking at it
  • There will be a gap of approximately 3” at either side of the gate
  • The gate can open either inwards or outwards
  • You will see all of the ironmongery including the hinges

If the gate hangs on the back of the posts:

  • a couple of inches of either side of the gate will be hidden behind the posts
  • there will be no gap showing between the gates and the gate posts
  • the gate will only open inwards
  • you will see the ironmongery bands but not the plates that attach to the posts

Do the gates need rebating?  

This is a matter of personal taste.  For a pair of gates, a rebate is a piece of timber that extends from one gate to cover any central gap between where the two gates meet.  We would recommend a rebate for our boarded gates such as  

A rebate will mean that one gate always has to open before the other.  If you would like a rebate we will need to know which gate you would like to open first.

Which gate opens first inwards/outwards?

This is personal preference.

What height will the gate be?

We will ask you whether the highest part of the gate is to the top of the head and heel or to the top of the top spell.  Please click here to see descriptions of gate components.

Are my gates treated?

This is a personal preference and is something that we will discuss with you, as the type of treatment varies depending on the timber species used.

Can my gates be painted?

We do not supply painted gates.  If you are going to paint your gates, please advise us at the time of ordering or when discussing treatments with us.  Any gate that is it be painted must be completely dry before painting and a micro porous paint should be used; click here for further information on how to protect your gate.

Are the gates suitable for automation?

We can adapt our gates for automation.  Please advise us if you would like your gates to be automated and which automation system you are using (or put us in touch with your automation company) and we can make the gates to suit your requirements.

I have a sloping gate – can you make my gates rise?

Depending on the height of the slope this should be possible, using particular hinges.

What is the expected life span of Gate Gallery gates?

It is difficult to give an accurate life span for the gates as their longevity partly depends on how they are looked after over the years.  All our gates come with a 10 year guarantee but we recommend at least annual treatment for them.  

Do I need to treat the gates or look after them?

Definitely if you would like your gates to last as long as possible. Click here for further information.

 

GATE POSTS

What size gate posts do I need?

Please call us for advice – the size of the posts depends on the style of gates you are having and their width and height.

My gates or gate posts have got cracked – is this a problem?

Timber is a natural product and so cracks, splits, sap and movement are all perfectly normal.  Click here for further information.

Should my gate posts be softwood or hardwood?

Click here for further information.

Can I hang my new gate on existing brick pillars?

Yes.  If you are fitting a new gate onto existing crooks / hooks in a stone or brick pillar, please advise us of the distances between the crooks and the distance from the ground so that we can adapt the gate accordingly to fit.

 

IRONMONGERY

What ironmongery should I chose for my gates?

There are a number of different factors that influence what ironmongery you should chose – from the type of timber the gates are made from, to looks, functionality, the shape of the gates and how the gates are going to open and hang.  We will discuss all these points with you to decide which is best for you.

Is it better to have black or galvanised ironwork?

Have a look at our guide to the different types of gate ironmongery; click here for further information. 

Can I use our existing ironmongery?

This depends on the condition of the ironmongery.  If you are copying your gate and the existing ironmongery can be easily removed and is not too rusty, then yes it should be possible to use.

If you are fitting a new gate onto existing crooks / hooks in a stone or brick pillar, please advise us of the distances between the crooks and the distance from the ground so that we can adapt the gate accordingly to fit.

How much gap do I need to leave for ironwork?  

Click here for more detailed information.