INSTALLING GATES AND FENCES
Before shopping for materials check your local requirements; each city council across the country has its own set of regulations that dictate materials that can be used, as well height, colour, style, location, size and slat spacing.
Think about the climate as well, as this will affect whether you should choose steel, timber or aluminium. For instance, aluminium is best for seaside homes as it’s rust-proof.
When it comes to the install it’s best to hire a professional as this isn’t a project for DIY beginners; three quotes from contractors will give you a good overview of the task at hand and cost involved.
LOCK IT IN
With your gates and fence now in place, it’s time to make it secure with a lock. Good news is this part you can do yourself! Our top picks…
Operates and locks from both sides of the gate and can be rekeyed to match other household keys for convenience. Made from super-strong, rust-free materials and stainless-steel components for long-lasting durability.
Unlike conventional gate hinges, this lockable model won’t rust, bind, sag or stain. Ideal for child-proof gates, the decorative trims ensure there’s no visible fasteners. Available with black trims (as standard), chrome or polished metallic.
A magnetic gate latch cleverly designed to be adjusted 10mm horizontally and vertically to correct gate sag or ground movement over time. With no visible fasteners and a rust-free finish, it’s available in lockable and non-lockable models.
GATE MAINTAINANCE CHECKLIST
Checking the integrity of your gates and fences is a really simple process that only takes a few minutes and should be done every couple of months. Here’s how:
1. Make sure the screw fixtures and fixing points are secure.
2. Look for binding in the hinges, replace them if necessary.
3. Check the hardware for excess wear. If it is present, it may be a sign the hinges or latches are underrated for the size of the gate and are not fit for purpose.
4. Check the latch operates effectively. Basically, is the gate latching and locking properly and easily. If it is not working or damaged, then it is time for a new one.
5. Determine the integrity of your gate and fence. Is it sagging anywhere, are the post secure, has the ground moved because of excessive rain or dry weather?
6. Make sure the fence and gate hardware get a regular washdown and the gate hardware is regularly adjusted for correct alignment and closing speed of the gate.
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