Choosing the Right Gate for Your Garden

The right garden gate is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also offers a high degree of security and privacy for your home. When it comes to choosing the right gate for your garden, it can be a challenge thinking about all the things you need to consider. We’ve got a few handy tips to help you out when it comes to ensuring you get it right.

Hardwood or Softwood Gate?

Choosing the right wood for your garden gate is the first step when it comes to ensuring you get the garden gate of your dreams. Softwood gates are a more economical choice, but do require treatment to ensure it will stand the test of time. We offer a fantastic range of Teknos treatments in colours sure to beautify your home. 

We use Scandinavian Redwood for all our softwood garden gates. Hardwood can be a more durable choice, lasting longer than softwood gates. Hardwoods are also less ‘knotty’ than softwoods which many people feel makes them more aesthetically attractive. For our hardwood gates we use Idigbo or Iroko (African Teak) and their unique markings can make for a striking look. 

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Off-the-Shelf or Made-to-Measure: Which is Best?

Because there’s no ‘standard’ width for gardens and driveways, buying a garden gate off the shelf can lead to disappointment more often than not. Readymade gates are unlikely to be as high quality as a wooden gate that has been crafted by experienced joiners to your specifications. A poorly fitting gate won’t look as attractive or offer the security you were hoping for, which is why we make all our garden gates to order in our workshop in the UK.

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How Durable Will Your New Gate Be?

Although hardwoods are more durable than softwoods, the key to a long-lasting garden gate is to ensure that you regularly treat and protect it from the elements. We offer tins of treatment as an add-on option when ordering your gate, available in a range of shades. 

It’s also important to make sure you don’t buy a gate that has flat rails. Because we live in a wet climate, water will sit on top of a flat-railed gate, leading to fungal decay and rot. Our gates are durable in all weathers, making them a wise investment.

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What Design Should You Choose?

We have a range of designs to choose from – adding style and versatility to every home. From the simple Appleton Design Garden Gate to the more elaborate Lancashire Design Hardwood Garden Gate, you’re sure to find the perfect style to suit your property.


How Much Will Installation Cost?

We offer installation within a 30-mile radius for all gates bought from us. If you live a little further away, then don’t forget to factor the cost of installation into your gate purchase. We can provide instructions on how to do this yourself, or you can get quotes from joiners or carpenters in your area – but make sure they carry out a site visit to assess the project first!

Need some more help choosing the right gate for your garden? Get in touch with us today to find out more about our made-to-order garden gates, or to retrieve a free quotation. Our friendly and expert team has been designing and manufacturing wooden gates for over 25 years – so believe us, we know a thing or two!