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Gate Installation: What You Need to Know | Fencemakers

Installing a gate can seem like a daunting task and can be a simple or complex project. It all depends on the size and type of gate you are installing, and the location and condition of the area where the gate will be installed.

Gate installation is a process that involves setting up a gate in a specific location, typically for the purpose of providing added security or creating a boundary. There are several things that you need to know about gate installation in order to ensure that the process goes smoothly and that the final product is of good quality.

Adding a gate to the front of your house can not only increase the value of your property but also adds an eye-catching design aspect to the exterior of your home. A gate can be a reflection of your own taste and style.

Below we will cover some of the key points that you need to consider when it comes to gate installation.

Planning and Preparation

The first step in any gate installation project is to plan and prepare for the work that needs to be done.

This includes determining the location of the gate, the size and type of gate that you want to install, and any other special requirements that you may have. You should also consider the materials that you will need for the installation, such as screws, hinges, and other hardware, such as a gate latch.


Deciding on the location of the gate is one of the most critical factors and is the first step in the preparation process. If the ground is on a slope, additional preparation to level the ground will be required before you can install your gate.

The location of the gate will also determine which way it swings  – whether it’s inwards, outwards, or if it slides and retracts to the side.

When choosing the location of your gate, you also need to keep in mind the size of your gate and make sure there is enough space.


When it comes to the size of your gate, you need to consider what you want to fit through it. Is it a driveway gate that needs a car, boat, or truck to be able to fit through it? Or is it a pedestrian gate that only needs to be the width of a door?

The other aspect of size is height. A higher gate will give more privacy and security. A lower gate can be used for pedestrian gates as the main function is just easy access to a property, rather than privacy or security.

Types of Gates

There are many different types of gates available, each with its own unique features and benefits.

You need to choose a gate that is appropriate for your needs, taking into account factors such as the size of the opening, the material you need the gate to be made from, the level of security that you require, and the overall design of your property.

Some common types of gates include swing gates, sliding gates, automatic driveway gates, and pedestrian gates.

When thinking about the type of gate you need, you should consider security for any children or pets. You need to make sure the gate is high enough and any gaps between the fence posts are not too big. You should also check that the gate is deep enough into the ground that a dog cannot burrow under it.

Choosing the right material for your gate is also essential. This is most often determined by the landscape design around your home. Choosing a material that is sturdy, durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions is also very important.


Accurate measurements are critical for a successful gate installation. You need to measure the opening where the gate will be installed, as well as the height and width of the gate itself. 

These measurements will help you to determine the size and type of gate that you need and to ensure that the gate fits properly in the opening.


Automated gates are gates that are equipped with an automatic opening and closing mechanism, typically powered by electricity or solar energy. They can be used for a variety of purposes, including providing security and convenience in both residential and commercial settings.

Automatic electric gates can be operated by a variety of means, including remote control, keypad entry, and even smartphone apps. Some automated gates also have safety features, such as sensors that detect objects or people in the path of the gate and prevent it from closing.

Automatic gates can also add value and a level of luxury to your property that a regular gate does not have.


Safety is an important consideration when it comes to gate installation. You need to ensure that the gate is installed in a way that is safe for anyone who uses it, and that it does not pose any potential hazards.

This includes ensuring that the gate is properly aligned and balanced and that it is not prone to swinging or sagging.

Legal considerations

Depending on where you live, there may be certain legal requirements that you need to adhere to when installing a gate. For example, you may need to obtain a permit or meet certain zoning regulations.

It is important to familiarise yourself with these requirements and to ensure that you are in compliance when installing a front gate.


A gate is an investment, and like any investment, it requires regular maintenance in order to function properly and to last for as long as possible.

This includes cleaning and lubricating the gate and its hardware, checking for and repairing any damage, and performing regular inspections to ensure that everything is in good working order.

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Leave it to the Professionals

Once you have planned and prepared for the gate installation, it is time to actually install the gate. In order to ensure your gate is installed safely and properly, it is best to leave the installation to the pros.

Fencemakers can build you a custom-made gate to your exact specifications and handle the entire installation process for you.

For more information on our range of fencing and gates as well as our quality gate installation services, please contact our friendly team today.

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