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A garden gate is more than just a door to the backyard. It represents a passage from the outside, untamed world into a personal sanctuary that is your garden. Gates visually define and add beauty to the yard, and yet are still quite functional by providing both privacy and security. A well-constructed garden gate will keep your kids and pets in and other people’s kids and pets out; they can also protect your plants from lunch for wild critters like deer and woodchucks.
Most garden gates fall into the standard size range from four to six feet high and 32 to 36 inches wide, although a gate can be built to accommodate any size. It is important the width of the gate can accommodate your yard equipment and tools. Consider the size of everything from a wheelbarrow to a lawnmower or maybe even a bobcat should you ever need one. If you need an opening wider than five feet, you are better off installing a two-piece gate with a latch in the middle. Gates taller than four feet require three hinges, instead of two, to reinforce the structure. Self-closing hinges are a smart choice if you have children or pets that need to be kept away from a pool or pond in the yard.
Garden gates are made from several different types of materials. Wood and metal are the two most common, although low maintenance choices like vinyl and composite are becoming more popular. Less traditional materials are also used to build gates; you are limited only by your imagination.
- If you decide to use a wooden garden gate, make sure the wood is pressure treated or at least coated with a preservative. Avoid any wood that is split, warped or has knots; these defects can compromise the structure of the gate. Apply a stain or paint to exposed areas of wood to help protect the gate from the elements.
- Metal gates are very popular because of their durability and longevity. Although a metal gate may cost more initially, they require less maintenance over time.
- Vinyl and composite gates can be found at most retail garden centers. These materials are rust proof and come in a variety of neutral colors that do not require paint. Vinyl and composite gates are virtually maintenance free.
- An old fashioned standby is the chain link garden gate. While not the most attractive option at first, it can be beautiful when covered with a vine or a climbing rose.
Garden gates serve so many different functions to the look and feel of your garden and your home. They are ornamental and improve the look and feel of your garden without sacrificing any of their functionality as they work to keep your family and pets safe and secure. Choose your next garden gate today.
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