Choosing Gate Hardware – What to look for.
There are a few things to factor in when choosing your gate hardware; whether you are wanting to go for a simple functionality or an architectural element. Next would be choosing your hinges. When picking your hinges; a good rule of thumb to follow would be that 1/3 of your gate should be hinged. As an example, if you have a gate that is 36″ wide, you will need 12″ hinges to support the weight of it and to prevent sagging. Another rule of thumb would be when measuring out your gate always remember to take a 1/2″ off each side to ensure you will have enough room when attaching your hinges as well as seasonal changes which may cause the wood to shrink or expand.
Also another thing to consider would be the longevity of your hardware, especially if you have exposure to salt water/air you will be needing something that is either galvanized, powder coated, or stainless steel to protect it from the elements. Here are some options for picking out gate hardware:
- Hinges; want them visible or hidden
- Butt hinge or strap hinge
- Handle or no handle
- Needing a lock?
- Ring handle vs. thumb latch
- Hammered metal or smooth metal
- Antique or modern
**All our gate hardware is available to check out on our website under Our Products then Hardware.