FAQs

We understand selecting and purchasing gates may seem a challenging task. Below is list of frequently asked questions we have received from previous customers. If you can't find the answer you are looking for, please call or email us. Q: How do I calculate which size Driveway Gate to select?
Q: Can you manufacture our Driveway Gate to any size?
Q: What materials are used to create Wooden Driveway Gates?
Q: How much of an impact to the environment does your Wooden Gates cause?
Q: How do I look after my gates?
Q: I like your designs but I want my own design gate, can you do this?
Q: How do you manufacture your Wooden Driveway Gates?
Q: I need new posts, which ones are best?
Q: Which hinge set do I use?
Q: Redwood Pine is softwood, does this not alter the strength of the gate compared to a hardwood gate?
Q: What will the back of my Wooden Driveway Gate look like?
Q: Can I have a driveway gate that isn't the usual 50/50 split?
Q: Do you offer "Bi-fold Driveway Gates"
Q: How long will my new gates last for?

Q: Can you produce my gate to a timber I choose?
Q: Is there a guarantee on my gates?
Q: How do I install my Driveway Gates? Q: How do I know what size gate to select?
Q: Can I have my Side or Garden Gate made to any size?
Q: What materials are used to create Wooden Side/ Garden Gates
Q: How do I look after my Wooden Side/ Garden Gates?
Q: What is the difference between a Side Gate and a Garden Gate?
Q: How do I install a Side Gate or Garden Gate?

Section 1: Driveway Gates

Q: How do I calculate which size Driveway Gate to select?

A: Driveway Gate sizes listed are the ACTUAL width of the gate. Therefore, allowances need to be made for hinge/ centre clearance and posts/ pillars. Calculating the required size is an important yet simple task to complete.

1: Calculating the width required between existing Pillars or Posts: 

Take three measurements, Top, Middle & Bottom.

The shortest measurement will be the one required to calculate your gate size. Reduce the measurement by 40mm (1, 1/2 inch). (This is the gap required for a standard hook & band hinge set & the centre opening)

Example: Shortest Width: 3m 450mm (minus 40mm) = ACTUAL WIDTH OF GATE 3m 410mm.

2: Calculating the width required without Posts in position:

  • Take the total measurement of your opening (example: 4m 320mm)
  • Decide on the size of posts needed either 4" x 4" (95mm x 95mm) or 6" x 6" (150mm x 150mm). Generally, an opening size of 3m will be 4" x 4" posts, any size over will need 6" x 6" posts.
  • Reduce the posts off the opening measurement: Example: 4m 320mm MINUS (2x 6" x 6" posts) = 4m 020mm
  • Finally, reduce the 40mm gap (for hinges/centre opening): Example: 4m 020mm MINUS HINGE ALLOWANCE = 3m 980mm
  • ACTUAL WIDTH OF GATE WILL BE: 3m 980mm
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Q: Can you manufacture our Driveway Gate to any size?

A: Yes, this is one of our key differences to our competitors. We can produce any gate to the exact width and/ or height that you require.

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Q: What materials are used to create Wooden Driveway Gates?

A: We only use joinery graded, slow grown Redwood Pine, smooth planed on all of our standard range or Iroko if selecting Hardwood Driveway Gates.

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Q: How much of an impact to the environment does your Wooden Gates cause?

A: As little as possible. We source all timber from FSC or PEFC Certified suppliers. For more information on this, please visit www.FSC.co.uk or www.PEFC.co.uk

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Q: How do I look after my gates?

A: Unless we have stained and treated your gate (optional extra), you will need to treat your gates before installation. The best product to use for this is any wood treatment/ stain from either Osmo or Sadoline. They offer up to a 7 year protection but we recommend re coating the gates after 18 months.

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Q: I like your designs but I want my own design gate, can you do this?

A: Most of the time, yes. However, we have received gate designs which aren't possible to create without effecting the structural element of the gate. When we feel the gate design compromises the strength and durability, we may refuse or suggest alternative designs.

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Q: How do you manufacture the Wooden Driveway Gates?

A: All of our Wooden Driveway Gates are manufactured by professional craftsmen by hand. We only use traditional, time served techniques such as mortise and tenon joints. This creates a stronger and more durable driveway gate.

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Q: I need new posts, which ones are the best?

A: Depending on size of driveway gate. Gate posts only need to be either 4" x 4" or 6" x 6" in size. When placing into the ground, ensure the posts are a  minimum depth of 2ft. We can suggest the correct size post on order.

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Q: Which hinge set do I use?

A: If your driveway gate is up to 10ft wide a 24" hinge set is required, for gates up to 14ft, use the 36" hinge set and for any gates over 14ft wide, select the 48" hinge set. All of our hinge sets are complete with brenton bolt, ring latch, drop bolts, hinges and all fixings and are available in black or galvanised.

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Q: Redwood Pine is softwood, does this not alter the strength of the gate compared to a hardwood gate?

A:  A hardwood driveway gate is slightly stronger due to density. However, our slow grown European Redwood Pine has a density level of approx 510kg per cubic meter which when comparing to hardwood (Iroko) at 655kg per cubic meter makes our softwood gates extremely strong and durable. As such, the weight of our Hardwood Driveway Gates are only approx 15% heavier than softwood.

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Q: What will the back of my Wooden Driveway Gate look like?

A: All depends on size. We have tried to place a "Rear view" image to all of our driveway gates to show an example of what the rear bracing may look like. This is not always the case. Before your gate is produced we would have already chosen what rear bracing to use but this choice is purely done to ensure maximum strength only.


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Q: Can I have a driveway gate that isn't the usual 50/50 split?

A: On most designs you can, and the percentage of the split is down to you. Some designs are not possible, please call for more information.

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Q: Do you offer "Bi-fold Driveway Gates"

A: Yes, but these will only work on certain designs. The style of g


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Q: How long will my new wooden gates last for?

A: As long as care of the gates is applied often, the gates will last for many years. We produce the gates from quality materials which are thicker than most of our competitors. Combined with being handcrafted, this creates a very durable gate.


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Q: Can you produce my gate to a timber I choose?

A: No, we can only supply gates in Redwood Pine or Iroko.

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Q: Is there a guarantee with my gates?

A: No. Due to using joinery graded timber the care to the gates are your responsibility.


Q: How do I install my Driveway Gates?

A: Driveway gates add security and style to the front of your home. They prevent unannounced visitors from entering your property easily. Gates can either have electronic openers or be manually operated, depending on your preference. When coupled with a fence, you create a protected space for children and pets that extends beyond the limitations of your back yard.
  •  1: Dig out the holes for your support posts on opposite sides of your Driveway at the proper spacing for the width of your Gate. The holes should be two to three feet deep to support the weight of the Driveway Gate.
  • 2: Set the posts in their holes. Use the level and plumb line to ensure your posts are even and level, and brace them to hold them while you fill the holes with concrete. Allow to set. (overnight is better). Purchase a fast set concrete such as postcrete available at any large DIY/ Builders Centre.
  • 3: Drill guide holes in the posts for hinge hardware if they were not pre-drilled. If your driveway is not level, make sure the Driveway  Gate has adequate clearance to open in the direction the hinges will swing it.
  • 4: Mount the Gate Hinges to the posts using your guide holes.
  • 5: Hang your Driveway Gate on its hinges. You may need another person to help hold the Gate while you tighten and adjust the hinge bolts.
  • 6: Screw on the Gate latch assembly at the appropriate height.
  • 7: If you have an Electronic Gate, mount the gate-opener brackets and accessories next. Your access pad should be at a height convenient to you when you are sitting in your vehicle.
  • 8: Test your Driveway Gate for proper function. Make sure it opens wide enough for your needs, closes completely, and has proper ground clearance for the terrain. If you have an electronic opener, check that it is functioning properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Posthole digger
  • Shovel
  • Level
  • Fast-setting concrete
  • Electric drill/screwdriver
  • Gate
  • Gate hardware (hinges, screws, and latch assembly)
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Section 2: Side and Garden Gates

Q: How do I know what size gate to select?

A: Measure the distance between the existing posts or pillars. You need to take 3 measurements, top, middle and bottom. Take the smallest size, reduce by 20mm to allow for hinge and side clearance. If replacing the posts, make sure you reduce the size by the post size (x2) and the 20mm needed for the hinge clearance. For more advice, please call.


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Q: Can I have my Side or Garden Gate made to any size?

A: Yes, if the size isn't listed, please call to order.


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Q: What materials are used to create Wooden Side/ Garden Gates?

A: We only use joinery graded, slow grown Redwood Pine, smooth planed on all of our standard range or Iroko if selecting Hardwood Gates.

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: How do I look after my Wooden Side/ Garden Gates?

A: Unless we have stained and treated your gate (optional extra), you will need to treat your gates before installation. The best product to use for this is any wood treatment/ stain from either Osmo or Sadoline. They offer up to a 7 year protection but we recommend re coating the gates after 18 months.


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Q: What is the difference between a Side Gate and a Garden Gate?

A: We refer to all smaller height gates (3ft or 4ft) as Garden gates. Those gates above that height are classed as Side Gates.

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Q: How do I install a Side Gate or Garden Gate?
 

A Wooden Gate can greatly enhance the appearance of your home. Once the hinges have been attached, your gate is ready to be hung. Proper installation will ensure that the Gate swings open and shut without a hitch and remains tightly closed when not in use. A smooth operation also will ensure less wear on your hinges and a longer life for your gate. Installation of the gate should take about an hour for a first-time installer.

Instructions

    • 1

      Inspect the Gate to be certain the wooden structure is sound and the hinges are properly placed. They should be large enough to hold the Gate's weight. It's best if the Gate has a large T-hinge with one rectangular plate that attaches to the post and one long, pointed end bolted to the face of the Gate with fixings supplied.

    • 2

      Use a level to make sure the two vertical posts are plumb (exactly vertical). The support post must be strong enough to hold the weight of a swinging gate (generally either a 4" x 2" or 4" x 4"). Hold the Wooden Gate between the two posts to see that the Gate fits properly. There should be a gap of a quarter-inch to a half-inch between the gate and the post on each side.

    • 3

      Set the Gate on two blocks at the exact height you want it when it's installed. The Gate should be level and evenly spaced between the posts. Mark the spot where the top hole of the top hinge falls on the support post, pull the hinge plate back (you don't need to move the door) and drill the hole.

    • 4

      Insert a lag bolt into the hole you just drilled. Use an adjustable wrench to turn the head of the lag bolt until it is tight against the hinge plate.

    • 5

      Mark the top hole in the bottom hinge plate, where it falls against the support post. Pull the hinge back and drill the pilot hole. Insert the lag bolt. Once the bolt is tightened, remove the blocks under the Gate and the hinges will support the Gate's weight.

    • 6

      Drill the rest of the pilot holes, insert the lag bolt and tighten it using an adjustable wrench.

    • 7

      Choose a height for the gate latch. It will be on the opposite edge of the door near the top. The latch will have two parts. The latch will go on the face along the outside edge of the gate, while the catch will be placed on the far post in a position to hold the latch in place.

    • 8

      Hold the latch in place, so the edge of the base lines up with the side of the door. Mark the location of one of the top holes on the face of the gate with a pencil. Pull the latch away and drill a pilot hole that is smaller than the screw that will hold the latch in place. Put the latch back against the side of the gate and insert the first screw using a screwdriver.

    • 9

      Drill the rest of the screw holes (there should be three) and after each pilot hole is completed, add the screw.

    • 10 Put the catch against the far post and slide the catch mechanism until it wraps around the barrel portion of the latch. Mark the location of the first pilot hole for the catch with a pencil and drill the first pilot hole. Put the catch back in place and insert the first screw.
  • 11 Drill the rest of the pilot holes and insert a screw after each hole is drilled.
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