We take immense pride in the construction and appearance of our handcrafted gates. However, looks aren't everything! If the gate hasn't been correctly constructed, it may look fantastic for the first couple of years but after that, start falling apart. At Gates and Fences UK we understand that durability and strength is just as important as the beauty of the gate. Therefore, certain measures are put in place in the production process.
Highest Quality: Your gate will be constructed using the finest sourced (and individually inspected), slow grown, Western Redwood Pine (FSC or PEFC certified). Being slow grown, the density level of the timber is much greater (compared to others that use white wood pine).
Trading Standards Approved: Gates and Fences UK are proud to announce that we are now a member of the "Buy with confidence" scheme, controlled and organised by Trading Standards. This involved Gates and Fences being tightly monitored by Trading Standards for over 6 months. During which, random customers were contacted and asked for reports alongwith multiple visits from the areas Trading Standards officer. This was to ensure how we operate, hold customer data, take payments, manufacture and delivery of goods all complied with the UK trading laws. Read more...
Made to measure: Any width or height. We don't charge a "premium" for this. Pricing is simply charged to the next inch. By doing this, we can produce gates for any driveway or opening.
Handcrafted in the UK: Our professional joiners construct all of our wooden gates from one of our two Devon based factories using traditional, time served construction techniques.
Timber is a natural product. It will shrink and swell depending on seasons. Yes, treatment will help reduce this but will never stop it. To overcome this, we rebate the gate legs either side allowing the cladding to "breath". This ensures the gate can move (without actually noticing it or changing size) and return to the original position. If we didn't do this, the cladding would "pop" out as the tension would be too great - thus resulting in structural failure!
Next, the actual frame. We all seem to mortise and tenon the joints but rather than glue (like others) the joint, we also provide more protection by placing a dowel in each joint. This is a time served construction technique - yes it takes longer to produce but well worth it for the extra durability it provides.
Screws rather than nails! Unlike others who use nail guns to "pin" cladding to the rear bracing, all of ours are screwed in place using suitable exterior screws that won't effect the timber. This provides a much sturdier finish and holds the gate together tighter.
Structural bracing: Basically, the rear frame that keeps the gate in square! We use thicker 3" x 2" timber rather than thinner, inadequate rear frame. Again, helps protect the durability and life span of gate.
Deeper cladding: Yes we could go thinner and no one would notice (it would also be much cheaper for us to buy in!). On average, our cladding is 5mm thicker than others (nominal 19mm). Using this size is beneficial - it reduces the risk of the cladding board bowing after a couple of years.
Finish: On completion, time is taken to now make the gate look perfect. Square edges are routered to a smooth round edge finish and the timber is hand sanded down ready for stain/ paint.