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Gate Handings Explained

When ordering gates we will ask you to tell us what hand you wish the gate to be (side the lock / catch is on). We always ask for your handing as if you where stood on the outside of the gate. If you cannot give this information at point of order, it is possible to manufacture a gate with a universal handing.

It is important to get this right as the bracing helps the gate from dropping once installed.

Measuring Gates Explained

When ordering gates we will ask you to confirm the size of the gate you require to us. The best way to do this is measure the total gap you have and then to work out the size you need minus the space either side. Below is an example and is intended as a guide only. This may change depending on hinges being used, and if automation is being added.

Storage and aftercare

We take every possible step to minimize the risk of movement of our products and we take great care in the storing and stacking of the timber when in our yard and workshop. There are a few things to be aware of when you get your products home, that will follow on from our care to reduce the risk of the timber moving while it weathers in.

  1. Stacking - If timber is to be stacked please use sticks to separate products, and place on timber bearers on the floor. Ensure sticks and bearers are all in line. This is to maximise airflow.

  2. Leaning against walls - If this has to be done please ensure the products weight is evenly distributed. This is particularly important with gates and panels.

Gate Installation

When installing our gates, please ensure that a minimum of two sliding bolts are used and a central latch. If hanging as a pair use a drop bolt to the bottom of both leaves. They will need to be kept shut and bolts in a locked position when not in use for at least 60 days afer installation. This is to allow the timber to weather in and settle, by doing this you greatly reduce the risk of movement and dropping of gates. After 6-12 months treatment should be applied to the gates.

Timber Information

Timber is a natural product and as such is prone to movement. Timber will swell, shrink, split and twist, this is especially common when using pressure treated softwood products. The location of the products i.e south facing etc. will also have an effect on how the timber will move. Not all products will encounter this, and this is not a failing in the product, and we cannot be held responsible for movement, shrinking, expansion and shaking (timber cracks) of our products.