Well-designed gates add much to the appearance of a house and garden. A great variety of designs is available, either simple or fairly complicated and in wood or metal.
Timber gates can be attractive; cedar wood and oak are the most durable woods to use. Wrought-iron gates are light, yet are still very strong.
Many new estates are open-planned, often with gardens having only low boundary walls, and gates would look rather odd when attached to tall pillars or posts that are considerably higher than these walls. Panels of wrought ironwork or woodencan be attached to posts let into the top of the walls. This would avoid the height disparity.
Do-it-yourself gate kits can be bought and easily assembled at home with simple tools. There are kits of wrought-iron gates specially designed to suit every type of garden and home; they can be assembled to suit the width of the gate opening.
Supporting-posts for gates should be set in the ground very securely, as a great deal of strain is placed on them. Hinges should be firmly fixed. Where existing brickwork pillars are used, the usual method is to Rawlplug the screws or bolts into position. If the wall is being built at the same time, use the type of special hinge that has a flat plate or tongue cemented into the brick courses as work proceeds.