Timber Gates

Bespoke Timber Gates for pedestrian access and driveways

Timber Gates

Timber pedestrian gates, side gates or driveway gates, whatever you need we can supply and install them.  In some cases an off the shelf gate will fit, these gates are usually 90cm wide by 175cm high however some types are made to different sizing to match a particular panel type.

If you are unable to obtain standard sizing or require a different style of gate, maybe something with an arched top for example that is more bespoke please ask us.

There are a few examples of gates and fitting below and they come in many shapes and sizes, this is just a few of them.

I regularly supply and fit closeboard and tongue and grooved clad timber gates. These can fit to existing fence posts or timber wall plates bolted to house and garage walls.

Bespoke timber gates: Odd sized gates, not uncommon and we use a mill that can manufacture all types of timber gates to suit most gate openings.

Closeboard gates: These generally come pre-treated usually with Tanatone (brown) or Tanalith (green) wood treatment.  The framing of the gate is usually smooth but the feather edge cladding is a sawn finish.

Tongue and Grooved gates: These gates can also have pressure treatment process if required however I often install them in bare wood. This way the customer can specify (or apply themselves)  whatever finish is required.  

Picket gates: There are various off the shelf styles from suppliers or a more robust bespoke gates can be built to your requirements.

Gate fittings: In my experience to date galvanised or BZP (Bright Zinc Plated) gate fittings offer the best solution for gate furniture. The black 'Japaned' finish is often very dependent on the base metal quality and if this is average during manufacture the coating does not take that well. However we can supply and install to your requirements.

There is a wide range of fittings for timber gates now available including standard t-hinges, reversible hinges, adjustable hinges. There are ring latches, Suffolk latches and various deadlock options that allow you to come and go through the gate leaving it secure at all times. Ideal for dog owners, cyclists and other users when you regularly want access through the gate but need security.

Gate manufacturing:
The type of manufacture is often key to longevity of life. In the most basic form a timber gate can have simple ledging and bracing holding the cladding together.  This is very basic gate manufacturing. It can work well on lightweight timber gates, small picket gates for example where the overall weight is not significant. However on a larger closeboard gate where the overall weight is greater these are likely to sag fairly quickly.

A brief explanation of timber gate manufacture.  When you see the term 'framed, ledged and braced'  (FLB) this is referring to the style of making the gate frame.

'Framed'. These are the large vertical uprights on either side of the gate,  Usually made from a minimum 100mm x 50mm timber.
'Ledged'. These are the top, bottom and usually middle horizontal rails and they will generally have a morticed fit into the upright framing.
'Braced'. These are important. Bracing is the diagonal timber pieces that fit into the corner of the ledge and frame connection. They should generally fit at no more than 45 degrees and these braces are designed to prevent the gate sagging over time.
'Cladding' This is the material which covers the gate. It could be simple pales, closeboard or tongue and groove timber.

In traditional manufacture the bracing will fit diagonally up from the hinge side of the gate. So for example on a right hand hanging gate (This is the side with the hinges on fitted to the post or the wall plate) the bracing will fit from the bottom right hand corner to the upper left underside of the the middle ledge. Off course you wont see this because the gate is fully clad. So when you look from the reverse side, the gate appears to hang on the left side.

It is increasingly common now to see gates that have a universal bracing arrangement. This is often a little more timber in the gate but improves the overall strength.

Just remember, if you are ever asked which side your gate (or door for that matter) is hinged on, always view from the front.