There are also a lot of secondary factors to consider. Is the gate intended to keep children in or other people's animals out of the yard? Will the gate serve as an inviting entry to your property? Will the gate get heavy use, or will it be used only occasionally?
A gate to keep small children inside a fence needs to be sufficiently solid, or made of mesh, so that an adventurous toddler cannot squeeze through or beneath it. Latches should be out of reach. However, if security is not a requirement a more open gate, perhaps of wrought iron, will admit air and light and allow visitors to see through to the property beyond.
Gates should be in keeping with the wall or fence in which they are hung. Thus, a timber gate works well in a timber fence and a picket fence needs a gate that is also made of pickets, to add to its charm. Timber, wrought iron, and aluminum are commonly used materials and gates of various dimensions can be purchased ready-made from many different suppliers if you don't want to make it yourself. A recycled gate from a demolition yard can be used to good effect within a garden - perhaps to divide a "wild" area of the garden from one that has a more structured appearance.
Gates that get a lot of use need to be well made and at least as strong as the fence. Hinges and latches should be of good quality and the appropriate size if they are to last for some time. Latches should be simple to use, so visitors are not left puzzling as to how to enter your property and if necessary, can open the gate easily with one hand while carrying packages with the other.
Self-opening, automatic double gates are a luxury item that aren't generally part of most landscape designs. However, if you live in a neighborhood where they are appropriate, you will find them available in a huge range of materials from bronze and copper to wrought iron and aluminum with designs ranging from simple and modern through to ornate and classical to suit the architectural style of your home. They can be opened by simple key pads or from elaborate remote controls. Such gates need to be mounted by a specialist to ensure they work smoothly.
Aside from all the necessary structural factors, garden gates and fences should also be considered as part of the decor and design atmosphere.
Beautiful and durable garden gates are what every garden-proud green-fingered person is in much need of. The most spectacular garden can be spoilt by that hideous old and creaky garden gate falling off its hinges at the corner of the garden.
Don't let such an insignificant and minor detail completely ruin all your hard work and effort, it can be easily and most of all, cheaply fixed.
The simplest garden gate can make a huge difference in the presentation of your beautiful garden, and most importantly of all, it will keep your garden safe.
No one wants that ugly eye sore at the edge of their garden with its rotten wood and rusty hinges. It can put anyone off from wanting to enter your garden, and if you are planning to sell you house forget it. Potential buyers will take one look at your garden fence and wonder what else you have left so carelessly to rot.
Remember, the first thing that people will see when pulling up to your house is your gate, no matter how beautiful your house or your garden may be, their initial minds will be made up by seeing what is on the outside.
Whether it's a front garden or back garden gate that you are looking for make sure you make the best choice.