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A guide to wooden garden gates

garden gatesBeautiful garden gates are an investment that can really pay off. They may be a necessary fixture, especially if you want to improve privacy, but that doesn’t mean they can’t look good. In fact if you choose a bespoke gate you can decide the style, character, colour, and more.

If you come to K Pitman Joinery we can create the perfect product for you. We ensure the gate makes a great impression, fits perfectly, and lasts.

Designing your gate

Wood is the perfect material for garden gates because a professional joiner can use their skills to create any design. For example you can decide the height, width, depth, style and construction. You can choose a gate to suit your budget, whether you want a basic model or a stylish, high end look.

The most important thing to think about is the type and grade of wood you want to use. There are lots of options here. It is a good idea to choose a wood that is durable. However, you also want to think about the colour and look. Try to select a material that complements your property, garden, drive, and surroundings. You also need to think about whether you want to leave the wood bare or prefer to finish with stain, oil or paint.

Maintaining garden gates

driveway gatesIf you want your gate to last, you need to maintain it. While quality timbers are durable and wood treatments add more protection, wear and tear is unavoidable. The weather will degrade any treatment over time. As a result you need to treat the timber periodically.

If you leave the timber bare you can use a clear wood oil to protect against water ingress and UV rays. This will reduce wear and also prevent that grey, weathered timber look.

Lots of people choose garden gates because of the attractive colours. To maintain them it is important to use a wood preservative and then add a fresh top coat of oil, stain, paint, or varnish. Do this every few years to ensure they look great and last.

Before you add any new treatment to a gate it is important you prepare it. Start by removing the old coating and all dirt, grease, and contaminants. Then treat any areas that are black or green to get rid of mould and mildew. Next, give the gate time to dry out so the wood has as little moisture as possible. This could take several days.

Order a gate today

If you want bespoke, made to measure garden gates, K Pitman Joinery can create them for you. We are a skilful team of joiners with an eye for design. Whatever style you have in mind, we can make a gate to suit you.

Call today to find out more or browse our website to see some of the gates we have built.