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Garden gates can be hard to choose. Should your garden gate be wood or metal? What style of gate best compliments and enhances the look of your yard? Let’s take a look at a few of the most popular materials and styles.

Wooden Garden Gate Options

A good practice for selecting a wooden gate, or having one custom made, is to look for a style that resembles the house to which it belongs. A house that’s more rustic in design would get a garden gate in the back that’s similarly rustic. Consider whether or not you want the gate to be plain or accented with wrought iron ornaments. Do you want a single gate or dual gates? For a single gate, would you prefer a sliding gate, or the more popular swing gate?

Dual, solid arched gates are particularly effective for wood fences or stone uprights. For privacy, it’s common to use tongue and groove lumber for a stockade look, where there are no gaps between the slats. The hinges are traditionally placed on the garden side to keep them from being visible when entering the garden.

A Z-frame gate is another popular option. Z framing refers to gate frameworks where parallel boards that act as upper and lower members of the frame are joined by a longer, diagonal member. As with the hinges, the Z-frame is mounted on the garden side of the gate.

Metal Garden Gates

On paper, iron garden gates may seem incompatible with something as organic as a garden, but seen together, they blend exceptionally well. Wrought iron garden gates are preferred if you can afford them, but galvanized steel is a cost-effective substitute. A black power coat finish is applied to a steel garden gate for a wrought iron look. Metal gates of either type are best used with stone uprights, both for aesthetics and long-term structural stability.

Wire gates are another option if you have a chain link fence, or another style of metal fencing. Some wires gate are themselves made of wrought iron, featuring a garden trellis pattern. Mesh gates offer a lighter touch, showcasing more the garden beyond the entrance. Wire gates can be attached to fencing in a few ways. The most common is to have a pair of hinge tabs or L-shaped brackets welded to the gate to attach to your post.

Your choice of wooden or metal garden gates will most likely depend on the fencing you already have in place, but don’t fail to consider an option simply because it initially seems incompatible with your existing fence. You may be able to make your preferred garden gate mesh very well with your fencing and landscaping by simply replacing the uprights with a different material.

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