If you have a perimeter fence around your yard, you might be all too familiar with the unfortunate fact that the gates wear down quicker than anything other part of the fence. That is, gates, since they are a part of your fence that you actually use, are going to need to be replaced much sooner than the rest of your fence. This is true whether you have a wooden fence, a decorative picket fence, a rod iron fence, or even just an aluminum fence. Basically, the constant opening and closing of your gate is going to take its toll on it. So, what do you do if you need to replace the gates around your home to restore your security and style? This article explains your best options when it comes to gate replacement.
Let Pros Fix Custom Fences and Gates
First of all, if you have a custom wooden fence, let a professional repair your gate. Wood is particularly fragile, and needs to be serviced by fencing experts who are experienced working with wood. When it comes to wooden gates, there is a very strong chance that the slats and posts next to the gate (even the pieces that aren't movable) might also need to be reinforced. If the rest of your fence becomes flimsy because of your gate, and you just install a new gate in its place, you are going to run into the same problem very soon.
Alternative Gate Materials
It is also worth noting that you don't always have to have gates that are made out of the same material as the rest of your fence. For instance, you could have a stylish rod iron gate set in a wooden fence. This will be more durable, stylish, and easier to take care of.
Changing Just the Hinges and Hardware
If you are lucky, you can actually restore your gate without having to change anything besides the hinges and hardware. Often, everything will be in perfect shape, but the hinges that are doing most of the heavy lifting, are going to get beat up. Smart homeowners will retain their existing gate and simply replace the hinges. This also give you chance to invest in stronger, lighter, modern hinges with self-closing mechanisms. These don't slam and they are much quieter. As you can see, if you have a broken or malfunctioning gate, there are many ways to repair it.
Contact a company, like Morris Fence Co, for more help.
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