Garden Gates are a key part of most of our homes, typically placed at the end of a driveway, or as a side gate between a building and a boundary fence. Gates are part of your fencing, creating an access point to an area. However, they also act as another doorway and as such are often treated as a front door or as a welcoming part of your garden.
At Howarth Timber & Building Supplies, we offer a wide range of garden gates including high-quality timber gates and metal gates in different shapes and sizes to suit the needs of your outdoor space. Choosing the right one is going to be based on your own needs.
A few factors you might want to think about when choosing your garden gates:
- Do you want to achieve privacy? Close board panelled gates are great for this
- How important is security? You might investigate wooden gates that are braced and ledged to make them heavy duty. A tall gate is also a great option and covers privacy as well.
- Do you need to keep pets inside? You probably don’t want a gate with large gaps for smaller pets to squeeze through.
What style are you looking for?
Choosing between metal and wooden garden gates is likely going to be down to personal taste, with both options having different needs. However, if you are choosing driveway gates, you might want to think about the fence panels you have, as well as the appearance of other gates in the local area.
You won't need planning permission to remove or improve an existing gate or if you don’t intend to increase the size of the gate. However, if you live in a conservation area, you will probably need to speak to your local authority.
If the gate will be placed where there has never been one before, you will need to apply for permission if:
- It will be over one metre tall
- There is a planning condition or article 4 direction that affects your rights to place or alter gates
- Your home is a listing building
- You share a boundary with a listed building