Gates can be used as for both decorative and security purposes. With a few tips, we can help you choose the right one and install it properly. We will discuss 3 basic principles that every wooden gate should have. They are the type of wood, brace, and posts.
- Type of wood – Not all woods are created equal. We’d want to use a lumber that is are suited for outdoors, which means it should be rot resistant. The top of the list is Red and White Cedar. The price is low but it can have dents due to its softness. If you have the budget you can use either White Oak or English Oak. These lumber are known for their strength. Black Locust is recommended if you are looking for a lumber with good weathering characteristics.
- Cross brace – The cross brace is a support that starts from the top corner down to the lower hinged side of the gate. It supports and holds the gate at a 90-degree angle to the posts it is attached to. The key here is the angle of the brace from its base. The general rule is that it should be more than 45 degrees because lower than that means that it is an ineffective brace. More weight will be applied on the hinges.
- Post – There are things you need to consider in installing a post. First, you need the check the depth of frost. If frost is not an issue, you can dig a 30-inch deep hole but if your location is affected by frost, you will need to know how deep your typical frost is. You will start your 30 inches count after the frost level. The width of the hole depends on the width of your post. If your post is 5 inches wide you will need to dig a hole with 11 inches width. Put some gravel in the hole to help with drainage. Next, drop the post and fill the rest with concrete. Make sure the post is straight up by using a spirit level.
These are just the basics that you need to do a checklist to ensure that your wooden gate lasts for years to come.