Installing a gate is an important project, and it's essential to make sure you hire the right person for the job. This guide provides tips and tricks for finding the right installer and a checklist to help you understand what should happen during a professional gate installation.
Understand the purpose of the gate.
Before you hire a professional gate installer, it's important to understand the purpose of the gate and how it will be used. If you're installing an electric gate, for example, you'll need a reliable contractor who can provide expert service. Make sure you understand the type of gate that is suitable for your property and its intended purpose before calling in a professional installer.
Choose a style and material for your gate.
Once you have determined the size, purpose and installation location for your gate, it's time to choose a style and material that best suits your needs. There are a variety of gate designs available on the market including wooden gates, wrought iron gates and steel gates. Consider factors such as the security level you require, budget constraints and the appearance of the gate when making your decision. There may also be stipulations by the City of Cambridge's zoning bylaws to consider before choosing a material.
Determine the right size and strength of the gate.
Once you have selected the type of gate you want to install, it’s time to determine the properly sized version for your specific needs. This will require considering elements such as the height, width and weight capacity that is required for your installation. You should also think about extra security features such as locks or other physical reinforcement for increased safety. Carefully consider both current and future needs when it comes time to select gate materials and sizes.
Know how to measure for a proper fit.
Before you choose and purchase your gate, it is important to know how to measure for a proper fit. Measure the opening and determine what size gate can be fitted in that amount of space. Be sure to also factor in wind-loading conditions, obstructions like posts, trees and other materials which could limit the surrounding area for the installation. If your measurements are off slightly, consider whether adjustments will be necessary and possible before moving forward with the installation.
Consider all components in installing your gate.
When working with a professional installer for your gate installation, be sure to take into account the cost of all components. Professional installers should be able to advise on the best materials and resources necessary for completing the project, such as hinges, locks, posts, chains and/or magnates depending on the type of gate being installed. Using high-quality materials is key for long-lasting durability of your gate and its mechanisms.
If you need professional gate installation in Cambridge, give us a call at Cambridge Fence to take care of it for you. A reminder that certain types of fencing in Cambridge, Ontario have specific requirements, i.e. self-closing doors and latches on pool fencing. Give us a call if you have further questions.