In this guide we’ll look at the best garden gates for the UK market.
We’ve compared design, size, build quality and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is The Best Garden Gate?
More Detailed Garden Gate Reviews
Forest Garden Forest Heavy Duty Tongue and Groove Gate Review
The Forest Garden Forest Heavy Duty Tongue and Groove Gate is the best wooden garden gate due to its solid timber construction from pressure-treated wood that will last for many years.
This 6ft Gate is made with 12mm thick interlocking tongue and groove boards supported by sturdy battens on the back. The gate is manufactured from sawn timber and has an attractive natural appearance. The wood is pressure treated and comes with a 15-year anti-rot guarantee. The solid gate provides excellent privacy and with the right fixings offers a secure way to protect your garden and home.
This gate offers the best garden gate if you are looking for a quality item that is durable and looks really nice.
Spear Top Tall Garden Gate Review
The Spear Top Tall Garden Gate is our recommendation for the best metal garden gate. It is made with solid powder-coated metal, making it both stylish and durable.
This gate is made from solid metal 25 x 8mm frames and 12 mm infill bars and is nicely constructed so it has a really solid, quality feel. The wrought iron look is very handsome and would suit a traditional or modern garden. The spearhead design looks very classic and will also act as a deterrent to potential thieves.
The gate kit includes all the fittings you will require to fix the gate to metal, wood or brickwork. It is also very easy to fit and comes with clear instructions. The gate also features a padlockable latch.
This gate comes with all the fixings supplied and is the best garden gate if you are looking for a complete package that contains all you need.
3ft x 3ft Treated Wooden Round Top Picket Garden Gate Review
The 3ft x 3ft Treated Wooden Round Top Picket Garden Gate is constructed from quality pressure treated Scandinavian softwood and comes fully assembled.
This quality picket gate is constructed from 22m thick pales with sturdy cross beams. The gate looks really nice and would make a perfect front garden gate whether you have a picket fence, wall or hedges. The gate is pressure treated for durability and can be left natural or painted or stained to suit your garden.
This gate offers excellent value for money, looks really good and is well constructed.
3ft x 3ft Regency Garden Gate Review
The 3ft x 3ft Regency Garden Gate has classic good looks, an excellent build quality and looks great from the back and the front.
This high-quality garden gate is made from quality materials and constructed using mortice and tenon joints to give that craftsman-like look. The workmanship is really excellent, and the wood used is of great quality and is treated against rot. The gate looks equally good from either side, so you don’t have to look at the ugly back of a gate when you are in your house or garden.
This is a superior quality gate and the craftsmanship really shines through. It offers one of the best wooden garden gates you will find.
Garden Gate Buyer’s Guide
When choosing the right size for your gate you will need to allow room for hinge movement and the latch. For gates with standard 2 x 4 framing and 4 x 4 posts, you will need to allow a 1/2- to 3/4-inch space between the latch post and the gate frame. On the hinge side, you will need to leave room for movement, and this will depend on the hinges you use, but 1/4 inch is usually about right.
You can either choose a tall gate for privacy and security or a lower gate for a front gate or to section off part of your garden.
Garden gates have to withstand a lot of wear and tear. For this reason, you need to choose a sturdily constructed gate. Look for gates made of good-sized timber that are well put together with secure joints. Wooden gates should be treated to protect against rot. The best metal garden gates will be coated with a rust-resistant finish. You should check your gate yearly for damage and paint or treat it as necessary.
You can choose from solid wood or metal construction. Garden gates come in a range of designs from plain wooden gates to ones with arched tops or detailing such as cut-outs. Metal gates come in a wide range of designs from classic to ornate styles.
If privacy is your primary concern then a solid plain, tall wooden gate will probably suit you best. This type of gate will prevent anyone from peering into your garden.
If security is an important consideration, then choose a tall, smooth gate that is difficult to climb and screens your garden from prying eyes. Your gate is only as secure as the fixings used, so if security is an important issue, invest in tamper-proof fixings and a good quality padlock.
A quality well-designed garden gate adds a lovely feature to your garden as well as improving security and providing privacy when necessary. I would recommend the Forest Garden Forest Heavy Duty Tongue and Groove Gate as it is well built from pressure-treated wood and will provide privacy, security and good looks.