How much smaller should a gate be than the opening?

Posted by admin 12/05/2021 1 Comment(s) Gate Automation,Troubleshooting,

There are several important considerations when taking measurements for gates. 


One key question is: ‘How much smaller should a gate be than the opening if it’s to open freely and have enough space for hinges and opening mechanisms?


Let’s explore the answer in more detail…  


How do you measure for gates?

Although there are a wide variety of different gate designs and styles available, the approach to taking measurements doesn’t change. 

Aluminium Sliding Gate In Grey


For the width, all you have to do is measure the size of the gap you want the gates to cover. 


You do this by measuring from the inside edge of one gate post to the other if the posts are already in place.


If you need, or want, to have gates installed that are smaller than the existing driveway opening, you can add uprights to existing pillars.


If you want bigger gates, you can hang them from hinges mounted on the back face of existing gate posts.

If there are no gate posts, pillars, or piers, then our advice is to ask an experienced specialist gate installer to determine the size of the gates.


A brick pier will be substantially thicker than a steel post, for example.


As a homeowner, you can make clear your preference and an installer will adjust his calculations accordingly.


Sliding gates must be wider than the opening because the operating mechanisms are to the side of one gate post.


Getting it right


Accurate measurements are vital for every automatic driveway gate installation.


If you would like a quote based on your personal preferences for driveway gates, it is possible to provide an estimate from measurements taken by the owners.


However, an expert installer is the only person who should be taking accurate measurements that will determine the precise specification of the system and the size of gates or pillars.


A knowledgeable gate installer will be happy to conduct a thorough site survey and safety audit, after which they will be able to provide a detailed quote.


However, it is essential to find a trusted professional who will not only ensure your gates are the perfect fit for your driveway, but also be available in the future to provide a proper maintenance service.


Finding a professional installer

Automatic Gate Installer

At Linkcare, we have access to an extensive network of local gate installers who can take care of the tricky tasks that are so vital to a successful installation. 


In short, they have the experience and expertise to get the job done.


We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have about installing automatic gates. You can call our team on 01895 232 626, or use our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 

1 Comment(s)

28/03/2023, 06:47:29 AM

I was planning to install an automatic driveway gate, but I don't know how to start it. Luckily, I found your blog! With your content, I discovered how to determine the correct measurements for an automatic gate project. Your blog is very informative and beneficial, especially for us who want to install an automatic gate. I also like the way you emphasize how to find a professional installer. I'm looking forward to discussing with you my gate installation project.

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