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What Makes a Good Quality Wooden Gate?

Posted on January 12,2017 by Dave Smith.

There’s an array of wooden gates available on the market, and you may feel a little overwhelmed with choice. Obviously, you want to pick good quality wooden gates that won’t twist, split or warp easily. But what exactly is it that you should be looking for?

Here are a few pointers to help you choose good quality wooden gates:


Obviously all wooden gates will be made from timber, but there is a difference between the different types of timber used to make wooden gates. Softwood gates are more of a budget choice, but they are not nearly as durable as their hardwood counterparts. Western Red Cedar is an exception to this rule, as a softwood which has many of the characteristics of a hardwood.

Having said that, a softwood gate which is well maintained will have a good lifespan, but a hardwood gate will almost always last longer.

Made to Measure vs Ready Made

As a general rule, a made to measure gate will last longer than one which is ready made. A made to measure gate will fit your opening perfectly, and will often have been made bespoke by a wood craftsman. Ready-made gates will still have been made using state-of-the-art technology, and so will still be of good quality and at a more affordable price tag.


A well-constructed garden gate will be made from much thicker materials which are joined using traditional joinery techniques. Cheaper and lesser quality gates will have been mass produced with thinner timber, using glue and smaller pins which won’t last as well.

When wooden gates have been finished with proper joinery techniques, the overall finish is far superior, meaning that they look nicer and are built to last.

Treated Timber

When buying wooden gates which haven’t been treated with a wood preservative, be aware that you will need to stain or paint them with a preservative to prevent rotting.

Some gates, however, are available ready-made from pressure-treated timber. These have a preservative injected into them to prevent rotting, so you may wish to purchase these to save yourself some labour after installation.

Contact D&G Fencing if you’d like to learn more about good quality wooden gates. Essex wide, we only supply the best quality wooden gates, and we are happy to offer our advice as to what will suit your budget and needs. Get in touch for a free, no obligation quote.