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Metal Gates Direct - A Comparison Of DIY Gate Installation V`s Hiring A Professional Installer

A Comparison of DIY Gate Installation v`s Hiring a Professional Installer

When it comes time to fit your new gate, deciding between employing a professional installer/builder or choosing a 'do-it-yourself' (DIY) option is a question every property owner faces. This is because each route will have its pros and cons depending on factors like skill set, available time, budget, and the complexity of the installation. Here, we break down the benefits and drawbacks of each option to help you make a decision that best suits you.

Choosing Professional Installation


  • Skills & Experience: They will be well experienced in fitting gates of all kinds and will have the knowledge to make them work for a variety of installation scenarios. 
  • Time-saving: Installation will be fast and efficient as they will have a full understanding of the fitting process and access to professional tools.
  • Correct Tools: A professional installer or builder will have access to a wide range of tools and equipment that may be required to complete the installation.
  • Safety: They will have a full understanding of potential safety issues and will be able to fit the gate so that it meets any necessary safety legislation.
  • Guarantee: The installer will often provide you with a guarantee for the work carried out should any issue with the fitting arise in the future.


  • Cost: Having a tradesman carry out work on your property comes at a price, and fitting a gate is no different, so this will need to be factored into your budget.
  • Availability of a Fitter: A reputable installer will likely have a backlog of work, and installation will need to be scheduled into when they can do it (not when you want it done).

Choosing DIY Installation


  • No Labour charges: If you have the tools required and are comfortable fitting a gate, then you do not need to incur any labour costs.
  • Increases Your DIY Experience: Carrying out a DIY project can be a rewarding process that can give you the opportunity to learn new skills.
  • Flexibility: Installation can be carried out as and when you need it.


  • Time Consuming: If you have not installed a gate before, it is easy to underestimate the amount of time it takes to achieve a professional result.
  • No Backup: You may encounter unforeseen issues during installation and will have to overcome any problems you discover without the backup of anyone experienced in the fitting process.
  • Safety: Gates are heavy-moving objects and must be installed with the utmost care and attention to detail. Incorrect fitment can ultimately lead to accidents or injuries for which you would be liable.
  • No Guarantee: If the installation does not go according to plan, you will have no guarantee to fall back on, and any repairs you need to carry out will need to be done at your own expense.

Want to learn more about the fitting process before making a decision? View our installation advice page to see the process of installing a gate.

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