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Retractable security gate providing security to the front door of a residential home

As we head further into 2024, it’s clear that many homeowners are making improvements to their gardens and driveways while keeping security at the forefront of their minds – and it makes perfect sense.


Garden gates add character to your home, increase value, boost security and ultimately make that grand moment of arriving home from work more enjoyable. If you’re setting yourself the task of installing your new garden gate, it is important to ensure the installation is carried out to a high standard to avoid the risk of damage and break-ins.

Putting up a new fence can be a satisfying DIY project. But no matter how sturdy the materials, your beautiful new boundary will only be as strong as its posts. So, securing and stabilising your metal fence posts properly is crucial.

From adding security lighting to a porch, a pretty driveway, lavish lawn, archway or gates, there are plenty of exterior design elements well worth considering.

Here at Metal Gates Direct, we are often asked - what is the standard thickness for a gate? When it comes to choosing a new gate for your property, one of the key considerations is most certainly the thickness of it. The thickness impacts the strength, durability and security of the gate, so it's important to understand the standards.

single and double gate designs

The choice between the two generally depends on several factors, including property layout, available space, budget, and personal preferences; however, to help you make an informed purchasing decision, we'll outline the main differences between the two gate types and their pros and cons

When dreaming up your next big home improvement project, the simplest of jobs becomes more complex and possibly more daunting when you hear the words ‘council’ or ‘planning’. From building a summerhouse to installing a gate, extending your kitchen or installing a new fence, there are always going to be rules and regulations to consider

Saxon metal fence panels

We’re all looking at ways to improve our gardens, whether that’s inviting more wildlife to your garden, making it more child-friendly or creating stunning seating areas for bliss evenings of entertainment. Every improvement is a job worth doing, but one of the most crucial aspects is creating the privacy and security you need in the first place, which necessitates the best quality fencing.


If you’ve just invested in new metal fences and now have the posts ready to complete the job, one of the first questions you may ask yourself is, “how deep do metal fence posts need to be buried?”

Aluminium may be softer than steel and wrought iron, however, it does deliver a multitude of impressive qualities, such as corrosion resistance, malleability, thermal and electrical conductivity, and a low weight-to-strength ratio.

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