Product added to basket!

Technical Advice

Selecting the correct gate size can often be confusing for the average homeowner; therefore, when planning a new installation, you can save a lot of time, hassle and expense by following some basic rules below. 

Major Points to Consider when Installing Metal Gates

  • What forms the existing opening? Brickwork, stonework, timber posts
  • Is the existing structure of adequate strength?
  • What is the size of the existing structure?
  • Is the wall vertical, or does it lean over?
  • Are there any obstructions present that may hinder the gate's swinging radius?
  • What level of security do you require?
  • What design will fit in with the properties existing features?


With many of these considerations being covered in detail within the information pages on this website, the most efficient way of having your questions and queries answered is to fill in our contact form. We will offer impartial technical advice to ensure your gate installation runs smoothly. Alternatively, take a look at the pages detailed below.

Our years of valuable experience selling gates have taught us that no two customer requirements are the same; therefore, if you cannot find the information you need, we have friendly staff on hand to ensure the right style and design of gate is specified, saving you time and money.

What to consider when installing new gates?

Technical Advice for Architects & Builders

Although most of our enquiries come from residential customers, we are also happy to provide help and advice to architects, builders, handypersons, developers or any other trade. Where required, we can give information and advice in the following areas.

  • Basic Plan drawings
  • Specification Sheets
  • Ordering sizes and opening tolerances
  • Details of paint finishes
  • Suitable methods of constructing pillars
  • Details of posts, fittings and accessories
  • Details of maximum and minimum manufacturing constraints
  • Delivery periods
  • Suitable gate installation positions.
A big thank you to metal gates direct for all the help you provided in selecting the right size gates to fit my driveway

Office Opening Times

  • Monday to Thursday: 9.00am - 5.00pm
  • Friday: 9.00am - 4.00pm