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Installation Guide

Do you need a new metal gate, fence or railings for your garden or driveway but don’t know if you will be capable of completing the installation yourself? Here at Garden Gates Direct we have compiled a practical DIY installation guide detailing the numerous aspects of fitting including

  • Painting

  • Installing Posts

  • Methods of fixing

  • Hanging the gates

Please note that the information we have provided should only be utilized as a general reference point. Many of our products have different hinge, latch and bracket designs to that shown (some are a fixed type, and others are adjustable). Furthermore, many of our metal posts have a universal design that necessitates the fixings to be attached to the posts upon installation (screws are not provided). As a result, when installing the items ordered, only ever refer to the installation instructions supplied with the product when it is delivered.

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General Information

Painting Metal Products

Unless specified otherwise within the product description, all our metal gates, fence panels and wrought iron style railings will be supplied with a black primer finish. This means they must be painted with a minimum of 2 coats of high-quality exterior-grade paint before being exposed to the elements. To achieve professional results, we recommend the products be painted in a clean, dry and dust-free environment.

For more information on the range of pre-finished gates, fencing and railings, please refer to the paint finishes section of our website. 

Where a factory-painted finish is your preferred option, please email or fill in the online enquiry form. We will be happy to provide you with a quote.

Wall mounted metal posts used to hang heavy duty wrought iron gates Wrought iron bi folding gates fitted to wall mounted posts


  • In Ground: Posts designed to be set into the ground using concrete are supplied approx 2ft longer than the height of the gate. This extra length enables the post to be placed into the earth at an adequate depth, making it stable and rigid. Suppose the ground conditions do not permit the post to be set into the ground at the appropriate depth? In these instances, you may cut the bottom off the base using an angle grinder.

  • Wall Mounted: Metal posts designed to be mounted to the wall will be supplied with the fixings already welded into position. If you need the fittings in a specific place, contact us before ordering so we can discuss your options and provide you with the correct advice.

Wall Fixing

Our wrought iron style gates, fence panels and railings are supplied with the necessary fittings to enable installation direct to existing brickwork, timber or metal posts. If selecting this installation method, please ensure the structure you hang the gates off or fix the railing to is of adequate strength and stability. In the case of our range of heavy-duty wrought iron style estate gates, we recommend the minimum size of brick pillar be 610mm x 610mm. 

For more installation information, please look at the valuable pages detailed below.

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How to Install Wooden Gate Hinges

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