A sagging or off-kilter gate just doesn’t look right. Unless your going for the ol’ dilapidated ranch-style fence, you want a clean straight line across the entirety of your fencing structure. Plus, off-balance gates squeak, creak, and simply don’t latch correctly. The ideal gate holds its shape, but there are numerous factors that lead to gate sag:
Weight, over time, causes sagging. And gates can be heavy, easily weighing one hundred pounds or more. Unfortunately, gravity doesn’t take a break, and over time some sagging is inevitable.
Mother Nature doesn’t take a break either. Wooden fences are susceptible to warping due to precipitation and temperature cycles. Plastics and metals weather better, but nothing’s impervious to extreme weather conditions. Heck, you could lose a gate to a tornado in the blink of an eye.
Equipment or Hardware
Bad hardware sets your gate up for failure. A proper gate uses hardware that’s rated for the weight it’ll be holding. It just makes sense. You’ll need better, stronger hinges for a bigger heavier gate.
You’ve got to install a gate properly to dissuade that sag. That means proper hinge alignment, a properly constructed gate, proper latching installation, and straight support beams. You can always call on the pros at VanHoose Fence Company – we’ll ensure that your gate gets installed right.
The main support beam needs to be heavy duty. Since this post will hold the entire weight of your gate, you’ll want a big thick post (at least a 4”x4”), and you’ll want to set the beam into a buried column of concrete. Posts that aren’t set into concrete are far more likely to lean and fail. Plus the concrete prevents rot, so you’ll have a gate structure you can count on for decades.
In short, gates fail over time. With weight, weather, and time, any gate is bound to sag. But a properly installed gate lasts far longer, and is far easier to maintain or repair. Call on a professional fencing company to get a proper gate installation. Call on VanHoose Fence.