DIY Gate Design Checklist

Questions & Troubleshooting Tips

DIY gate design

Designing your gate helps ensure you get what you want, but it may not always be easy. Follow this DIY gate design checklist to get started.

DIY Gate Design Checklist

Before you start your DIY gate design project, ask yourself a few questions:

  1. What’s the purpose of the gate? Security? Limiting access? Curb appeal?
  2. Will it be indoors, outdoors, or both?
    What size space are you trying to contain?
  3. Will it require a single or double gate opening?
  4. How will it function? Swing, slide, or lift? Automatic or manual operation?
  5. What type of material is best? Wood, steel, or aluminum?
  6. What’s your project time frame?
  7. What’s your budget?

Having the answers to this question helps put the project into perspective. Since it will be a DIY design, you want to make sure you can do it all yourself. This is where a heavy steel automatic gate may be tricky. Unless you’re already familiar with these materials and features, you’re better off getting a custom gate designed and installed by a professional.

Gate Design Troubleshooting

Not knowing the answers to the questions above can lead to problems. Some of the most common mistakes made during a DIY gate project includes:

  • Gate placement. Without a proper foundation, the gate posts end up sagging or sliding, making it harder to function no matter the material. You want to make sure the ground is level enough and in an area that won’t flood in poor conditions. Traffic also becomes a consideration. You don’t want gate function to impede traffic flow.
  • Materials. From the hinges to the finish, not using the proper components during construction can lead to poor function or maintenance issues.
  • Design. Overall, a poorly planned and constructed gate could lead to excessive wear on the equipment—possibly leaving you and anyone else with gate access trapped inside or out.

Need Some Help?

One of the best ways to prevent any project problems is having a solid design plan and a professional contractor to implement the installation. Not only can a pro help design a gate to fulfill your needs, but they have the tools and know-how to do it right the first time.

After going over your DIY gate design checklist, contact Security Five for more information on the best way to put your plan into action