Deck Gate Kits
Click any picture below to see it more clearly! Gate kits are ideal for contractors or for Do-it-yourselfers with previous experience in basic woodwork, such as installing molding or assembling cabinetry. Each kit has the parts for the gate designed by you on our Design Your Gate page. Your kit is customized just for you!
If you buy a kit, you should have access to a drill, screwdriver, and 18G brad gun. We recommend a pneumatic bradder, but an electric one is sufficient. Must have capacity to use 5/8", 1" and 1 1/4" brads. Kits contain all parts and complete instructions. You provide any deck gate hardware, finishing materials and tools, such as sandpaper, stain, and sanders. Deck gate kits are sold unfinished for you to seal with Olympic Waterguard for Wood.
Hardware Not IncludedDeck gate kits come with NO hardware, but recommendations are provided for hardware available at your local big box store. For deck gates, we recommend strap hinges be procured that are at least 20% the width of your deck gate, to ensure proper support.
Deck Gates can be stained or paintedWe recommend semi-transparent or sheer stains which preserve the wood's beauty. If painting, use a primer before applying exterior grade paint.
Quick DeliveryWe ship UPS nationwide. Current turn-around times (10 days or less) are shown on our Design Your Gate page. You need to start there to design the gate, and then you can procure the kit at the end of the design process.
Sizing Your Deck Gate and How to Measure
The Opening. There should be no obstacles in the gate opening. Make sure there are no objects to hit when the gate swings. The opening's width at the top should be within 1/2" of the width at the bottom, or your gate will hang really funny because your gate posts are a bit tilted!
For a One Panel Gate. Order a gate 3/4" less wide than the opening, and make sure to measure where the opening is tightest. For the height, make sure you can clear the ground or floor by 1-2",and that your gate can fit under any post caps, if they exist.
For a Two panel Gate. Make sure that the width of the two panels, when added together, are 1" less wide than the opening. You need these tolerances for your hinges, for your panels to swing, and for any slight tilting that may occur in the gate posts over time.
Gate Height and Gate Sides. Take into account that the sides of the gate will be 1" longer than the height of the gate that you buy. Height is measured from the bottom of the footrail to top of the handrail.
Solid posts. Gates must hinge to a 4x4 post or to a similar structure that is well-anchored into the ground or deck. We recommend a 4x4 because the strap hinge needs a surface a few inches across for the base of the hinge.