Installing A D&D Gate Latch And Hinge System

What Is A Gate Latch?

A Gate Latch from Gate Hardware Center is used on a fence gate to secure it between uses. There are many versions of gate latches that are suitable for different types of fence gate material including Gravity Gate Latches, Dual Sided Self Locking Latches, MagnaLatches or Pool Gate Safety Latches, Padlockable Toggle Latches, and more. Fence Gate Latches keep homes, swimming pools, gardens, and yards safe and secure through a quick and easy installation for years of use.

Gate Material Matters

Before ordering a new Gate Latch for a residential or commercial gate fence system, consider the material of the gate for a smooth installation process. Most gates worldwide are comprised of Steel, Iron, Aluminum, PVC or Vinyl, and Wood. All of these gate fence types have unique benefits in their own way. Check the details of the Gate Latch for compatibility with the material of your gate before purchasing.

Different Types Of Gates

Front Entrance Gate: This gate is very common for low-budget home security and is usually made of metal or wood. These typical gates that can be found in most communities only need a general-purpose gate latch and plain-pivot hinge (non-self-closing). Features of a Front Entrance Gate include a low profile that carries non-locking metal or polymer gate latches and a set of hinges. These low-profile Front Entrance Gates are around 1 meter high on average. For peace of mind, a self-closing and self-latching system is beneficial for families with children or pets.

Privacy Front Entrance Gate: Increasing in popularity for better home security and privacy, these gates are made of metal or wood. Features of a Privacy Front Entrance Gate include a high profile that carries a higher level of key-lockable security and can be keyed by a locksmith to match the lock of a front door. A Front Privacy Gate measures around 1.5-1.8 meter high, giving visual privacy to the homeowner with great security.

Side Gate: A simple side gate, or garden gate, is similar to the front entrance gate in that they are usually made of metal or wood and require a general-purpose latch and plain-pivot hinge (non-self-closing).

Swimming Pool Gate: Pool Gates are 1.2-1.5 meters in height to prevent climbing while the latch mechanism remains out of reach for children's safety. The Pool Fence and Gate should be within BOCA Safety Standard Code with the safest gate hardware being magnetic gate latches with adjustable polymer gate hinges. For a more advanced system, an electronic and magnetic gate latch promotes safety for opening/closing with an audible alarm to signify the gate being propped open or if the gate didn't latch properly. Typically these gate latches are battery-powered and easy to install without an electrician or professional.

Gate Latch Options By Gate Type

Installing A D&D Gate Latch And Hinge System

Gate Hardware Center is partnered with D&D Technologies, known in the fencing industry as the world's most trusted gate hardware through intense quality control testing on every product and innovation in manufacturing gate latches, locks, hinges, and accessories for over 30 years. Almost all of the D&D Gate Latches and Hinges are designed for quick and easy installation considering the placement of screws and fixings for long-lasting mounting and versatility in gate material. Most gate latches and hinges come with self-drilling screws. No need to drill holes beforehand. Gate Latches and Hinges from Gate Hardware Center have easy-to-follow installation instructions available for download.

How To Adjust Tension On Spring Loaded Gate Hinges

Vinyl Gate Hinges: Take a long gate tension pin and insert it into the wheel on the cylinder shaft of the hinge. Rotate the tension pin to allow for the removal of the stop pin. Remove the stop pin and place in forward hole to increase tension and reverse in the hole to decrease tension.

Aluminum Gate Hinges: Use a flathead screwdriver and place it on the top center of the hinge cylinder in the slot. Push down and twist the slot to increase or decrease tension on the spring. You should keep consistent downward pressure and allow it to pop back up and lock in place. Clockwise turns will increase tension, while counterclockwise turns will decrease tension. Repeat these steps for the underside of the gate hinge.

*Note: Instructions for Adjustable Gate Hinges may vary based on Series of Gate Hinge and the type of gate.

Need Help Selecting The Right Gate Latch Or Gate Hinge?

Visit Gate Hardware Center's Resource Hub for Frequently Asked Questions, Troubleshooting, Installation Galleries, and Latest Articles to better understand Gate Latches and Hinge Systems. For help placing an order for the right Gate Latch And Hinge Set for your application, Contact Us or call Toll Free: (888) 378-1039. Our team of professionals can ensure you receive the best gate latch for your residential, commercial, or pool gate.