Economy vs High Quality Gates


Where does your money go for an installation?

If a typical door hinge (butt hinge) is to be used, then typically the installation requires recessing the hinge, flush into the door edge, just as you can find on all of the doors of your house. This type of installation is of the typical door installation process, which is normally done by a door hanging specialist/professional or a finish carpenter Normally this type of installation includes a typical door knob that that has the latch portion precisely flush-set into the door edge as well. This can be a quite lengthy installation compared to the “Barn Door Hinge” installation, due to the fact that the typical door installation, and tolerances are much more precise and time consuming compared to the Barn Door Hinge or other surface mounted gate hinge installations. The “Barn Door” type of hinge is commonly found on an economy line of gates, and is a surface mounted hinge that is screwed to one of the outside faces of the gate. This type of hinge lends itself to a much quicker installation as the gate can easily be positioned from right to left or even up or down , before the gate is secured into it’s final position, as opposed to the timely calculations of the standard door hanging process. The type of door securing hardware that is normally used in conjunction with the common gate hinge or “Barn Door Hinge”, is typically a simple metal handle that has a thumb latch to open the gate, or even more simple, a common gate latch that has a string coming through a small hole in the gate in which you can pull this string to open the gate. Although the “Barn Door Hinge” and typical gate latch hardware is not as streamlined nor as sleek as typical door hardware, it is however, a nice alternative for those who don’t mind the look and wish to save the installers time, which in turn, “should” save your money. We prefer that you select/supply your own hardware due to the hundreds of wonderful designs, sizes, and colors available, but are happy to answer questions for you regarding your hardware if you are not interested in the designs we have to offer.


Although a soft and light weight gate is often acceptable for many people’s needs, many other’s prefer a higher quality, more elegant, and durable wood product that will be more resistant to dents, as well as the abuse, from accidents of children, movers, gardeners etc. Unless otherwise specified we normally use Philippine Mahogany to build our “High Quality Gates” in a process which eliminates the need for visible Bolts, Brackets, and mending hardware which is often used to help hold together a soft wood product such as a Redwood or Cedar Gate. Just as you will rarely ever find the doors of a house made of Cedar or Redwood, we prefer to use a much higher quality wood for our gates as well. We take pride in standing behind our values of delivering quality by the means of using very weather resistant woods including our most cost effective, Philippine Mahogany wood as opposed to the softer/cheaper Cedar or Redwoods. We use Philippine Mahogany wood for some of the same reasons that major door manufacturers use Mahogany. Some our reasons are as follows:

• The stability of Mahogany

•The lack of “Sapwood” in Mahogany

•The great weather resistance of Mahogany

•The hardness of Mahogany.

When selecting Mahogany boards to be used for a gate, we look at each board for certain wood grain patterns to use, as well as wood grain patterns to stay away from. A particular board that appears to be nice and straight one day may warp or twist in the future after your gate has been installed. This can become quite a headache as door locks may not work properly. This can be due to not knowing and /or selecting a poor wood grain pattern. This process is more involved than just running to the store and picking up Mahogany Boards (or any boards of wood) and expecting to build a gate that will not warp in the future. Our experience, as well as our specializing in many different types of woods, gives us the confidence in knowing that we can build a straight Door/Gate for you today, and have it remain straight for you in the future. Test for your self the next time you are at a Lumber store, you will easily sink your fingernail into a piece of Cedar, but can not do the same with the Mahogany”s, and as Cedar is weather proof like styrofoam, it is also leans close to the characteristics of styrofoam in the sense of how poorly styrofoam grips a screw as well as the Cedar”s ease of breaking. Whether you are interested in having a showpiece for your home, or simply trying to avoid a gamble for dependability and future headaches. Purchase our High Quality Gates and service!

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