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Garden gate installation cost guide
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A well-designed garden gate that complements your home and garden can really add to your home’s value and kerb appeal. As well as the added style, a gate can provide that extra bit of security for your ease of mind, and with so many different styles to choose from, there really is a gate for everyone.

Garden gate installation price can vary enormously depending on which design you choose, the gate’s size and its material. You could attempt to fit a gate yourself, but unless you have the expertise, it can be difficult to align it properly. Read on to find out the average garden gate installation cost.

Garden gate installation cost

Cost provided itemAverage cost
Fit a wooden garden gate with two concreted timber posts£400
Metal garden gate hung on brickwork£175
Fit a pair of wooden driveway gates with two concreted in hardwood posts£750
Fit metal driveway gates & posts in an existing gap£350
Add automation to driveway gates£750
Handyman day rate£150 a day

The overall price to install a garden gate will be dependent on several factors, including the gate’s size, the materials needed and where the gate is being fitted. As well as this, it’s worth bearing in mind that costs in cities such as London will be more expensive than the rest of the UK.

Gate installation prices frequently vary depending on the style and materials you choose. Wooden gates will usually cost more than metal gates of a similar size and design. It’s also worth factoring in other material costs such as gate hinges and supporting posts to hang the gate.

On average, garden gate installation price can vary from £175 for a metal gate of a standard size up to approximately £750 for double wooden gates for your driveway. Another cost to consider is whether you choose to add automation to your gates. This could increase the overall cost by an additional £750.

The average rate of a handyman tends to range between £100 – £200 per day. The majority of garden gate installers often charge for at least half a day’s work. And if your installer brings a labourer to assist, the garden gate installation cost will usually increase.

Cost to install wooden gate

Metal gates can often look attractive, but they don’t provide a great deal of privacy, that is unless you use solid metal sheets, which could prove to be extremely costly.

A closeboard wooden gate, however, is a popular choice for both style and privacy. The cost will depend again on the size and style of the gate and also if it’s a hardwood or a softwood. It’s worth noting though that a wooden gate will need regular maintenance to avoid it rotting, twisting and warping. We would recommend having it maintained twice a year with wood stain or paint.

Whichever style you prefer, your final choice may depend on the cost. Although a wooden gate may look more attractive if your garden is surrounded by a wooden fence, it will usually cost more to install than an elaborate metal gate.

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Cost to install wooden gate

Garden gate styles

Planning permission

If your gate is next to a footpath or road and it measures more than one metre in height, you might need to apply for planning permission, but in most cases, planning permission is not required (unless it is a listed property). On the other hand, gates that two metres tall or more will usually require planning permission wherever they’re to be installed.

Key takeaways

  • A garden gate can enhance your property with both the style and the security.
  • Wooden gates will need regular maintenance to ensure they’re in good condition.
  • Adding automation to your gates will incur extra costs.

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