Last updated 9th April, 2020
All you need to know about fitting / hanging a gate including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
The gate is the front door to the garden so it’s the first thing visitors will see. A well designed gate can look great and offer good security, plus nowadays there are many automated options if required. Gates vary tremendously in size, type and style, everything from a small DIY garden gate made from timber offcuts, to a £10,000 automated, wrought iron, custom designed driveway gate. This article is designed to help you decide on the right gate and to avoid overpaying for the privilege!
There are many companies selling cheap standard-sized gates, but how many driveways are "standard size"? In reality, there are few, if any, standard sized driveways, so made to measure gates designed for your specific needs offer you that little extra piece of mind. You know that when you come to install made to measure gates, everything will fit perfectly and will look great.
Trying to make a standard set of gates for your property is just extra hassle you can do without! You should probably avoid mass produced wooden gates in any case, as you can never be sure how long they have been stored and whether they have been protected from the elements. The woodwork and craftsmanship may be excellent, but if they were made outside the UK and stored outdoors for months without staining or painting, before being shipped to the UK, then they may already be starting to twist or warp before you even hang them! So buy locally sourced made to measure gates if at all possible.
Most problems with gates are caused by lack of maintenance or by bad installation. Automated gate system problems are often down to bad positioning of the gate which means poor tracking which will force the gate into positions it wasn’t designed to go. With automated gate systems, if there are problems they will usually surface within the first few months, whereas with conventional gates, it can take years for the UK weather and gravity to gradually weaken the materials.
The prices displayed were collated from various sources around the UK. They are based on a typical tradesman’s rate of around £150 per day, plus a labourer if necessary at £100 per day. The prices also include VAT and the cost of materials and the removal of any waste if necessary.
The average material cost to fit a gate will depend on the style and price of the gate. Wooden gates are the more expensive option compared to metal gates. Other material costs will include gate hinges and posts to hang the gates.
The average handyman will usually charge around £100 to £200 per day. Although hanging a gate is not a timely job and will typically take no longer than an hour or two. Smaller jobs may seem more expensive than they should be as most tradesmen will have a minimum charge of half a days labour.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a trade to fit a gate:
|Job Description||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|Fit a wooden garden gate with two concreted timber posts||££400||3-4 hours|
|Metal garden gate hung on brickwork||£175||3-4 hours|
|Fit a pair of wooden driveway gates with two concreted in hardwood posts||£750||6-8 hours|
|Fit metal driveway gates & posts in an existing gap||£350||1-3 hours|
|Add automation to driveway gates||£750||3-4 hours|
Individual costs to supply and fit a pair of wooden driveway gates with two concreted in hardwood posts - Total Cost: £750