When homeowners discover they have a saggy wooden gate, they immediately analyze the source of this unfortunate situation. Sometimes, this creates a frustrating problem in the long run. This week’s article provides several reasons why your home has a saggy wooden gate.
The Way the Gate Was Installed
How was your gate installed? Was the gate built and installed after the remaining of the fence? Or was it a DIY job? A bulky gate on a foundation tends to support the fence’s weight. But when the gate opens and closes regularly, there is twisting involved with the rest of your wooden fence. This torsion causes the fence to bend and bow.
Inaccurate Post Size for Your Gate
Another reason you have a saggy wooden gate is that you might have the wrong post size for the gate. Make sure to discuss the recommended post size with your fence contractor. An experienced fence contractor will determine the correct size of the post to be used. For example, a 6×6 post is ideal for a significant double wood gate.
Not Using Heavy Duty Hardware
Furthermore, the primary key to installing a gate that will not sag is using heavy-duty hardware. Ensure the hinges, springs, and supports are adequately sized and placed during installation. Also, avoid using lightweight or improperly sized hardware because it will most likely break, bend, or detach off your gate or post.
Moreover, speak with your fence installation contractor about hardware and ask for heavy-duty hardware. Be aware of companies using “anti-sag” kits because this is an indicator that your wooden gate will sag.
Incorrectly Installing the Gate
Lastly, the ideal solution to avoid a saggy wooden gate is to install it from the beginning accurately. Nonetheless, it’s essential to know that the best-installed gates need a minor tweak. Also, this adjustment contributes to keeping a healthy gate in the long run. This is why you should hire a reputable and professional fencing company that will happily return to adjust your gate.
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