|Aluminum Gate: $25-$200||Steel Gate: $200-$700||Wrought-Iron, Galvanized Steel or Copper: $300-$800|
Garden gates can be low and decorative or high and utilitarian, with locks to keep the garden beyond truly private. Garden gates can be made from wood, metal, composite, or vinyl.
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- Metal garden gates cost $25-$800. Aluminum gates are usually the least expensive, usually costing $25-$200. Steel gates cost $200-$700 depending on size and style. High-end gates made from wrought iron , galvanized steel or copper cost $300-$800.
- Wood garden gates cost $100-$700. Gates made of woods like cedar cost $100-$350. Full-size wooden gates cost $500-$700. Lowe's and other retailers sell a range of wooden garden gates made from different woods cut in different styles.
- Vinyl and composite garden gates cost $165-$325.
- Garden gates made specifically for arbors cost $50-$350. The gates alone usually cost $50-$100 depending on the material and design; a gate with the arbor included costs about $300-$350. Many home decor retailers including Sears and Walmart sell garden arbor gates.
What should be included:|
- A garden gate includes the gate itself. Some garden gates include posts and installation hardware. Confirm whether all the materials needed for installation are included in the specifications for the gate.
- Higher-end garden gates may come with limited or lifetime warranties.
- Garden gate posts, if not included with the gate, cost $28-$130, depending on size and material used to make the post. Garden gate posts are sold by the same retailers that sell garden gates, like Lowe's and Amazing Gates .
- Hardware such as brackets, hinges, latches, pins, and installation hardware cost $1-$60. Standard fence brackets cost about $1-$3. Push and pull clamp-on brackets cost up to $60. Hinges cost $15-$20. Stores that sell garden gates also sell installation hardware; replacement parts can also be found at local hardware stores. For more information, see Home Depot's Gate Hardware Buying Guide .
- Gate latches cost $2-$25. Hook-and-eye latches cost $2-$4. Gravity latches cost $5-$15. Thumb latches cost $10-$25.
- Arbor-styled garden gates do not always include the arbor structure. Arbors cost $180 -$1,300 and are sold at home and garden centers and big box stores like Target .
- A skilled handyman should be able to install a garden gate in less than a day, for $100-$250. See How Much Does a Handyman Cost.
Shopping for a garden gate:
- Simple to moderate garden gates can be installed by a skilled DIYer, avoiding the cost of professional installation. Amazing Gates offers a garden gate installation video .
- Before beginning to shop for a garden gate, measure the space where the gate will be. Typical garden gates are made to fit either 3-foot or 4-foot wide openings. Garden gate heights vary widely, from 3 feet for decorative gates to 8 feet for deer fence gates.
- Consider the local climate. Wood weathers and degrades the quickest, especially in wetter regions, though dry rot can be a concern in low-humidity areas as well. With metal gates, rust can be a concern; to keep the gate rust-free and swinging smoothly it may need to be retreated on an annual basis. Vinyl and composite tend to be the longest lasting materials for garden gates in all weathers. The Lowe's Fence Buying Guide offers more information about selecting materials for garden gates and fencing.
- If child safety is a concern, be sure that the latch sits high enough to keep small hands from reaching it, and choose a gate style that's not easy to climb.
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