Care for Gate


Looking after your gate (whether its a driveway gate, side gate or garden gate) should be on your annual “things to do list”. Not only will you enhance the look of your gate but more importantly, durability.

Gate Stain and Treatment: (wooden gates)

There are several well known brands to choose from – but beware as they don’t always do exactly what it says on the tin! We’ve tested all of the brands and as a company, we recommend using Sadolin. They are certainly not the cheapest but for protection and look, (in our opinion) they are the market leaders. Application is easy, and to create the perfect finish, follow this simple guide.

Gates already stained:

You will need 2 brushes and a decorators sponge. Use a smaller brush first to apply the stain between the cladding and around the inside of frame. Then (using a larger brush) brush the stain on and whilst still wet, use the sponge to remove “brush” marks (follow the cladding direction). It is important to pay attention to small areas (between cladding etc) and apply the stain to protect areas where water may go in.

Unstained Gates:

We highly recommend staining the gate indoors before hanging (garage, green house etc). The gate requires 2 coats and usually a 24 hour drying period between coats. All of the gate needs to be protected and the one area people forget to do is the bottom edge! To start, use a small brush for the cladding gaps, inside frame edge and bottom. Then use a larger brush and whilst stain is still wet, run a decorators sponge down to remove “brush” marks and create a smooth finish. Before you apply any other coats, make sure the gate is fully dried.

Holes drilled in Gate:

Usually occurs if the position of the hinge, latch etc is changed. May not look like a possible problem but would create an area for water to enter. Fill the hole with wood filler, allow to dry then lightly sand the filler until its smooth, stain area over till it blends in with the gate.

Gate Movement/ Bowing:

We manufacture gates in a way to allow a certain degree of movement in the gate without you even noticing it. Sometimes gates will move too much and the frame may start to bow. The frame will never give way as all frames have a mortice, tenon and dowel joint built in. This happens because water has entered the gate from either an area without stain or a hole in the gate. There are two ways to fix this. You can either wait for the gates to dry (if the weather is improving) and once the gate has returned to original shape re stain and check for holes or remove the gates, place inside garage etc and once back to original shape, re stain. Depending on temperature, the drying period can vary from one to four weeks.

Mould on Gate:

If your gate is positioned in an area surrounded by trees, hedges etc it is only natural that mould may start to form on your gate. This isn’t damaging your gate in anyway (nor is it a manufacturing fault) and simply is a case of sponging it off with warm water. Most stains on the market will be UV protected but wont stop mould! If mould has started to form under the stain, it may be a case of sanding the down the area and re-staining.

We are happy to answer any questions or advise you on the care of your gate. You can contact us on the phone (0800 6124 965) or via an email (


Stunning service from start to finish with text and mail updates on build progress, Then when the gate arrived I was really pleased with the quality of the build. Would buy again.

Stuart Steadman


This is the second gate we have bought from Gates and Fences. We were very happy with the first although the queue at that time was long, they kept in touch all the way until it was delivered as and when promised.

We like the quality and finish of the first so felt quite happy to wait for the second and we were delighted when it was promised and also delivered in a much shorter timespan.

Communication throughout the process was excellent and the care taken to ensure that our order was accurate and contained everything we needed. Well Done!

Stephen Cook


Quality product and excellent service. Very pleased with my new side gate which is solidly built and will clearly last many many years. The ordering process was efficient with clear and helpful responses. I’d definitely use this firm for any future needs.

Lance Pitts


Easy to use website, well followed up with email progress reports as build progressed. Arrived on promised date, friendly crew unloaded gates.
Builder confirmed good quality gates and hinges/fittings also look good. Gates have now been installed and we are very pleased with the way they enhance the kerb appeal of our house.

Harry Richardson


I received regular updates on progress hence able to plan fitting easily (gate is for busy hotel) The gate was well packaged, everything was present and correct. Build was very good, it’s a decent weight and I think it’ll prove solid enough to cope with the use it’ll get for many years.
Visually it’s excellent and has already drawn several admiring comments.
Overall a super service and quality product.

Paul Burrough


Very pleased with my gate purchase worth paying the extra for a quality and sturdy gate.
Made to measure and fits a treat. Communication and update along the way was excellent,never known a business keep you as well informed as Gates and Fences.
Delivery was spot on tracked to my door. Recommend to all and if needed would definitely buy from this firm again.
Many thanks

Gary Rawlings


Very rarely these days do you get great service and a great product.
From initial contact to manufacturing and Subsequent delivery I was kept up to date. Paul Jones was very helpful and patient and gave excellent help re how to size etc prior to ordering.
Installation advice was also invaluable and as a result I purchased the correct fixings and completed the job.
Thank you.

J Graham


Our gate was super. Lovely quality & well made wood & ironwork.
Delivered in testing times & easy to fit !
Couldn’t fault it !

Kevin Hardy


A properly made gate built to last.
The whole experience was excellent, I was helped measuring the opening, discussing the options and finally choosing the right gate. I was kept informed during the UK manufacturing process, order was shipped as arranged, all well packaged. Hanging the gate (on my own) was possible, the instructions could be a little clearer but help is at hand via telephone. After sale service is also first rate. Overall – Very impressed 5 *****

Toby Arnold


From my first phone call to delivery, the information, advice and general communication was excellent. I was firstly advised that there might be a 4-6 week lead-in time but the gates were delivered in 4 weeks from ordering. That is 1st class service. E-mails kept me informed of the start of the manufacturing, to the end of the process of staining, oiling, quality control to delivery date. Well done.

Ron Wallace


An excellent product at a reasonable price. Right from my first enquiry the company was very professional. They helped confirm my calculations for a bespoke size and kept me informed every step of the way. Quoted 5 weeks the our gate arrived in just 3. Product was of good quality and arrived well protected against damage. I found the website very good too. All in all very pleased with our purchase. Andy Boulter

Andy Boulter


Excellent service, easy to follow website for ordering,
kept informed throughout manufacturing and delivery by email. Arrived exactly when they said and well packaged. Definitely use again in the future.

Janet Huntley


From placing our order to receiving the end product the service we received was excellent.The customer service team were very informative and helpful.
The quality of both the gates and fence panels are excellent . They are very well built and the craftsmanship is brilliant . Our order arrived well packaged and on our agreed date. They look fantastic. We are very impressed and would certainly use gates and fences in the future and would be happy to recommend them.
Richard and Julie

Julie Burnett


I ordered a side gate from Gates and Fences as they were one of the few companies that could offer a bespoke gate at a reasonable price. I was very pleased with the quality of the end product, and it arrived well within the advertised turn-around time.

Cheryl Robertson


After completing the on-line order information, the company were very quick to respond and clarify my requirements.They did this by email and it a was a very efficient process. I was updated by email throughout the manufacturing process right up to when the side gate I ordered was delivered. Although I have not installed it yet, it looks magnificent ‘a beast of a gate’, but very good looking. I would highly recommend this company.

David Longley


Need advice? Speak to our friendly team on 0800 6124 965

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