Please note that when hanging gates the sizes given are quoted using the fittings supplied by Charltons.

These are recommendations and are not instructions for hanging gates. We recommend that an experienced installer fit manual gates and a qualified installer fit automated electric gates. Further information on qualified installers can be obtained from Gate Safe or DHF (Door & Hardwear Federation).

Automated electric gates must have a heavy duty rail on 5 Bar Gates and a heavy duty bottom rail on Driveway gates. We also recommend that gates are treated with a Modern UV oil (click here for more details).

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Please be aware that gates can be prone to some movement,  reacting to the weather conditions and aspect that they are in, particularly heat and humidity. This is natural and should not be considered as a defect. When correctly fitted, the adjustable hinge sets, latch and drop bolts help keep the gates in line.

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PAIR OF 5 BAR GATES HUNG ON FACE OF POSTS

Please be aware that gates can be prone to some movement,  reacting to the weather conditions and aspect that they are in, particularly heat and humidity. This is natural and should not be considered as a defect. This configuration can be prone to twisting as the bottom of the gate (*) is not resting against a post so we do recommend treatment with a modern UV oil to help alleviate this.

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Single 5 Bar gate between posts

Please be aware that gates can be prone to some movement,  reacting to the weather conditions and aspect that they are in, particularly heat and humidity. This is natural and should not be considered as a defect. When correctly fitted, the adjustable hinge sets, latch and drop bolts help keep the gates in line.

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Pair of 5 bar gates hung between posts

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Hanging a pair of driveway gates

Please note wooden posts are a natural material and therefore can experience some movement with heat and humidity. Ideally, heavy large Courtyard & Driveway gates should not be be hung just on wooden posts.

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Hanging a pair of driveway gates

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SIDE GATE HUNG BETWEEN WALLS

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SIDE GATE HUNG BETWEEN POSTS

Gate Hinges

Galvanised for resistance against rust and corrosion and built to last.

A rule of thumb is that the gate hinges should be at least a third of the width of the gate. For more information click here.

5 Bar Gate Hinges

Adjustable double strap field hinge sets are suitable for all 5 Bar field gates. The double straps provides a strong grip either side of the top bar of the gate and an adjustable bolt through the base of the hanging stile which allows for adjustment if the gate should drop in time

Gate widths: 3′ (0.915m) – 4′ (1.22m) = 12″ adjustable hinge set

Gate widths: 5′ (1.525m) – 7′ (2.13m) =  18″ adjustable hinge set

Gate widths: 8′ (2.44m) – 14′ (4.27m) = 24″ adjustable hinge set

Galvanised.

Adjustable Field Gate Hinge Set

 

 

 

 

 

Driveway Gate Hinges

3 pairs of 30″ 2 way Adjustable Band & Hook Pin on Plate hinges for gates that need adjustment due to seasonal changes. Each hinge supports up to 80 kg in weight.

2 way adjustable gate hinge

 

 

For gates with a curved top a smaller size 1 way adjustable Band & Hook hinge set can be used on curved gates along with an adjustable narrow
plate to give the 2nd adjustment

30″ hinges have a load bearing of 80kg per hinge

 

 

Pedestrian Gate Hinges

One way adjustable band & hook pin on plate for gates hung between posts

One way adjustable band & hook pin on plate for gates hung between posts

Cranked band & hook pin on plate hinge set

Cranked band & hook pin on plate hinge set for hanging gates between walls/pillars

gate medium tee hinge

T hinge set for hanging lighter weight gates between walls/pillars

How to measure for a Driveway Gate

First off you will need to establish the width and height of your entrance way. Tolerances are given for using hinges supplied by Charltons. If your gates are to be automated, please make sure you consult a qualified installer as requirements may be different depending on the equipment used. Automated gates must be installed by a fully qualified installer who must ensure it complies with the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008.

For the width of the gate:

Take 3 measurements of your entrance way; the top, middle & bottom of the walls/pillars as these may vary. Always use the narrowest measurement. For manual gates we recommend 3 pairs of 2 way adjustable hinges per gate to allow for seasonal movement, so small adjustments can be made using the hinges.

Using the narrowest measurement subtract the fixing posts, the hinge and closing gaps and you will have the overall physical width of your gates. Divide by 2 to get individual gate widths (gates can be an uneven split e.g. 70/30 so divide accordingly to get the gate widths).

how to measure for the width of a driveway gate

For the height of the gate:

The height of a gate depends the height of your walls/pillars.

Planning permission will be needed if gates are over 1m high and next to a highway used by vehicles or be over 2m high (from ground level) and sited elsewhere, such as a back garden. For more information check the Planning Portal.

Measure the height from the ground near each side near the wall/pillars. Make sure that any high spots in the entranceway are allowed for in your measurements, as opening and closing gates over these high spots may cause damage. Use the smallest measurement.  Minus 50 mm clearance to get the height of your gate.

how to measure for the width of a driveway gate

If your gates are to be automated, then please make sure that you consult a qualified installer as requirements may be different depending on the equipment used. Automated gates must be installed by a fully qualified installer who must ensure it complies with the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008.

Manual gate maintenance

Manual installations should be supported by a regular maintenance regime. The time lapses between  maintenance checks will be largely determined by the amount of usage the gate is expected to tolerate. A low usage situation would represent up to 50 operations a day; Low usage gates should be checked every at least every 12 months. If there are any changes in the gate, for example, if the gate drags on the ground, this could be a sign that urgent attention required to avoid compromising the safety of the gate.

Challenging weather conditions, such as high winds/gales and heavy rain can cause damage to a gate and/or affect the

foundations. Routine checks should always be made once the bad weather has subsided. The following should be checked:

  • Review hinges and eyes for signs of excessive wear and tear e.g. damage, cracking
  • Check the foundations for any signs of movement
  • Look out for any indication that the material from which the gate has been crafted has in any way been compromised e.g.   gates showing signs of excessive cracks
  • Check that all ancillary equipment e.g., drop bolts and catches are working as expected. If any is classed as featuring in excess of 15% damage, a replacement should be considered

Automated gate maintenance

Automated gates must be installed by a fully qualified installer who must ensure it complies with the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008

As the owner of an automated gate, you are technically the owner of a machine, which just like your car requires routine maintenance. The gate should be checked over by a qualified installer every six months as a minimum.

More details can be found at https://gate-safe.org/

No drop bolts fitted to gates

No drop bolts fitted to gates has lead to gates twisting

Only one drop bolt fitted to gates

Only one drop bolt fitted to gates, gate has twisted

Incorrect fitting of gate hook

Incorrect fitting of gate hook, gate has twisted

Incorrect fitting of gate hook

Incorrect fitting of hook to hold back gate, gate has twisted

Part of hanging stile cut during fitting

Part of hanging stile cut during fitting, weakens gate causing problems

incorrectly installed gate hinges

Hinges have been incorrectly installed on edge of gate

No Heavy duty bottom rail fitted to gate

No heavy duty bottom rail on automated gate.

Not enough clearance when installing gate

This gate does not have enough clearance from the ground. Could affect the opening and closing plus water will be able to ingress in wet conditions,