There are as many different styles of gate as there are styles of fencing. Gates can be single or double. The most widely used gates in walls and fences in urban locations are described below.
Close boarded (feather-edged) gate
The vertical timber slats are fixed to horizontal cross rails at the top and the bottom of the gate. Further support is given to the gate by a diagonal timber bar.
Panel fences are available to match the type of panel fence you have erected. They are usually 910mm (36 in) wide and should be 50mm (2in) shorter than the fence.
Open-boarded palisade gate
This style of gate can be tall or short. The vertical palings are spaced and fixed to two horizontal timber cross rails and a diagonal timber bar. The palings rise higher than the horizontal cross rail at the top of the gate. The top of the gate can be rounded, pointed or square.
Open-boarded framed gate
This style of gate is similar to the open-boarded palisade gate with spaces between the vertical palings. The difference is that the palings on a framed gate do not rise above the top horizontal rail.
Frame and panel gate
A timber frame gate with panels made of plywood.
Wrought iron gate
Decorative gates in wrought iron can be tall or small. They can also be single or double and are available in a wide range of designs.
The timber barred gate is also known as the Field and Country gate. It can be fitted as a narrow garden gate but is more commonly used as a wide driveway gate. It will have five or seven horizontal bars and at least one diagonal support brace. A narrow gate is often fitted to one side of the wider gate for pedestrian access. This is called a hunting gate.