August 12, 2011 2 Comments
As a deck designer I frequently get all sorts of special requests from our clients, but one of the most common requests is to install a gate on a deck.
Typically a gate is added for security, to keep pets or kids on the deck and away from the steps, but a gate can also be added to improve privacy or as a fashion statement.
When considering a gate for a deck, consider first the “needs”: should this have a child-proof latch, be self-closing, or rated for pool access?
While it may be required because of the location or client’s needs, it’s important to consider as well the location of the gate and operation-will it create an inconvenience when open (blocking travel, or opening over the steps)?
Once you know what a gate “has to” do, it is worth considering what you’d like the gate to look like. Should it perfectly match the deck’s rail?
Or would this be an opportunity to do something just a bit different to create an artistic statement or accent?
Lastly, once you know what you want, it is time to get a price, and see if the cost fits within your budget.
- As a generic guide, a basic pressure treated or vinyl gate might cost between $250-500.
- A wrought iron or aluminum gate may range from $400 to $1000.
- Lastly, a custom-fit, matching gate can often cost $500 to over $1500 installed.
One thing to keep in mind is that while gates should be discussed during the planning stages, if budget dictates or your needs change, they can usually be added at a later date rather simply.