Like Fences gates come in a multiplicity of styles, sizes and materials and are used for just as many purposes. To suit your purpose a gate may provide security or a sense of security: it may be imposing, impressive, opulent, basic, decorative, boastful, and unique or simply a moveable hole in your fence.

With very few exceptions a gate comes down to three basic parts – a braced frame to support some form of cladding, two or more devices to attached the frame to a fence post so that the gate can pivot or hinge, and a latching or locking device to keep the gate in closed position. Every gate is a variation on the concept.