Gate Latch Security

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Securing Your Wooden Garden Gate

There are quite a few options for locking your gate. They range from gate latches that have a lock built in to gate latches offering a hole to slide in a padlock, to deadbolts, to slide bolts.

Lockable gate latches. These include a lock as either an integral part of the gate latch, or as an addition to the gate latch (such as a padlock slipped through a hole in the latch). These range from the most basic old-style gate latch that you tie a pull-string to, to highly engineered latches that have a lock as a part of the design. We have key lockable gate latches that have keyed cylinders either on one side, or on both sides.

See 360 Yardware’s selection of lockable gate latches.


(Since we wrote this page, we’ve added a full page dedicated just to deadbolts on gates. Read it here.) 

Other background reading….

Sometimes you fall in love with a particular gate latch and it isn’t lockable, but you need some measure of security on the gate. A deadbolt is a really good option. Installing a deadbolt requires some tools and skill, but it looks and functions well. Generally, the deadbolt is installed in addition to a latch. You can likely find one that has the same finish as your latch.

There are two options for deadbolts: single cylinder or double cylinder. Single cylinder means that there is a knob on the inside of the gate and a keyed side on the outside of the gate. If you need to lock your garden gate from both sides, a double cylinder deadbolt is the ticket. You’ll have a keyed side on both sides of the gate. If you only need the security occasionally, you can leave the deadbolt disengaged until you need it. Deadbolts are slightly technical as far as installation goes–there is some boring that’s required in the internal guts of the gate and jamb.

For very thick gates, we offer a deadbolt extension up to 5.5″ thick.

See 360 Yardware’s selection of deadbolts. Almost all deadbolts can be ordered as a double cylinder deadbolt.

Another possibility for a lockable gate latch is to use the deadbolt as a latch. The benefit is that you only need one piece of hardware. The downside is
that you’ll need a key to open the gate from the street-side of the gate (or both sides of the gate if you choose a double cylinder deadbolt). You’ll also always need to latch the deadbolt by hand, rather than having a gate latch that’s self-latching.

Slide Bolts, Barrel Bolts, etc. Whereas deadbolts are operable from both sides of the gate, slidebolts, barrel bolts and others like them are installed on the inside (yard-side) of the gate. They are installed as an additional measure above or below a non-locking gate latch. To engage the lock, you slide the barrel into the catch and it prevents the gate from being opened from either side. These types of bolts are surface-mounted to the face of the gate.

See 360 Yardware’s selection of slide bolts and barrel bolts.

Examples of Lockable Latches

Leva lockable stainless steel architectural gate latch
The Leva Marine Grade Stainless Steel Lockable Gate Latch









Examples of Deadbolts

Single Cylinder Emtek Deadbolt for Gates and Doors 8474
Single Cylinder Emtek Deadbolt for Gates and Doors. The keyed side will be on the outside of the gate. The knobbed side will be on the inside of the gate. The gate can be opened from both sides.
Emtek Brushed Stainless Steel Double Cylinder Deadbolt S50023
This double cylinder deadbolt needs to be opened with a key on both sides of the gate.









Examples of Slide Bolts and Barrel Bolts (Surface-Mounted Bolts)

Solid Brass Surface Bolts by Emtek to Lock a Gate 8511
These are 3 brass surface bolts in varying lengths.
Cast Aluminum Scroll Style Door Bolt to Lock a Gate AL37372
A more ornamental bolt




Coastal Bronze Dark Bronze Gate Barrel Bolt 80-200


View our Architectural Gate Hardware catalog, which includes all of our gate latches (modern, contemporary, rustic, traditional and antique) plus outdoor gate hinges, gate stops, cane bolts, and gate locks. The catalog includes gate latches for double gates and single gate hardware packages where we take the thought out of putting together a hardware ensemble.

360 Yardware is an authorized distributor of Emtek door hardware, including modern door hardware, contemporary door hardware, door accessories, deadbolts. To see our complete offerings, see our Emtek Catalog page.