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….
- Everything You Need to Know About Deadbolts on Gates – Link to post
- Everything You Need to Know About Deadbolts on Gates – PDF download format
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.
One recent option on the scene is the Emtek Keypad Deadbolt Lockset. Available in either sandcast bronze or brass, the lockset allows you to enter the gate without a key, by entering a key code of your choosing. It also has a place to use the key if you’d like. On the inside of the gate you just turn the knob and lock it up. While Emtek warrants its use, we recommends it be used only on gates in protected areas (e.g. under an overhang) or in areas of low rainfall. See the Emtek Keypad Deadbolt Locksets.
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
Examples of Deadbolts
The Emtek Brass Keypad Deadbolt, shown in Oil Rubbed Bronze. This deadbolt system allows you to keep your gate locked, but also makes it quite easy to open the gate when needed by entering your own personal keycode.
Examples of Slide Bolts and Barrel Bolts (Surface-Mounted Bolts)
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.