A single span gate.
lthough Prowell offers single gates up to 72″ width (without steel frames), the truth is that fewer folks are accustomed to negotiating a 72″ wide gate than they are a 32″ wide gate. A cumbersome width that becomes considerably less so at 60″. The gate itself opens and closes with the same ease and action as the ball-bearing hinges they are hinged on.
And yet a 60″ wide gate is expensive, as well as presenting a more muscular aesthetic that may, or may not, be corroborated by the surrounding landscape and architecture.
Double Off-Set Gates.
ouble gates have the conceded advantage of a greater opening available, when needed. Such as bringing out the trash or driving the mower from the back to the front yard. But for the vast majority of time, passage through double gates occurs through only one of the two double gates. The right gate–if approaching from the street, simply because most of us are right-handed and the ergonomics works better when reaching with our right hand for the latch on the left side of the gate– or residential door.
If only one gate is negotiated 95% of the time, then the principle of an off-set makes sense. If the overall opening is, say, 60″ +_, the left, or fixed gate might be at 18″ width and the right, operable gate at a comfortable 42.
And yet by the nature of the division, many of the 130+ gate designs by Prowell require special consideration when confronted with an off-set option. Certain design details and grids, etc simply lend themselves to the off-set better than others.
Single gate flanked by two Fence Panels.
his option offers some pleasing results to a large number of landscaping dilemmas. It can help to create a focal point delineating the entry as a more unmistakable point of entry, while side-stepping the more muscular, or authoritative look of a single 60″ gate or what can often be a confusing miasma of double off-set gates.
It does, however, require two additional posts. And as can be seen in the images below, these are, whenever possible, surfaced 4×4’s instead of the greater girth of 6×6 posts.