Middle-age sag is the sort of universal problem that even afflicts garden gates. Lucky gates, though—for them there’s an easy fix.
Metal braces, brackets, and anti-sag hardware can improve posture instantly for gates, returning them to their younger, stronger selves. What’s the best fix for your sagging gate? It depends on a gate’s height, width, and style. We’ve rounded up a range of options—from tension kits with turnbuckles to steel braces—to counteract middle-age sag in garden gates.
Above: Made of tubular steel and powder-coated to resist the elements, the Gate Brace is 43 inches wide. (It is not intended for “corner to corner” installation; see the top photo for illustration). The brace kit comes with four wood screws and six self-tapping metal screws for installation; $34.95 from the Gate Brace. Above: An arched black galvanized steel Gate Frame for use with pressure-treated wood will fit a 51 1/8-inch opening; $104 CAD from Rona Home & Garden. Above: An Anti Sag Gate Kit with a 64-inch brace is $40.55 from Amazon. Above: Designed by Adjust-a-Gate, a Steel Frame No Sag Gate Building Kit will fit wooden gates from 36 to 60 inches wide and up to 84 inches high. A kit includes a vertical frame, spreader bars, frame hinges, post hinges, two-way gate latch kit, diagonal truss cable, and screws; $80.62 from Amazon. Above: A set of five Complete Gate Framing Bracket and Hinge Kits made of powder-coated steel will have enough materials and hardware supplies to reinforce the structure of five wooden swing gates. Each kit includes two welded hinge/brackets, four corner reinforcements, and screws; $132.95 from Best Materials. Above: A four-bracket No-Sag EasyGate Bracket Kit from Homax is made of powder coated steel and comes with weather-resistant screws; $29.97 from Amazon. Above: Artistic Steel Gate Braces are suitable for use with four 2-by-4-inch lengths of lumber. A set is $36.05 from Artistic Iron Works. Above: An adjustable metal frame, a Gate Hardware kit measures 36 inches by 72 inches; $83.99 CAD from Rona. Above: A zinc-plated Anti-Sag Gate Kit from Everbilt for gates up to six feet high and four feet wide includes two corner braces, two pairs of cable clamps, a hook-and-eye turnbuckle, one 90-inch stranded steel cable, and fasteners; $11.98 from Home Depot. Above: A Gatemate Ready Gate (Anti-Sag Kit) includes four right-angle corner braces, two 4-inch butt hinges, one 2-inch auto latch, and all mounting hardware. Made of steel, it is designed to fit gates from 25 inches to 72 inches; $54 from the Hardware Hut.
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