How Do You Attach A Gate To A Vinyl Fence
If you have chosen to install a vinyl fence, you know that vinyl offers minimal maintenance, high strength, water resistance, and a clean look. Vinyl fences are popular for their sleek edges, so if you have kids or pets, they protect them from injury. While vinyl fences offer all of these, one question you may have is how to install a vinyl fence gate. Installing a vinyl fence gate is easier than you think.
Vinyl Fence Gate Options
Depending on the manufacturer of your vinyl fence parts, you may need to purchase a unique gate for a vinyl fence, but you can often make your own gate if you are a more intermediate fence installer. If you make your own gate, you can purchase a kit from the manufacturer. With a kit, all you’ll need to do with a vinyl panel is cut it down and then attach the necessary gate components.
When picking a kit and latch for a vinyl gate, choose all the necessary features first. If you are installing a gate for a vinyl fence outside of a pool, latches need to follow local municipal regulations. Most of the time, these latches require the gate to close when bumped or pushed.
Basic Guide For Installing Your Vinyl Fence Gate Hinges
While manufacturer hinges will vary, some key guiding points when installing a gate include:
- Using Block Spacers To Make Sure The Gate Is Set Upright During Installation
- Installing Screws In Marked Pilot Holes In The Hinge
- Adjusting Hinges As Needed
- After, Securing In Place, Removing Spacer Blocks And Checking The Gate For Proper Placement
Mounting Other Parts Of An Installation Kit
After placing the hinge, you may need to install the stub, handle, and latch on your vinyl fence gate. Depending on the size of your gate, placing will vary. However, stubs usually are set three feet from the bottom of the gate.
Essential Parts of Vinyl Gate Installation Kit
An important part of any vinyl fence kit is the socket. The socket connects a vinyl fence post to a rail. Without a socket, connecting a vinyl panel to the rest of your fence becomes more difficult without using screws. Sockets can be attached with vinyl glue adhesive. This adhesive will not fade over time and is available in almond or white to complement your fence’s features.
Common Vinyl Fence Gate Sockets
Get Started Installing A Vinyl Fence Gate
You are ready to start the installation if you have a vinyl fence gate kit and vinyl fence panel. If you still need to, multiple hinge, latch, and socket options are available to make your gate sturdy and weatherproof. If you need further help with other parts of your vinyl fence, our library of articles offers information from how to measure post caps to common vinyl fence parts.