Shopping for a gate lock is easy—once you’ve done your research, that is. To help you out, the following is a collection of the necessary need-to-know information. Here are some of the most important points to keep in mind while shopping for the best gate lock for your fenced-in yard.
Types of gate lock
Gate frame shape and type
Types of gate lock introduce.
Thumb latches feature a traditional style handle with a thumb-activated push button. The handle typically mounts on the outswing side of the gate. If they lock, they usually lock with a key like a traditional doorknob.
Ring and lever-style gate latches are pretty old-school, but they can add a nice touch to a rustic garden. Ring-and-lever latches feature a ring that’s attached to the end of a lever. When the user lifts and twists the ring, the other side of the lever lifts, clearing the catch that holds it in place. These gate latches rarely lock.
Bolt latches operate by sliding a bolt-like latch into a catch. These gate latches are very common and are easy to lock with a padlock.
Fingertip release models have post-mounted latches that either operate with gravity or a spring; finger release latches catch the pin and hold it in place so the gate stays shut. To open, push the top of the catch open to release the pin. These models typically lock with a padlock, but there are models with key-controlled tumblers as well.
Gate frame shape and type introduce.
Fences and the gates that secure them come in a variety of shapes and sizes. For example, tall fences might benefit from a particular latch style, while lower fences might do better with another. Also, some garden gates are built from wood, which features right angles and flat surfaces. Chain-link fences, on the other hand, use round metal pipes. The hardware for one won’t work for the other, so you’ll have to choose the appropriate latch for your gate.