Security is paramount. Feeling safe in your home can improve every aspect of your life. While there are many options for security doors, screen doors, and locks, a security gate can be a great DIY option for those in need of added security. Learning how to install a security gate may be easier than you think.
If you’re ready to update your home’s safety with a security gate or new doors, the professionals at Master Seal are here to help. Serving the D.C. and greater Baltimore area, our company provides free consultations and skilled security gate installations alongside storm, security, patio, and entry door installation. No matter the style, our team is here for you. Call us now at 855.608.1580.
What Is a Security Gate?
Security gates are like security doors. Made of metal, a security gate rests in the middle of the door and extends up and down but may not cover the entire door the way a security door does. Many security gates are expanding. This feature means they fold in on themselves and into a sleeve on top of the doorjamb. This option is great for people who don’t want to prop their security door open for pets, children, or caring things in and out of the house. While they may seem less ornate than a security door, a gate can be an excellent option for those who don’t need to use it all the time and still need the added security to deter burglars.
How to Install a Security Gate Yourself
First, decide whether your gate will be affixed to the frame or if you want to place it outside of the frame. Gather the necessary tools for drilling into the frame or siding materials, measuring tape, pencils, and a level if your gate does not extend to the ground. While steps may vary slightly based on the manufacturer, here’s a guide to installing your security gate.
- If your gate reaches the ground, attach casters at the bottom of the gate. The side you install them on will determine which direction the gate opens.
- Install the proper side mounts to affix the gate to your frame, or use an L bracket to create space between the gate and the doorjamb.
- Install posts on each side of the opening.
- Check placement before drilling holes.
- Drill and mount the gate through the hinges.
- Stretch gate closed to align and check locking mechanisms.
- Install locking mechanism or other locks per manufacturer’s directions.
You can secure your entry with a security gate in just a few quick steps. For many people, a security gate offers the safety of security doors without the hassle. If you’re interested in security gates but not ready for a DIY project, it’s time to call a pro to help.
Find the Help You Need to Install a Security Gate Today
If you’re ready to upgrade your outdoor space with a security gate, let our team help. Based in Parkville, Maryland, Master Seal offers aluminum, steel, wood, vinyl, iron, or fiberglass door installation across the DMV. With a range of door, window, and home improvement services, our interior, exterior, entry, and patio door installation service areas include:
- Baltimore City
- Washington, D.C.
- Baltimore County
- Montgomery County
Since 1994, we’ve helped over 40,000 customers improve the value and security of their homes. No matter the project, we’re here to improve the energy efficiency, security, and value of your home with the perfect door.
Call Master Seal to Schedule Your Free Consultation Now
Don’t let an unsecured entryway keep you up at night. Call us now at 855.608.1580 for a custom quote and to check out our door product lines.