How to Select A Gate

When selecting gates for your home, there are a few questions you must first ask yourself.

Where do I want to block my child from gaining access?
Top of the Stairs?Bottom of the Stairs? Hallway?  Door frame?
If it is the top or bottom of the stairs, it is best to use a hardware-mounted gate that is stairway approved.  As professional installers, Bullseye will not install pressure gates on stairs.  Other locations may be suitable for pressure gates but pressure gates do have limitations.  Consider the following: maximum gate width, adjustability, a bar across the floor creating a tripping hazard and smaller entryway.

For hardware-mounted gates, what will the gate be attached to?
Walls, spindles, end posts, wrought iron and even glass walls usually require installation material to safely install a gate.

Does the area only allow for a gate to swing in 1 direction?
If so, make sure your selected gate can accommodate your need.

Will your gate need to be angle-mounted?
Not all gates can do this.  Read the box label to make sure the gate can handle an angle mounting.

How wide is the opening?
Most gates have extensions available, but not all.  Check out the maximum width the extensions can help you reach.  A wider gate right out of the box may be less money.

Gate prices have receded over the past 2 years.  This makes it harder to distinguish quality from a waste of money.  Spending a few extra dollars in the beginning will generally save you time, money and be more user friendly in the long run.

Gate variety is increasing.  While not every colour and style are available, ask your salesperson about options.

Lastly, are you OK with drilling into your hardwood post?
If yes, great!  As long as the flat portions of the post line up with gate hardware, you are good to go.  If it doesn't,’ or you prefer to preserve your post as-is, there are hardware kits to eliminate the drilling damage.  Kits are also available for glass, wrought iron, spindles and walls.

It is not as straightforward as it may first seem.  When in doubt, contact Bullseye for their installation expertise!

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