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Whether you’re looking to improve the security of your property or enhance privacy from prying eyes looking into your garden, a side-gate makes for a worthwhile investment. But have you considered which way it should open? It’s a question many homeowners often stumble across when fitting a new side gate.

Strictly speaking, there are no rules to follow, meaning you can technically choose whichever way suits you best. Having said that, there are some things to consider that may swing you more to one side than the other (no pun intended).



A side gate that opens into your property, is considered the most favourable. When you think about it, opening inwards into your private property makes more sense as it is the direction in which visitors enter your property and is deemed more welcoming. For the door to open outwards, the hinge mechanism would be located on the front, which could pose a higher security risk.



Depending on the space available, it’s important to keep in mind that the area covered by the gate opening must remain empty and there is sufficient space between the gate and any walls, fences, vehicles or other obstructions in order for them to open fully. Positioning of these could be the answer to which way is best and prevent any damage to your property.


Weather Conscious

If you live in an area that is susceptible to high winds, you may want to take into consideration which direction the wind tends to blow. Fixing your gate so it opens against the wind might make it difficult to open, and slam shut if left open causing further damage to the gate and hinges. With that being said, this issue doesn’t tend to matter so much if your gate is constructed from wrought iron as they are crafted to allow air to pass through, making it easier to open and close no matter the weather conditions.


Are there any rules or regulations in the UK to which way a side gate should open?

No, unless your side gate opens straight out onto a public pavement. Section 153 of the Highways Act of 1980, states if you wish to install an outward opening door onto a public pathway, you will need to get in touch with your local authority before doing so. This is to ensure the safety of pedestrians and avoid the risk of accidents or injuries caused by the gate when opening outwards. Failure to comply could result in a hefty fine, and removal of the gate entirely.


Are you looking for a new metal side gate for your property?

Either way, a side gate can be opened in or out, depending on where they are positioned. Inward opening gates are the most common and preferred by most homeowners, however there are a few scenarios where an outward opening gate may better suit your space or property type.

Here at Wrought Iron Gates Direct, we are home to hundreds of side gates, driveway gates, garden gates, metal railings, fencing and more - all at competitive prices. No matter your style preference, we have an extensive range of traditional and contemporary designs that won’t break the bank. Our low-cost delivery service will ensure your new gate reaches you in tip-top condition, regardless of where you are in the UK.

What’s more, our made-to-measure service guarantees a perfect fit every time for all wrought iron side gates and our entire product range. Should you need any help with ordering, give us a call on 0844 804 5577 or send us a message at and a member of our team will be happy to advise you.



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