Do you think your gate is uncomfortable when you walk out? Or do you want to install a type of opening for your exterior? Installing a wicket gate is the only solution if either of these situations applies to you. It is a gate with a reduced and simplified shape intended for pedestrian passage. There are several models to choose from, so you are spoilt for choice. To help you choose your gate model, discover in this article the different criteria on which you can base your choice.

1. A gate manufactured and installed by a specialist


For the design, manufacture, and installation of your gate, it is strongly recommended to contact a specialist in exterior joinery. Thanks to the experience and know-how of its team, it is the best place to meet your expectations.

2. A gate that fits your budget

The budget is a decisive criterion for any purchase. If you have a large budget, you can opt for a top-of-the-range model made of a material that is expensive to buy, such as an aluminum gate. If not, you are forced to choose a simple model that fits your budget.

3. A gate that complies with existing rules and standards

It is essential to respect the rules and standards related to the installation of exterior openings. These rules vary from one municipality to another, as some require prior declarations and others do not. Therefore, it is wise to inquire about the Local Urbanism Plan (PLU) at the urbanism department of your city hall.

In addition, the PLU can order a specific model of the gate for all inhabitants, for example, through similar shapes or a unified color. As for the standards, the gate must have a height that varies between 1 and 2 m. Through hinges, it must be fixed on two pillars based on a solid foundation (concrete). Depending on your needs, it can be equipped with a handle, a lock, and a strike plate.

4. A gate with a functional opening system

All wicket gates are hinged in nature. Their opening system can work in two ways. On the one hand, it can be opened manually. Through a handle on the left or right side of the gate, the gate opens either inwards or outwards. However, a reversible opening is also possible. It can also be motorized. The gate can be opened remotely thanks to a command associated with a home automation system or an intercom.

5. A gate made of a material compatible with your conviction

The gate can be made of different materials. But choose the one that seems to be the most advantageous to you.

    • The aluminum gate has good resistance to corrosion and longevity. Fully recyclable, it is very environmentally friendly, easy to maintain, and is available in many colors.
    • The PVC gate is also resistant to corrosion, lightweight, easy to maintain, and affordable.
    • The wood gate gives a rustic style. It is very affordable and durable, as long as it is well maintained.
    • The steel or iron gate is very strong. It offers many decorative possibilities.

6. A gate with a personalized shape


The customization of your gate is done by adopting an original shape that depends on several parameters, namely: the desired aesthetic rendering, the degree of privacy to be protected, the level of security sought, and the ways of harmonizing the gate with the elements that surround it. To customize your gate, consider the following shapes:

The gate frame can have a straight cut, a slanted cut (to the right or left), a curved cut, or a curved cut or a gendarme hat cut. There are 3 types of wicket gate filling.

    • The full wicket gate contains no empty space. It protects you from the prying eyes of passers-by and offers optimal security.
    • The semi-full gate is composed of a full part and a perforated part. It offers moderate security and facilitates the passage of natural light into your property.
    • The openwork gate is composed of various geometric shapes (for example, the lattice or wire mesh gate) and does not have a solid part. It is decorative, but it obstructs the interior and exterior view, which can affect your privacy.

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