By Veronika Mølbæk |June 14, 2022 | Gate tips

5 ways to make your garden gate more secure

Although the gate lock is important, there’s more to gate security than ensuring you have the right lock. There are several gate hardware and accessories that can help you kick your security up a notch. Read on as we go through our top five tips to making your garden gate more secure.   Tip […]

By Veronika Mølbæk |May 25, 2022 | Closers

Soft closing gate: How to make your gate self-close

There are many reasons why you might want to have an automatic soft closing gate. You might want to make sure your gate is always closed for security reasons, ensure the safety of your children, or prevent it from swinging around in the wind. Introducing a soft close on your gate can also make […]

By Ian Hetherington |May 24, 2022 | Hinges

All the gate HINGES you can handle

Gate hinges are the most standard (and important) product on a swing gate – and can also be one of the most complicated.  Hooks and eyes, round clamp gate hinges, bullet hinges, flag hinges, butt hinges, C hinges, pivots… you name it, there are endless options. So what is the correct gate hinge to […]

By Ian Hetherington |May 23, 2022 | Locks

How to secure a wooden garden gate

Here at Signet Locks we are experts in gate locks and offer several options for metal gates. But metal can’t always steel the show! So, let’s have a look at how you can secure a wooden garden gate with our range of surface-fixed locks. Your garden is only as secure as your gate, so […]

By Veronika Mølbæk |May 12, 2022 | Closers

How to ensure safe gates for children

Think it’s child’s play installing a safe gate in a playground? Think again! You are installing a gate at a school, playground, or other public place frequently used by children and it all seems fairly straightforward. After all, it’s just another gate, right? Well stop! Have you considered the risks of finger traps, trip […]

By Veronika Mølbæk |April 26, 2022 | Locks

Garden gate lock: Why you should use a gate lock with code

Why you should use a garden gate lock Putting up fencing around your property is a popular way to increase kerb appeal. But it’s rarely just for looks. With security being one of the number one reasons to install a gate and fencing; your new wooden garden gate needs to be secured too. There […]

By Veronika Mølbæk |April 05, 2022 | FAQs

Gate keeps: How big can the gap between my gate and gate post be?

The gap between your gate and the gate post is important for a number of reasons. The most obvious one is security. If the gap is too big, an outsider could be able to get their arm or tools through the gate and open it from the outside. You therefore don’t want this gap […]

By Veronika Mølbæk |March 23, 2022 | Other gate hardware

What is a gate keep and why do I need one?

What are gate keeps/strike plates? Our lock kits will usually consist of the locking mechanism and a receiving part which goes on the post. This receiving part is either a strike plate or a gate keep.   A strike plate is how we describe a metal plate installed on the post, designed to guide […]

By Ian Hetherington |March 21, 2022 | Hinges

The History of Hinges

Have you ever wondered about the history of hinges or where and when a hinge first appeared? We certainly have. Although there is no date for the invention of the hinge, the earliest pivot hinge discovered dates as far back as 1600 B.C. Some say a hinge’s “importance to everyday life is right up […]

By Ian Hetherington |March 10, 2022 | Gate tips

How to stop a gate from slamming

Are you tired of your gate slamming closed behind you? Perhaps you’re tired of hearing what can only be described as a prison gate closing shut, every time you enter or leave your property. Installing the right gate hardware will prevent the annoying noise and vibration you’re experiencing when your gate slams.   How […]