You may add a custom color to your order at checkout. We recommend Valspar paints at Lowes. We do not support gel-based stains. There is a surcharge for the pre-mixed paint or stain. The paint or stain must be available within 20 miles of Greensboro MD, and available in quart size.
We can match the stained color of your existing wood, with the exception of some very pale hues. Examples:
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To proceed, send at least one sample of wood to the address on our Contact Page, with a check for $19.99 made to HEBELL LLC. No samples greater than 9x5x1 inches, please. We prefer samples at least 3 inches long on the longest side. We will mail back to you several pieces of wood, tint matched to your sample. Please note we can match color, but our wood may have different grain patterns than your wood.
If you proceed to order a gate, we will mail back your original sample(s) within the gate box, and credit you $10. If decide NOT to order a gate, your samples will be mailed back to you at our expense. Your net cost for tint matching is $9.99 if you buy a gate!
Deck Gates:. Deck gates must hinge to a 4x4 post. You must be about to mount the base of a strap hinge to the post. You can NOT use butt hinges (two plates that touch when the gate is closed). Strap hinges prevent gate sag, and distribute the load across the handrail.
Doorframes. Wood door frames are great, as long as there is no door present. The frame must have 1 1/2" of flat space available where the gate will hang.
Wall Mount. You can also attach wood planks (we provide) to your drywall or paneling, and hinge to the plank (and latch to the one on the other side). But, there MUST be a stud behind the drywall, to which the wall plank(s) are anchored.
Posts. You can install gates between posts (to which you can hinge). So, there must be flat areas on the posts for hinges, and those hinges have to line up vertically.
Requirements. Gates must be mounted at a right angle to the wall or doorframe or post. They can not hang 'on a diagonal'. You can NOT hinge directly to drywall. Gates are too heavy for compression mount. You can not 'turn a corner' with a two panel gates. Two panel gates must hang in a straight line.
Our latches are intended to defeat little hands but are not rated as child proof. They use a thumb clasp for locking. You can augment with a doorstop, to prevent a gate opening over stairs. You can also add a surface bolt or hasp for extra safety. View our latch video.
Products ship UPS GROUND. Stained gates/kits ship within 14 days after payment. Unfinished gates and kits ship within 10 days. If you revise your design within 36 hours after ordering (which any customer can do), your delivery time may extend a day. Plans are downloaded by you after payment. We do not ship AIR. We can not ship to PO Boxes. In most cases, a signature will be required for delivery addresses NOT matching the billing address, or if we are shipping to an area with extreme weather (so you're there to bring it inside).