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Steel Gates - FAQ

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Are you considering enhancing your equine property with sturdy and reliable steel gates? Steel fence gates offer a plethora of benefits, from durability to long-term cost savings. However, as with any product, you likely have questions about the ins and outs of steel gates. 


At Stock & Noble, we offer high-quality fencing solutions for property owners in Australia and New Zealand. Our products are carefully chosen for their reliability and safety, especially for equestrian use.  Marbo Equine Gates and Premium Steel Post and Rail Gates (Buckley) are two such fencing solutions in our range.  


Based on our experience and expertise in the steel gates landscape, in this blog, we’ve compiled answers to 7 frequently asked questions on steel gates, tailored specifically for equine properties. 


Q1. How to Build a Steel Gate? 

Q2. How to Paint a Steel Gate? 

Q3. What Size Posts Should You Use for Steel Gates? 

Q4. How to Install a Steel Gate Post? 

 Q5. Are Steel Gates More Expensive Than Timber Gates in Australia? 

Q6. What’s the Recommended Gap Under a Steel Gate? 

Q7. How to Add Mesh Fencing to Steel Gates? 


Equine properties have unique requirements, and choosing the right gates is essential for the safety and well-being of your horses. Whether you’re new to Steel Gates or looking for more information to make informed decisions, we’ve got you covered.  


From construction to maintenance and everything in between, our goal is to provide you with the knowledge you need to successfully incorporate steel gates into your equine properties. 


Q1. How to Build a Steel Gate? 

If you’re looking for a custom solution, building a steel gate can be expensive. However, pre-fabricated gates are often more cost-effective and meet the standard needs at an equine property. 


Here are your options to build a steel gate: 

Custom Welding

For a personalised steel gate, you can weld Cattle rail, square hollow section or tube or similar material into your desired shape and length. 


Mesh Integration

If you prefer a design like the Marbo gate, which includes mesh, incorporate 50×50 welded galvanised mesh by welding it into the gate frame. This ensures strength and security for your custom gate. 


Q2. How to Paint a Steel Gate? 

Painting a steel gate follows the same process as painting steel post and rail fencing. Here are the steps: 


Preparing: Begin by thoroughly cleaning the steel surface to remove any dirt or contaminants. 

Applying Primer: Apply a suitable steel etch primer to the clean surface to create a base for the paint. 

Adding Two Top Coats: Apply two top coats of steel paint or one depending on the manufacturer’s instructions. If you’re using 2 top coats, remember each coat needs to dry properly before applying the next. 


It’ll be worth learning the detailed steps on how to clean and paint galvanised steel gates. You’ll get to know the complete process with pro tips for a successful painting project. 

Q3. What Size Posts Should You Use for Steel Gates? 

The size of posts required for steel gates varies based on the type of gates and fencing systems you’re using. For a typical equine paddock gate like the Marbo gate, the recommended post specifications are as follows: 

Length: 3 meters 

Material: Galvanized steel 

Size: 100NB 

Wall Thickness: 4 mm 

It’s important to note that the strainer post, to which you weld the gate, is an integral part of the strainer assembly. It’s not a separate post but rather a crucial component of the entire strainer assembly.  

In essence, when constructing your gate, you’ll build an end assembly that not only supports the gate but also forms a part of the fencing system. 

This image is an example of Marbo equine gate complete with end assembly.

steel gate with end assembly


Q4. How to Install a Steel Gate Post? 

 To ensure the long-term and effective functionality of the steel gates, you’ll need to build an end assembly that allows the gate to swing properly.   

For detailed instructions on installing a steel gate post, it’s advisable to refer to specific resources on building end and corner assembly. 

However, this is only relevant for the typical equine gates and not premium gates like Buckley which are uniquely designed and engineered. If you want, you can learn more about the features and installation of Premium Steel Gates.

Q5. Are Steel Gates More Expensive Than Timber Gates in Australia? 

The cost of steel gates can vary depending on their type. For instance, Premium Steel Gates like the Buckley Gates, known for their hingeless design and inclusion of mounting posts, can be more expensive than timber gates.  

Find out what makes Buckley Gates the most expensive steel gate solution. 

However, in general, standard equine paddock gates made of steel are typically more cost-effective than timber gates, especially when considering the long-term perspective. This is primarily due to the durability and longevity of steel. As a result, options like the Mrabo gate are often more budget-friendly compared to their timber counterparts. 

It’s worth noting that in Australia, steel is the preferred material for equine gates, further emphasizing its cost-effectiveness and durability for such applications. 

Q6. What’s the Recommended Gap Under a Steel Gate? 

The appropriate gap under a steel gate can vary depending on specific factors. However, as a general guideline, for a standard equine gate, it’s advisable to aim for a 300 mm clearance. This recommendation aligns with the Buckley gate, where the goal is to match the gate’s height with the finish of the post and rail, which typically stands at 300 mm above the ground.  

The rationale behind this standard equine gate gap is to prevent gate drooping. Gate designs other than the Buckley gate system may experience sagging over time. Maintaining a modest amount of clearance ensures that the gate won’t scrape the ground, even if it sags slightly. If you’re dealing with smaller animals besides horses, you might consider lowering the gate closer to the ground for effective containment. 

Also, it’s often safer to opt for larger gaps rather than smaller ones to reduce the possibility of a horse’s leg getting caught. Keeping a larger gap is a wise choice for the well-being of your equine companions. 

Q7. How to Add Mesh Fencing to Steel Gates? 

While considering the cost-effectiveness of steel gate options, it’s often more practical to invest in a gate like the Mabo gate that comes with mesh already integrated into its design. 


This approach not only saves you time and effort but also ensures that the mesh is seamlessly incorporated into the gate, providing a reliable and efficient solution for your fencing needs. 


If you still want to add mesh, it’ll be wise to dig into a detailed guide on how to add mesh to your Steel Gates. 

Did You Find an Answer to Your Question on Steel Gates? 

You had some queries related to buying, installing or painting steel gates on your equine property. Through this blog, we’ve provided you with valuable insights and answers to your questions.  


Now you know how to address common concerns such as gate construction, painting, post size, installation, cost comparisons with timber gates, recommended gap sizes, and integrating mesh fencing.  


Choosing the right steel gate is crucial for the well-being of your horses. It’ll be worth comparing the 4 types of paddock gates and gaining clarity on which is the best for your property.  


If you’ve found answers to your questions in this blog, we consider it a success. However, if you still have any lingering inquiries or need further assistance, feel free to reach out to us. Your equine property deserves the best, and our fencing experts are here to help you realise your fencing dream, your way. 


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