How to Choose a Gate Lock for Your Home!

A gate lock is an essential element of any home security system. With so many gate locks to choose from, deciding which one is right for your house can be challenging. We asked our locksmith Sherman Oaks professionals for expert advice on choosing gate locks. They have added security measures that ensure safety and privacy for your home and loved ones.

Considerations when choosing gate locks

The lock must be weather resistant

A gate is typically located outside, so any lock you choose must be weatherproof. It is generally not recommended to install electronic door locks on external gates, as they are only weather-resistant on one side. The side of the lock that is found inside the gate is not. Using this type of lock on a gate can cause the lock to break down quickly.

The gate’s configuration

Most gate locks require the swing-side of the gate to be near the gate’s stationary post. Any locking mechanism must pass through the gap between the gate and the stationary post for the gate to be secure. Ideally, the gap should be less than one inch wide. Many old gates have an excessively large gap, which will necessitate considerable modifications. When installing a gate box on a gate made of steel square tubing, a residential locksmith can cover the gap by welding a cover in the gate box.

Is a gate box needed?

A gate box is a box attached to the gate by welding or other means. The box is fitted particularly for the type of lock you are installing. Some gate locks—like keyed latch, hasp, or a chain with padlock—do not require a gate box. If you want to install door hardware—such as a deadbolt, doorknob, or lever, or a commercial-grade keyless gate lock—a gate box is necessary. A mobile locksmith can install the gate box and lock for you.

Do you want a gate closer?

Want your gate to close and lock automatically? If so, you need a gate closer—either a kant-slam gate closer or a springs/pneumatic gate closer. The cost of a gate closer varies depending on which you wish to buy. This installation can also be done with the help of your local locksmith Los Angeles.

Your different gate locking options


Choose a high-security padlock resistant to bolt cutters, hacksawing, hammering, and prying. If you do not want to deal with keys, go for a padlock with a keyless dial combination. These locks can be unlocked by rotating a dial with numbers on them.

Keyed Latches

Keyed latches comprise a standard sliding latch, a keyhole, and a back-and-forth sliding bolt that locks into place when the gate is closed and unlocks with the appropriate key.

Keyed Gate Locks

Keyed gate locks are a gate latch, gate lockbox, gate lock, gate handle, and gate stop all rolled into one. They are designed to be mounted on standard gate designs, as well as swing and slide gates.

Mechanical Keyless Gate Locks

You only need to punch in your code with mechanical keyless locks. Although mechanical gate locks only accept one code, this is sufficient in most cases.

Electronic Keyless Gate Locks

Smart locks utilize technologies such as Bluetooth, fingerprint recognition, an OLED display, and an anti-peep touchscreen. Nonetheless, bear two things in mind—the additional cost and the need for a weather-resistant model.

Trust in Sherman Oaks Lock & Safe for all your lock and key service needs. Visit our lock and safe store in Sherman Oaks for the types of gate lock options for your gate. We have a wide selection of locks in-store to see, and our technicians are available in-store for consultation on lock security. We offer free estimates, so call us today for more information.

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