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Gate Latch Types and Styles
from 360 Yardware


Other topics to check out in our Gate Latch Information series....

Gate Latch Overview  |  Securing Your Gate  |  Gate Latch Material
Categories of Gate Latches | Chart of Gate Latch Options | The Do's and Don'ts of Gate Latches

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The Various Types and Styles of Gate Latches


     Picking out gate hardware can be daunting. Not only do you need to figure out which material and style works for you, but you have to learn enough to know that certain pieces will work together and will install properly on your style of gate.

     Consider getting a gate hardware package or a gate latch set so that everything coordinates well.

     After many calls from customers who needed assistance putting together a selection of gate hardware that worked for their situation, we began building gate hardware sets and packages to help ease the decision-making. With gate latches we've created basic packages that include hinges (in the same finish) so that you have everything you need to hang your gate. Additional products like dummy hinge fronts, clavos, or security measures like a deadbolt can be added on, so that everything has the same finish and styling.

     When you take into account all of the custom and one-off gate latches out there, there really are many choices in styling. However, there are 3-4 standard styles that comprise the majority of the market.

     As we mentioned before, there are one sided and two-sided gate latches. A one-way gate latch means it is operable only on one side of the gate (usually the yard-side (inside) of the gate). Two-way gate latches allow the wooden gate to be opened from either side of the gate (the yard-side and the street-side).





Thumb Latches

     Thumb latches are two-way latches and work as follows: on the outside (street-side) of the gate is a decorative plate with a thumb depressor. When you depress the thumb, a latch-arm on the inside of the gate lifts and allows the gate to be opened. Closing the gate, the latch-arm should hit the strike, rise up and fall into the catch on its own (a gravity latch).

    Thumb latches can be installed only on in-swinging gates and are always double-sided. Some thumb latches are lockable, some are not.

     See 360 Yardware's selection of thumb latches.

Dark Bronze Thumb Latch Gate Latch, #40-300                                                                                                           Side View of a Dark Bronze Thumb Latch Gate Latch


A dark bronze thumb latch set. The portion on the left is installed on the yard-side of the gate. This latch-arm has a knob to aid in lifting the arm when you open the gate from that side. On the right you see the handle with the thumb depressor. This is installed on the street-side of the gate.

This is a side view of the handles and thumb depressor. Note the long tail, which extends through your gate and out the back. When your thumb pushes down, the tail rises, lifting the latch-arm on the inside.



This cast iron thumb latch has a small pin attached to a chain
so that you can secure the gate (by putting the pin through the arm) from the inside.


Ring Latches

     A ring latch is a two-sided gate latch, operable from both sides of the gate. On the street-side of the gate, you'll have a backplate with a ring on it. The yard-side will have a backplate also with a ring on it, but the ring will be attached to a latch-arm. Turning the ring from either side lifts the arm out of the catch so the gate can open.

    Ring latches can be either gravity-assisted or spring-loaded, depending on the manufacturer.

    Ring latches can be installed on both in-swinging and out-swinging gates. On out-swinging gates, however, the latch-arm side of the gate latch will be on the street-side of the gate. The best way to remember is that the latch-arm of the gate latch must be installed on the side that the gate opens toward.

    Some ring latches are lockable, some are not.

    See 360 Yardware's selection of ring latches.



Dark Bronze Ring Latch Gate Latch, Item# 60-100


An antique ring latch with stainless steel drop bar. These latches are self-latching, gravity-assisted.

A dark bronze ring latch. This gate latch is self-latching and spring-loaded.


Lever Latches



     Lever latches operate in the same way as a ring latch, but instead of a ring on each side, there's a lever handle.

    Lever latches can be installed on both in-swinging and out-swinging gates. On out-swinging gates, the latch-arm side will be on the street-side of the gate. The best way to remember is that the latch-arm of the gate latch must be installed on the side that the gate opens toward.

    Lever latches can be either gravity-assisted or spring-loaded, depending on the manufacturer. Some lever latches are lockable; some are not.

    See 360 Yardware's selection of lever latches.



Dark Bronze Lever Latch, Item# 60-300


A dark bronze spring-loaded lever latch. On an in-swinging gate, the plate and handle (shown on the left) will be on the front (street-side of the gate). The plate/handle/latch-arm (shown on the right) will be installed on the inside of the gate. If you have an out-swinging gate, you'd reverse that.

The Alta Latch is made of 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel. Both levers and the latching-arm are spring-loaded.





Bolt Latches

     Some bolt latches might remind you of the old days, when you tied a string to a latch, tossed it over the gate, and called it good. Now there are a few spiffier versions of the old stand-by. We offer a nice selection of architectural bolt latches.

     See 360 Yardware's selection of bolt style latches.


This bronze barrel bolt slides into its bracket. You can add a padlock through the end of the bolt on the left in order to prevent it being opened.


A dark bronze bolt latch to secure one side of your gate.


Add a piece of string and you're ready to go. We don't carry these, but every hardware store in the country does. An affordable solution for many folks.


Download our new Architectural Gate Hardware catalog, which includes
all of our gate latches (modern, contemporary, rustic, traditional and antique)
plus outdoor gate hinges, gate stops, cane bolts, and gate locks.
The catalog includes gate latches for double gates and single gate hardware packages
where we take the thought out of putting together a hardware ensemble.

We invite you to browse through our store and find something that speaks to you, that will spice
up your home and make you excited to get outdoors!

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Our Wooden Gate Latches selection offers something for everyone. If Antique Gate Closures are your style, we carry Cast Iron Hardware and Iron Gate Latches that look like historic and more traditional gate latches. Even better, there are now Aluminum Gate Latches--in the same styles as the antique gate latches--which are rust-resistant and perfect for coastal areas. We also offer a line of cast Bronze Gate Latches: durable, substantial, and that will age gracefully with no rusting over time. A few of the latches we offer are versatile in their styling, so they can be used at homes with traditional, antique, contemporary, or Spanish aesthetics.

Our goal is to help you fill your decorative gate hardware needs. To this end, we've put together gate latch sets for double wooden gates, plus single gate hardware sets including hinges, latches, and optional accessories.

We are thrilled to introduce the Moda Contemporary Gate Latch in 316 Stainless Steel. The Moda Latch is a modern lever latch in brushed stainless steel with FSC-certified sustainable tigerwood handle. The 316 Stainless Steel offers the utmost in corrosion protection. We offer a single gate package and a double gate package. For larger photographs, please check our information page: Moda.

We have created a Gate Latch Information Series to help you understand all there is to know about wooden gate latches and to help you choose the right product for your situation. Topics include: