Because of building our pool, we had install a gate that opened away from the pool and had a spring to close itself. We opted for a vinyl gate for its longevity and maintenance-free aspects. We asked our PB to get us one that has a lockable door knob like we had on the old gate. Just a basic door knob with a key that you use to lock/unlock from the outside, and a turn-style device that you lock/unlock with your hands from the inside (so you only need the key when you are entering the backyard from the outside -- if you're in the backyard by way of going through the house, you don't need a key to open the gate). Our PB said the sub only has a key style latching device, which sounded like it would work when we spoke over the phone.
Today this expensive gate was installed and we are pretty unhappy with the way the locking mechanism works. The device is on the outside of the gate so anyone walking up to our gate with a screwdriver could remove it and gain access to our home. Further, you need a key to lock/unlock it from both the inside and the outside, which is very inconvenient. We don't bring our keys with us when we enter the backyard from the house. My irritation with this is amplified because it cost us $955 for just this gate. That price makes me feel we should have gotten a gate with a better locking system. Granted we wanted a high quality vinyl gate, not the cheap kind we have elsewhere in the yard from Home Depot which is weak and too lightweight. The gate itself is nice, and they poured concrete down each of the posts so I'm confident knowing it will be strong. But the security aspect and the annoying key requirement from the inside really bugs me.
Does anyone have a similar gate that has a better locking mechanism? FYI, we can't install a door knob because the gap between the gate and the stationary panel part is too wide (there's a vertical piece behind it that makes it so you can't see through the gap but obviously it won't make installing a trusty old door knob feasible).