Combining different materials into one gate is an approach gaining in popularity. It allows clients to keep the best attributes of the certain materials while dropping the worst. For example, stainless steel welded wire in the bottom half of a gate and glass in the upper half allows good airflow and interaction with the dog and does not look like a prison cell. Customers desiring more glass can make the ratio 1/4 – 3/4 in order to maximize the clean look of the glass but still allow air flow (which reduces both upfront and ongoing HVAC cost) and the ability to interact with the dog. Materials can also be reversed to have glass on the bottom and wire on top - whatever the customer desires.
Privacy can also be accomplished by placing isolation in either the bottom of the swing gate and/or the bottom of the fixed stall front. This isolation can be any of the materials used for side isolation panels, including stainless steel, frosted glass, FRP, high-density polyethylene and Wilsonart. It can be effective to put the isolation in only the bottom 18” of a gate and stall front, or leave the gate without isolation and employ it in the stall front instead to satisfy dogs' natural curiosity.