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How Wide Should Your Driveway Gate Be?

A driveway gate protects your family and improves your home’s value. There are different types of gates, and you should know which among them is right for your home. However, it is important to consider some other important factors before selecting a gate, including finding the proper size.

Look at Your Driveway Size

The common driveway gate sizes are 10, 12, 14, and 16 feet. Driveway usually measures between 9 and 24 feet wide, with most towards the smaller end of that scale.

The driveway gate should be a little wider than your driveway entrance. Use a tape measure, and measure your driveway. Use a smaller single gate for a straight driveway. Use a wider double gate if you have curves on your driveway.

Consider the Vehicle

Aside from the size of your gate, consider the type of vehicle that passes through your driveway. Large vehicles need wider spaces to turn when they pass through the gate opening. However, wider gates are not ideal for some homes. The larger the gate, the more expensive the materials.

Double vs single gates

Gate width is usually simple enough to figure out, but sometimes people get stuck thinking about whether they should go with a single or double gate.

Here’s a simple way to think about it:

Imagine a driveway that requires a twelve-foot gate. You could either choose a one-piece gate that swings outward to open or a gate with two six feet long leaves that part to allow your car to enter. In addition to your aesthetic preference, each setup has its pros and cons. A single gate requires only one automatic gate opener and requires half the hardware. This could save you money in the long run due to reduced mechanical upkeep costs. However, it also requires a full twelve feet of clearance to swing all the way open – as opposed to six feet for the double-leaf configuration – and calls for a heavier, more expensive post to bear its weight. If your driveway has a steep slope you’ll need to install a gate that swings away from the property and toward oncoming traffic to ensure enough ground clearance (typically around 4”). Some people find the double gate option more elegant and a better fit for their needs, but it’s largely a matter of your personal preference and the amount of clearance you have at the entrance of your driveway.

If your driveway gate is for a commercial property with a narrow clearance and frequent use, you may want to consider a third option: the sliding gate. Sliding gates are less likely to cause vehicle damage, typically take up less space, and are compatible with heavier gate materials such as wrought iron and steel for extra security. Double sliding gates also allow for the fastest entry and exit, however, maintenance can sometimes be more costly given there are more moving parts to maintain.

Learn more about fence and gate installation services by talking to the experts at Buckhead Fence Company. Let’s talk about your project, and get a free quote by calling us at (470) 431-0079

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