Driveway gates not only provide security and privacy but when designed well they can be the perfect way to finish off your property. The right driveway gate creates a seamless connection to the rest of your property. The wrong driveway gate looks odd and unappealing.
If you have thought of replacing your current gate or driveway gate, then consider the following factors before you decide what is right for your property.
1. Materials and Maintenance
Driveway gates can be manufactured using a range of different materials, some of these include:
All these materials require maintenance, and the level of that maintenance depends on your home's location. As ferrous metals, both steel and wrought iron will have problems with rust, especially if you live near the coast, where the air is salt-laden. This means you'll likely need to regularly repaint to protect against rust.
You could also ask your gate supplier to use stainless steel to create your gate if a metal is your preferred choice since it is highly resistant to rust.
Timber is probably the hardest material to maintain since it can rot, suffer pest damage, and is less durable than the aforementioned metals. But if you live in an area with few pests and mild weather, an attractive timber gate will have less need for regular maintenance.
The look and function you want to achieve with your new driveway gate will determine what material you use, as they all suit different purposes and aesthetics. For instance:
If you are looking for privacy or to block out nosy neighbor’s noise, a timber gate could be a suitable choice.
If you want to achieve a more decorative look, a wrought iron gate is a popular choice, with the option to customize the designs or use an existing traditional design.
However, if you are looking for a material that is both functional and stylish, aluminum is a good option. Aluminum gates come in a wide range of traditional and modern designs and can be powder-coated in a color that best matches the facade of your home. What’s more, aluminium can withstand the elements and secure your property for years to come.
2. Electronic or Manual
Electronic gates offer a wide variety of advantages that manual gates cannot. For instance, if your driveway is long and you have regular visitors, you might not want to walk to your driveway gate every time to open it up. Instead, with an electronic gate, you can open your driveway gate with remote control. This is useful for parties, bad weather, and emergencies.
But electronic gates are more expensive. If your budget is limited, go for manual gates. That way, you'll be able to spend more of your budget on the gate's look and design, rather than its functionality.
3. Swinging or Sliding Gates?
Once you have decided on the material, you need to choose whether your gate is going to swing or slide. Swinging driveway gates are good on narrow blocks as they allow enough room for a car to drive through while sliding driveway gates require ample room for the gate to slide when opening. Therefore, it depends on the space you have available on your property as to which choice you can make. This is mainly a space issue. Check the space around your gate, and decide what would work best with the space available. A sliding gate is perfect if space is at a premium internally and externally.
4. Privacy and Security
Steel and timber gates come in more solid varieties, with fewer bells and whistles than a typical wrought iron gate. If privacy and security are something you value, then choose tall gates with fewer openings. But if the style is more important to you, then a custom wrought iron gate might be suitable.
5. Color and Style
Your driveway gate should blend in seamlessly with your home's exterior. Consider the style of your house, for instance. A Craftsman-style home goes well with picket fences and gates, whereas more modern-looking homes suit steel or timber gates. Color is also an important consideration especially if your driveway gate is visible to passersby.
This is one of the most important factors when you choose a gate for your driveway. If you have children and pets, for instance, a solid driveway gate will offer more safety from passing animals and people that might reach through than a gate with openings will. And consider accessibility during emergencies. A remote-controlled gate will allow emergency vehicles quick access to your property.
Together with residential fencing, driveway gates are the cornerstone of a home’s physical security. In fact, they are the first line of protection against break-ins on your residential property.
As you can see from the above gate selection guide, there are lots of factors to consider before selecting the right type of driveway gate for your home. There is no single best solution for all homeowners. The right type of driveway gate depends on the amount of space available on your property, your personal preferences, and your budget.
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