An attractive driveway gate can add architectural
interest and distinction to your property.
It can also help provide security and privacy.
Gates can be incorporated into existing fences,
stone or brick walls, and hedges. You can
plan to include a beautiful gate if you are
enclosing all or part of your yard. They
can be custom built, but less expensive gates
can be purchased from specialty manufactures
found at online sites.
The following should be considered
a driveway gate:
- Think about what style of gate you want.
Driveway gates are manufactured in a wide
range of designs, from very rustic to the
most formal. A gate will be more successful
if you consider the architecture of your
house and select a style that complements
- Gates will be exposed to the weather for
many years, so choose one made
from a material
that can stand up to it. Traditionally
have been made from woods such
as cedar or
pressure treated lumber or
metals such as
cast or wrought iron. Gates
made from man
made materials such as composites
can require less maintenance.
gates can be powder coat painted
- Decide whether you want people to be able
to see through your gate. A
gate with see-through
openings will keep people and
but allow them to view your
house and yard.
If you want more security and
should choose a solid gate.
- Driveway gates are usually manufactured to
be anywhere from 12 to 18 feet wide, depending
on the width of your driveway. Decide whether
you want a single swing gate or a pair of
panels that meet in the middle of the driveway.
Pairs are often better for wider driveways.
Sliding gates are also available.
- Consider if you are willing to manually open
the gates every time you enter and exit the
driveway. Automatic gate openers are a real convenience if you frequently
drive your car. They also provide additional
security to both you and your property.