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    A guide to driveway gates

    Pick the perfect gate for your home

    Alex | Oneflare

    There are many reasons why a homeowner might want to consider investing in a driveway gate – added resale value, increased security, and a detailed finish that many other properties simply do not have. As with any addition to a home, you will have many options when purchasing a driveway gate.     

    Which types should you consider?

    Select from the various styles available for your needs. For example, you may want one that slides rather than swings. Sliding versions are a good option when there is plenty of room for these to move. They are also a good option on a sloped area. Swing gates are more common and work in virtually any situation. If you have only a limited amount of room, this is a good option. 

    Wooden driveway gate / Source: Vinny The All Rounder

    Driveway gate materials

    Driveway gates are available in many different varieties to satisfy your taste and needs. Whether you want sleek metal or rustic wood, you’re sure to find something to perfectly match your style. 

    • Wood – Wooden gates come in many different styles, including stressed, rustic, or ornate. They are strong and sturdy and can fit in well with many house styles. They do need to be properly treated for longevity.
    • Aluminium – Aluminum is something to consider if you’re looking for something strong but also lightweight. There are many different sizes and types, including arched, tubular, and slide. They’re also affordable.
    • Wrought iron – Wrought iron gates are very eye-catching due to intricate designs and stunning patterns. The design possibilities are endless with these gates, and they add instant elegance to any home. 
    • Steel – Steel gates can range in design from simple to ornate. They are durable, need little maintenance, and will live a long life.

    The use of iron gates

    There is something about the use of iron gates that really helps add to the home’s overall appeal. They are sophisticated and timeless in their design. Most of the time, these gates will last for many years, sometimes even a lifetime. Maintaining them is important, though. Iron is more expensive than other materials, but it is often well worth the investment since you may not need to replace it. Other gates will need to be replaced within a few years.

    The overall look of an iron gate is an important part of the selection process. You will want to choose one that works well in your home, based on the features present in your home and on the gate. It is possible to choose something that is simple and minimalistic. You may want something more ornate, though, with intricate designs on it, including abstract designs, leaves, scrollwork, and other embellishments. Custom made gates are also an option. This will cost more, but it can give you the ability to choose every detail, including the size, style, and height.

    For driveways, the use of an iron gate makes sense. You can use them for any area that you would like to add beauty or a layer of security. Many will have locks, opening systems that are automated, and even remote controls. Some have security cameras and intercoms built-in, too.

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    Driveway gate upgrades

    There are many useful upgrades you might want to consider when purchasing a gate. Here are a few options that will make your life easier and/or more secure:

    • Much like a garage door opener, a gate can be automated so you can open and close it from the inside of your car with a remote control. This feature comes in handy during inclement weather!    
    • A camera and/or an intercom system can be installed for added security. This allows you to see who is at the gate before opening it up. 
    • To further secure your gate, consider adding a lock. This adds an extra layer of security to your gate and home. Locks come in many forms, such as keyed locks, latches, padlocks, or electronic locks that can be manipulated from your home.   

    Motorised gates

    The security of your home is very important, and motorised gates are a great way of keeping it safe. Since this type of gate is remote controlled, it is sometimes called an automated gate. Besides high protection, it also adds an element of style to the home. This gate is easily fitted onto almost any type of fence. If you have small children in your family who love running out of the house and onto the road, motorised gates can keep you worry-free about their safety.

    There are two types of motorised gates. In the slider variety, the gate slides on a steel runner. The swing type of gate has a pair of mechanical arms. Both work equally well to protect your home, so you may install either type as per your convenience and the way the gate opens onto the road. A sliding gate is more practical if the access lies on an elevation, while a swing gate is ideal for narrow entrances.

    A motorised iron gate / Source: Nicee

    How to choose driveway gates

    If choosing a driveway gate seems daunting, try matching it to your fence! You’ll create a consistent look this way.  And be sure to get some professional help. You don’t want to be stuck with a sagging gate because you didn’t account for a strong enough gate for an extra-wide driveway. They will also be able to help you decide if you need a driveway gate that swings open or slides. The size and slope of your entryway will also have an effect on which option is better.

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