Types of Residential Driveway Gates

Posted August 14, 2020 to Before You Buy: Tips, Advice, Checklists.

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Privacy is a huge concern for many homeowners. Homeowners with large and long driveways tend to install driveway gates in order to optimize their privacy. Gates can add value to a home and are very aesthetically pleasing. Here’s a step-by-step guide, highlighting the differences between the types of driveway gates.

Residential driveway gate guide:

  • Gate movement: There are two main types of gates to choose from: sliding or swinging. Sliding gates are great for areas with limited flat space and steep driveways. Swinging gates are ideal in areas with flat land.
  • Material: Gates can be made of either wood or aluminum. Wooden ones give the property a rustic feel, they can be solid, providing the ideal privacy for a homeowner. They are typically found on farms and more hidden properties. Aluminum driveway gates are the most common. They are open but extremely durable and they will last for years, whereas wood gates will weather quicker.
  • Design elements: One can add design elements to increase the look of the gate. Piers and columns can be made of stone or brick and come in many different designs. Posts are another design option, but they are more basic and ideal for driveways that have a visible house behind it because they won’t take away from the beauty of the house.
  • Opening mechanism: There are many ways to open a gate. You can choose to use a remote, keypad, or phone. Remote access limits visitors since they would also need the remote, but are great for small families. Keypads are ideal for houses that have many family members or frequent guests. Also, sensors are installed on all gates so that exiting is effortless.

If you’re ready to increase the privacy, safety, or look of your property, make sure to use our guide on how to choose the ideal driveway gate. Once a decision is made, give us a call and we’ll make it happen! View additional pictures of our previously installed driveway gates here.

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