A custom driveway gate extends your home security to your property boundaries and in a time when people are increasingly worried about their security, adding a gate at driveway entrances has become a popular improvement. Having a secure fence and locked gate can be a great comfort, particularly if the house lies in a heavily trafficked neighborhood. In addition to its security benefits, adding a gate also contains animals, marks property lines and can make an aesthetic improvement to the home.
So you’re wondering what is the best choice in choosing a driveway gate…Aluminum or Wrought Iron? They both look the same but have very different benefits…one major advantage of an aluminum driveway gate is that it’s lighter and therefore puts less stress on gate openers, possibly saving you costly repairs down the road. Another great advantage is that aluminum driveway gates do not rust. They are generally much more expensive, but the durability and long term benefits may out weight the initial cost.
If choosing a wrought iron gate, be confident in knowing that they are known for their strength & endurance which make them less likely to bend or break. With today’s advanced powder coating options, wrought iron gates can become just as rust resistant as aluminum. Either option can be matched with existing fences, pedestrian gates, and access control systems.
There are few things more frustrating than finishing a long commute, only to have to get out of the car, open a gate, drive through it, get out of the car again, close the gate and finally get back in the car and drive home. Therefore, another trendy feature for homeowners is installing a automatic gate opener to your new or existing driveway gate. Electric gate operators provide an indispensable convenience, allowing a gate to be opened without ever leaving the car and eliminating almost all of those cumbersome steps.
When purchasing a new automatic gate operator there are several options to consider. The most obvious choice lies in selecting between an operator that opens the gate by sliding it to the side or swinging it outwards. Swing gates are generally preferred as they are aesthetically pleasing. However, they require a certain opening radius dependent on the length of the gate, causing them to be unfeasible where space or sloping hills restrict the motion. Sliding gates eliminate this issue as they retract rather than swing out, usually overlapping another part of the fence when open. If you’re trying to power a gate that is currently far away from a power source, a solar powered system is a great option that will prevent you from going through the hassle of running power to your gate. Most standard-sized gates that are only opened a few times each day are good candidates for solar automation.
The second thing to consider is how much power is needed to reliably open and close your gate? That answer is dependent upon the size of your gate, how it opens, and how many times it needs to open each day.
Finally, how will your gate be accessed, and by how many users? Electric gate openers must be operated by a controller which sends a signal to the opening mechanism, causing it to activate. There are several options when it comes to purchasing a controller, one can choose between wireless and wired keypads, keypads with intercoms, key card operated controllers, and controllers operated by remotes or telephones. Each of these features affects the convenience and price of the gate system and the final decision will likely be reliant on the homeowner’s budget and personal preference. The addition of an electric gate opener can make a gate’s usefulness transparent and infinitely more convenient. The costs of installation are relatively low compared with the ease of use and peace of mind that they can provide. After considering these questions, you can then begin to narrow down the options and choose the best driveway gate & opener that will meet your specific needs.