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How to Choose a Driveway Gate

11/12/2013 Back To Blog

If you are in the market for a new gate installation, you have a lot of work ahead of you. There are a number of things to consider before the project even starts. The first thing is to make sure that you have the budget to handle this type of job. Installing one of these can be very costly. Do the research to make the best selection to meet you and your family’s needs. Here are some tips for choosing the right one.


You should consider the type of vehicle that you have as well as keeping in mind if you ever have to have an emergency vehicle enter the property. There needs to be enough space to fit all of these vehicles through. Enough space should be left on both sides of the entrance so that any vehicle can enter the property without inconvenience.


When you or a visitor comes to the entrance point, you have to consider that there will be sometime between the time they stop and the time that the gate doors open. Will there be enough room between them and the road for the vehicle to wait? If not, you may be taking on a bigger project than you thought.

Material and Structure

Some people will prefer wrought iron gates while others may want something like wood or aluminum. Think about where you live and the climate. Also, you will probably take into account an element of style. You want your driveway entrance to look good.

Type of Opener

You will have to consider your gate opener installation. Will you have a swing gate operator or will your door be a sliding one? Swinging models are popular but require a lot of space. Sliding ones will fit just about anywhere and seem to be safer. Both models come with safety features. You will also have to think about having a gate intercom system no matter what type you decide to use.

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