Things to Consider When Buying Driveway Gates11/17/2013 Back To Blog
If you are thinking of a new gate installation, there are some things to consider before you make your purchase. It is a major projection for a homeowner and can be somewhat expensive. Take the time to do some research before you make the final decision. Here are a few things you should think about if you are planning on buying.
For your residential gate installation, you will have to decide on the type of material it is made from. More expensive types are wrought iron gates, steel gates, and even ones made from copper. These versions are very elegant and luxurious looking and add a certain amount of class or style to your property. You can also choose from less expensive models made from aluminum and wood. If you have existing fencing, you may want to match it.
When it comes to driveway security gates, there are really only three types available. You can choose from a swinging, sliding, or the less common bi-parting versions. If you have the space required, a swinging model will work. Sliding ones are best on steeper driveways and in areas where you get a lot of snow. The bi-parting gate is used when space is lacking and is much more expensive.
You will need a motor to open and close the doors of your gate. Depending on which type and which material it is made from, you will carefully select your motor. The wrought iron style is much heavier and, therefore, needs a motor with more horsepower than one that will be opening a wooden door.
Driveway gates can be dangerous since they can open or close on someone or something. A heavy door can injure someone or damage a vehicle. With that in mind, you must consider safety. If you choose the sliding models, make sure that a sliding gate safety sensor is installed. When someone or something passes through the it while it is closing, the sensor will automatically reverse the process. This offers great protection to you, your loved ones, and your property.