There is a wide range of driveway gates available for both residential and commercial properties.
In this article, we’re taking a closer look at the three most popular types of driveway gates so you can make an informed decision regarding which type of gate is right for you.
Types Of Driveway Gates
Before we get into the details, it should be noted that driveway gates can be highly customized to fit your style and need based on the type of driveway materials, opener, and power source. When you’re first considering the idea of installing a driveway gate, it’s best to explore all of your options.
There are several types of driveway gates, driveway gate openers, and materials to consider.
To get started, we’re going to take a look at three of the most popular types of driveway gates as well as the more common materials, openers, and other accessories.
Here are the 3 most popular types of driveway gates:
1. Swinging Gate
Of all the driveway gates, this is the most common style you’ll see. As the name suggests, the gate swings out in order to allow your car in or off the driveway. Most swinging gates will be designed to swing in, away from traffic. This changes if you have a steeply sloping driveway, as the gate will be hung to swing into the road in order to allow your car out.
These are a very practical option for most homeowners. As these gates are manual and don’t have a lot of moving parts, they’re simple to take care of and maintain. These gates come in several different materials too, including wood and wrought iron. There are so many styles, you’re bound to see one that suits your tastes and your home.
2. Double Swing Gates
These gates are a variation on the regular swing gate. Instead of opening at the end and swinging out, they’ll open up in the middle. This is a good option if you have a wider driveway opening, or if you don’t have enough room for a single gate to swing out all the way. They also look great, so you’ll want to consider your curb appeal with these gates.
3. Sliding Gates
The other main option you have is the sliding gate. As the name implies, the gate will slide across when opened, rather than swinging out. They don’t require a lot of room to open as a swinging gate does, so if you have a small driveway this will be perfect for you. All you need is space along your fence line to allow the gate to slide across.
Another benefit of sliding gates is that you’ll be able to very easily automate them. Automation brings a lot of benefits, and it’s very easy to set up. When you talk to your gate installers, ask them about automation as it may be right for you.
If you know which style gate you want, you’ll next need to think about the material.
The most common materials are steel, wood, aluminum, and iron. Steel is a popular choice, as it’s such as a resilient metal, as is iron. You can use aluminum if you want a lighter gate, but be aware that it will rust if it’s not properly taken care of. Wooden gates are also a good choice, as they’re aesthetically pleasing.
Wood does need more care though, as without it it will crack and warp. They’re also heavier, so you’ll need to factor that in when making your decision.
Regardless of the driveway gate material, you will need to keep a closer eye on the various parts to ensure your driveway gate functions properly for years to come. If you don’t, you may experience problems in the future that require driveway gate repair.
Automating Your Gate
You’ll also need to think about automating your gate. There are lots of advantages to doing this. You’ll never need to get out of your car again to open it, as you can do it with a remote in your car. There’s also the fact that it keeps your home much more secure than with a manual gate.
If you’re thinking of automating your gate, you’ll have two options for powering it. Firstly, you’ll be able to hook it up to your mains power. This is the most common way of doing this, and it means you won’t need to worry about the power as it will all be hooked up. The downside is you may need to dig up some of your driveways to power the gate, and if there’s ever a power outage your gate automation will go out too.
The other option that’s becoming very popular is solar powered automation. These systems are built with a solar panel that can be mounted anywhere near your gate that gets good light, and this will collect power that will open your gate. That means it’ll work even if it’s dark out. These won’t require any damage to your driveway and they’re eco-friendly. They require a little more upkeep though.
Accessories For Your Gate
Once the gate is installed, you have your choice of accessories for it. There are all kinds of things that will help secure it, make it easier to open, and more.
When it comes to security, you have all kinds of options. For example, you can install an intercom system at the gate for visitors. This means no more unwanted visitors on your doorstep, and you can communicate with them before you decide if you want to let them in. Some systems have cameras too, so you can see who’s there.
You can also install a keypad if you have an automated gate. These are perfect if you, or someone in your home, have a habit of losing keys. If you have the right code, you can get in. They’re great for kids, as you don’t have to worry about them losing keys. They’re also great if you’re giving someone temporary access, such as delivery people. Once they’ve used the code, you can change it to secure the gate again.
When it comes to automating the gate, you’ve got options too. Some homeowners like to put electric eye beams on the gate, so they’ll open when something is in the gate’s path. This is a good security measure, as they won’t shut on anything that’s in the way of the gate.
You can also invest in automatic gate locks, which lock the gate as soon as it’s shut. No more worrying about whether the gate has been locked once you’ve gone through it.
Now that you know about the three most popular types of driveway gates, you can move forward with confidence as you explore your options. Whether you’re looking for a custom driveway gate, a solar-powered driveway gate opener, or a commercial-grade gate opener, you’ll be sure to find it.
If you’re not sure where to start or you’re interested in receiving a driveway gate installation estimate, let us know!