Things That Homeowners Should Consider Before Installing A Driveway Gate

If you want to add a touch of class and exclusivity to your home, there’s no better way to do it than to add a driveway gate. Driveway gates date back to an older time, presenting oneself and one’s property with that perfect balance of flare and mystery. In addition to that, the protection that a driveway gate can provide is second to none. But before you go out and get yourself your very own, there are a few things to consider. This is, after all, not only an investment in aesthetics, but in the safety of your property and family.

Type Of Driveway

Consider the size that you have and how you’re going to have one installed. If you have a pre-existing wall, one can carve out a piece and add the gate to it. If you have an open area with no demarcating structure between your property and the outside, consider having one set up beforehand. What you have around your home will greatly affect the style of driveway gate you have. For example, if you only have a road with an open field on either side of it, it doesn’t make much sense to have a sliding gate. The gate just slides open into an empty space on either side of the supporting post. In that situation, consider a double gate that swings open. Comparisons between designs are all over the internet. Some can be found on and landscaping journals. Now, if you do have a wall or a fence around your property, this makes it exponentially easier in terms of the design you choose.

Design Of Your Home

Speaking of design, the look of your gate is a main factor, outside of protection, that determines what you buy. What is the design of your home? Are you going for a more dramatic entrance or a simpler one? Is the gate meant solely to present as a barrier to outsiders, or do you want it to compliment the whole look? These are the things people often dwell on when initially deciding on a purchase. Make sure you take it into consideration, but do not ignore the hard facts regarding its installation.

Homeowners Association

One “hard fact” a buyer has to consider, is the homeowner’s association. More often than not, a homeowner that is in the market to buy a driveway gate has to comply with the board. Before any dollar is spent, make sure you lay out the plans and decide upon the design for the homeowners association. Also include the construction and installation time. There are some groups that prefer not to have prolonged trucks and installation in their view.


What material you choose is mostly affected by the kind of weather you have year round. If you are in a relatively dry place, considering hardwood is a great option over the often overheating and radiating steel paneled options. If you live in a tropical area, consider how the metal will rust and decide whether you want that as an aesthetic addition. Either way, one must be aware of the conditions their gate will be in.

In the end, the decision is yours. Yes, there are a few things to consider, but do not let that distract you from the prime reason you’re getting a gate in the first place. Aside from it looking amazing, you can rest assured that your family and belongings are safe.

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