You may be looking at the front of your property and wondering whether it is better to add gates to your driveway or not. It can be a difficult decision and this is often made harder when you look at the number of gate options available.
The most popular options are those with balustrade designs, but, you can get solid gates, low-level gates, and a host of other styles.
When choosing your gates you’ll need to consider what your house looks like and what your outer wall is like. The taller the wall the higher the gates can be. It must all be in proportion.
However, to answer your original query, there are several good reasons why you may want to install gates.
The most obvious reason to add gates to your property is to increase security. Without gates, anyone can stroll onto your property. With gates, it is more obviously an act of trespassing and you can even add locks to make it more difficult to get past the gates.
When you consider that 12% of Australians have had a package stolen from their driveway, having gates seems like a sensible way forward.
Of course, the gates are also a great deterrent. Any opportunist thief will look at the gates and is more likely to move on, to a house without gates. After all, they don’t want to draw attention to themselves.
Another great reason to add gates to your property is to increase your privacy. This is especially relevant if you use your front yard for a variety of activities or even if you can see straight into your back yard.
Without gates, your neighbours are free to say hi and check out what you are doing. Most of the time this is a good thing as you get to chat. But, sometimes you just want to unwind and enjoy a little privacy. Gates give you the privacy you need!
Stop Stray Animals
This is particularly relevant if you have your own pets. Gates mean your pets can wander the garden and they are much less likely to escape. That makes it better for them and better for you.
But, it also means that stray animals can’t wander into your yard. Stray animals will antagonize or even hurt your pets. They can also leave their droppings which can be particularly frustrating when you step in them on your way to your vehicle.
If you’re concerned about the hassle of opening and closing the gates every time you want to go in and out of your driveway, then you should note there are some great electric options on the market. These can be controlled from a button in your vehicle. That’s convenient and practical.
Gates are also good at improving the look of your home. This is useful if you are planning on selling. After all, the greater the appeal the easier it is to find buyers. The more interested parties there are, the more likely it is you’ll get more for your property, and all you have to do is install some gates!