If you recently purchased a new home and want to have a driveway gate installed, then opting for a custom entry gate is a great option. While the word "custom" may make you think of the word "expensive," this just isn't the case. Custom gates are available at all price points and give you a lot of flexibility in design choices.
There are many different reasons homeowners install custom driveway gates, some of the most common are:
- restricting physical access
- restricting visual access
- increasing safety for family and pets
In addition, choosing a gate that matches the style of your property will greatly increase its curb appeal.
If you've never designed a custom entry gate, then here are some important considerations to keep in mind:
The 2 Main Styles of Driveway Entry Gates
When designing a custom driveway gate, you have two different style options:
- a single gate
- a double gate
A single gate will either swing into your driveway from one of its side posts or it will slide to one side to open. In contrast, a double gate will open in the middle and both gates will swing open into your driveway.
Single gates are best for single-wide driveways or when you want a less expensive option. In contrast, double-wide driveways require a more expensive double gate. However, double gates also have the benefit of making your home look more elegant and expensive.
Consider the Gate's Desired Function
Before you start designing your custom entry gate, you need to think about the job you want it to perform.
- Do you want to create a grand entrance just for aesthetics?
- Do you want to protect your property from intruders?
- Do you want your children to be safe from passing cars while playing in the yard?
- Do you want to completely block the view from the street?
- Do you need to contain pets behind the gate?
Some homeowners install entry gates simply to improve the look of their property. Others install them for added security or to completely block the view into their property from the street.
Thinking about your new gate's function and purpose helps steer you away from amazing-looking gates that just don't fit your needs.
A Homeowner's Association May Limit Your Gate Options
Finally, it's important to mention if your home is located within a homeowner's association (HOA). And HOA may limit your custom driveway gate options or even completely disallow their installation.
Before you start designing and shopping for your new custom gate, check with your HOA to determine your options. The last thing you want is to buy a custom gate, have it installed, and then be forced by your HOA to remove it.
To learn more about custom entry gates, contact a fence contractor in your area.Share