Before buying your gate you will need to ask yourself the following questions:
- Where will you place it? – Does it have a shade?
- What is its purpose? – Will it be mostly for decoration or security? Which feature do you lean on more?
- Will it be automatic? – Automatic is great but is it needed? There are pros and cons between manual and automatic.
- What kind of material? – Is it wood or metal?
Next step is to make sure that you have the right size. Measure the width and height of where you’d like to place it. Two inches is the general rule for the bottom clearance. Measure the height of the posts and make sure it can hold its ground when mounted with a gate.
The location of your gate – For garden gates, you can choose design over security. For the driveway, security is preferred. Install your gates on strong posts only. Hire a professional if you are not sure if the post can handle the weight of your gate.
The purpose of your gate – For the driveway, you’d want the gate to have more security features. The height should be 6 feet or more. For privacy, you’d want a gate that blocks the view from the outside. The designs are pretty much simple compared to a railing gate that gives you a glimpse of your driveway from the outside.
Automation of your gate – These gates can offer better security but it costs more. The control of your gate can be triggered from your home. Remote devices is used to open. As with any device, there are common problems associated with automation like cold temperature which can cause your gate to malfunction.
Material of your gate – You can choose between a steel or wooden gate. Steel gates are naturally strong and are more economic to use. The downside is that it needs protection to prevent corrosion. Wooden gates are durable. If you prefer privacy a close-boarded wooden gate is better that steel railings. The problem with wooden gates is that it requires more maintenance due to the nature of the material. You don’t want your gates to warp after a few years.
Gates make up a portion of the overall impression of your home. Taking good care of it periodically can save you money.