5 Things to Consider when Purchasing a Driveway Gate

Looking to upgrade that unappealing driveway with a WOW factor? Consider purchasing a driveway gate. Driveway gates take your old mundane driveway and transform it into a work of art dramatically approving curb appeal and substantially increasing your property value.

You do not have to be a millionaire or live in a mansion in an exclusive neighborhood to install a driveway gate. Driveway gates installed on typical residential homes have a proven track record of adding that certain appeal immediately bringing an ordinary looking home into a home of distinction and prosperity.

There are many options to select from when purchasing a driveway gate. Options are only limited by your imagination and funds available. Driveway gates not only provide additional security but can be customized in many ways making your driveway gate one-of-of-a-kind.

The following five things to consider when purchasing a driveway gate are provided to aid you in selecting the perfect driveway gate.

Design Of Your Gate

There are many options available to you when designing your personalized driveway gate. Driveway gates use many different kinds of material from aluminum, steel, and even wrought iron. Depending on the location of your residence, always choose a material that will withstand the harshest of climate conditions from excessive heat to sub-zero temperatures.

Be creative in the design on your gate. Look for design features that are unique and not found on any other driveway gate in your neighborhood.  Keep in mind that specially designed driveway gates will cost more than purchasing one premade.

Level of Privacy

Determine if you want your privacy gate to add additional security to your property or restrict access. Level of privacy is always the highest with a solid gate that restricts vision into your driveway and backyard. Consider the placement of your home, as well. Homes located on a cul-de-sac may not require a full panel solid driveway gate.

Gate Height

Height of your new driveway gate may not seem important however remains one of the premier features of any driveway gate. For a dramatic, majestic appearance, go with a tall gate without taking away the visual presentations of the exterior of your home. Your driveway gate should coincide with the exterior appearance of your home and blend in well without placing too much attention on either.

Review the many styles and heights of driveway gates on the Internet with detailed photos will provide you some additional insight in planning your new driveway gate. Pictures are often worth a thousand words.

Gate Opener Options

Driveway gates today are either single or double gates that slide or swing open. Driveway gate opener options are controlled by three common ways, electrical, solar panels or batteries. The height and weight of your new driveway gate may dictate the power required to open and close your gate effectively.

Other options for the opening your new driveway gate include:

·         Remote Entry- similar to a garage door opener

·         Card Entry- card scanning into a card reader

·         Code Entry- inputting a code into a keypad

·         Telephone entry- calling a predetermined number

·         Smartphone-downloading the appropriate app required

·         Motion activation- tripping an invisible beam

Regardless of the gate opener option chosen, it might be a good idea to have a back-up plan in place if the power goes out.

Contractor Selection

Do some investigation work when selecting a contractor to install your driveway gate. He or she should be qualified with years of experience and references to substantiate all claims made by the same. Check to see if the installers or their employees are certified driveway gate installers. You do not want inexperienced installers working on your new driveway gate.

Check online home improvement resources for other information on your installer. There are many commercials on TV that frequently advertise this “free” service. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is another excellent "free" source of information that can prove invaluable when checking on your installation contractor.

Qualified and reputable installers will also often have a website with photos and reviews from former customers.

In Summation

Installing a driveway gate is expensive; however, one of the best investments that will reap higher dividends should you decide to sell your home. Transform an ordinary-looking driveway into a secured entry that will provide you years of dependable service and open possibilities never before thought imaginable.