If you’re thinking about adding a gate to your home, with so many options to choose from, it might be overwhelming to find the best gate that works for you. Lucky for you, we can guide you on your journey to a new gate.
As referenced in one of our previous articles, there are many options when it comes to wood. Depending on which wood you choose, the cost can either go up and down. Pine treated wood gates are the least expensive option, but cedar is the most often used because of its natural weather resistance and bug repellant abilities. The cost of cedar is pricier than pine and we’ve seen bigger increases in recent months.
- Design – Can be cut and stained or painted in a variety of colors providing an assortment of great styles.
- Privacy – A wood gate can add some privacy and security by blocking view and access to your driveway.
- Cost effective – Depending on the type of wood you get, this is usually a less expensive option than a wrought iron or steel gate.
- Maintenance – The wood surface needs to be sealed regularly as the effects of the sun and rain or other weather conditions can damage it.
These gates can be extraordinarily sturdy and durable. This material will not wear out or bend easily. The look can be quite appealing as it looks elegant and refined. Typically, these gates are black, but they can be painted in any color.
- Design – Wrought iron can be cut, transformed to different shapes and can be painted any color. The design possibilities are endless.
- Low maintenance – Once the gate is installed, there is little to none maintenance. Keep in mind that if you choose to paint the gate, it may have to be retouched periodically.
- Cost – Typically, these gates are pricier than a wooden gate option. The pricing will depend on the size and style of the gate.
- Privacy – If you are looking for complete privacy, this might not be the best option.
- Heavy – Wrought iron gates can be heavy. This can cause damage to the hardware and to the posts, fence or wall it’s mounted on.
Other things to consider
Aside from the material of the gate, there are other things to consider when installing a gate. We’ve compiled the following list:
Weight – The weight can determine the wear and tear of the gate. The lighter the option, the more longevity your gate will have. It’s also important to note the weight limit of the motor to ensure it will work with your gate. Like other factors, this of course, helps determine your cost as well.
Swing vs Slide gate – The swing gate can be a single or double gate, which can be controlled by a remote. This gate is easy to maintain as it doesn’t require you to clean out the rails like you would have to with a slide gate. A slide gate may also not run as smoothly as it did when it was first installed due to debris from the elements and hardware wear and tear. That’s why maintenance is important on a slide gate once it’s installed because the wheels and tracks can affect the gate’s mobility.
Space – The type of gate you can install also depends on the amount of space you have available. If you have a small driveway with limited space, a single swing gate or a tandem gate may be your best options. If size isn’t an issue, you can invest in a double swing or slide gate.
Motor– Installing a gate isn’t a one size fits all, that’s why prices can vary. Whether you’re installing the gate yourself of you’ve hired a contractor, it’s important to know there are different motor options and pricing can vary depending which motor you choose. If you’re installing it yourself, make sure the motor you purchase can withstand the weight of your gate.
As you can see from the options above, there is a lot involved when installing a new gate, but it is a worthwhile investment no matter which gate you choose. Gates can enhance your home’s curb appeal and can increase the security and value of your home. Knowing gate styles and options before you hire someone or try to do it yourself is not only a smart move, but it can save you time and money.
To see different gate styles and options, please visit our gates page.