How Do I Decide What Kind of Driveway Gate is Best for My Application?
We hate to answer a question with a question, but your answer to the following question is essential to answering the question this article aims to answer. (Our apologies for the gratuitous use of the words “question” and “answer” in the preceding sentence.)
Some common answers:
- aesthetics (curb appeal, property value);
- traffic control
- child safety;
- or animal control.
We discuss the aforementioned in detail in our article on the benefits of an automatic gate.
If security is your main concern, you may want to read our article that discusses the gates that provide the highest level of security.
Generally, a slide gate with a magnetic lock is going to satisfy most people’s needs when security is their chief concern.
If convenience is top of your list, quite frankly, any automatic gate system will satisfy your needs.
If your main motivation is to beautify your property, you probably should consider a dual swing gate. Such gates are dramatic and elegant.
Want to control vehicle traffic?
It may be that a barrier gate is what you need. Barrier gates provide no real security, but they do regulate traffic well.
To keep children safe on your property and out of harm’s way, you may want to consider a swing gate with closely spaced pickets (the vertical rods or boards that run across the entirety of your gate) or faced with safety screens (similar to mesh window screens), along with an automation system that is installed with safety as the top priority, such as the inclusion of devices that ensure the gate doesn’t close if a person is in its path.
Concerned about keeping your animals safe, or keeping other animals off your property?
You’ll want a gate that is tall enough to keep wild animals out and your animals in.
Also, a gate with closely spaced pickets (the vertical rods or boards that run across the entirety of your gate) will help keep small cats and dogs from slipping through the gate.
Lastly, you may also want to install an invisible fence to help keep your animals from digging under the fence or from getting too close to the driveway gate.
Our certified driveway gate installation experts will be able to easily help you determine the right type of gate system for your application.