When it comes to choosing a residential gate for your property, you have plenty of options. No matter the type of fence you plan to pair your new gateway with, you and your fencing company can come up with the perfect gate design. It just takes a little extra planning. Answer all of these questions before you decide on a gate design.
Is It for Security or Aesthetics?
First, you must decide what the primary purpose of your residential gate will be. Do you want it to help keep your home safe from intruders, or are you looking for something that just looks great and gives you access to your yard? Perhaps you want a gate that does a little of both.
Let your fencing professionals know how you intend to use this fence. Then, they can use this information to guide you to the right gate for you.
How Big Does Your Opening Need to Be?
Before any work begins, you should consider how large of a gate opening you need. If only people and small objects need to pass through the gate, a smaller gate may do just fine. If the gate comes at the front of your driveway, you will need a larger opening.
If you have to approach your driveway at an angle, your opening may need to be even larger than standard driveway gates. Think of the largest thing you will ever need to fit through your gate and make sure the opening gives you plenty of space.
How Will Your Gate Open?
Many gates swing open. If that’s the type you need, you should decide in which direction the gate will open. Think about it from every direction before you decide. Some people opt for sliding gates, which can be more expensive but also more effective. Once you have answered these three basic questions, you and your professional fencers can decide on the aesthetic details.