Driveway Gate Planning: Work With A Professional For The Best Installation

There are many reasons why you might want to add a driveway gate to your front yard or property line. You may want to boost your curb appeal, create more privacy, or add an extra layer of security. If you’ve decided to upgrade your home’s exterior with a stylish driveway gate, here are a few planning tips to get you on the right track.

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Driveway Gate Tips

Planning can make your driveway gate installation go more smoothly and reduce headaches and cost overruns. Consider the following.

  • Choose the right spot. When selecting the gate location, choose a place that allows your vehicle to leave the roadway while waiting for the gate to open. Also, envision your gate fully open and look for any objects that might obstruct its path, including uneven ground or driveway slope. That’ll help you determine if a swing or slide system is best.

  • Determine the gate width and height. Most standard residential driveway gates are between 2.5 to 3.5 metres wide. However, it’s essential to consider the size of the vehicles passing through. If your driveway is curved, you may need a broader gate to allow vehicles plenty of space to turn as they enter and avoid hitting the gate. Moreover, driveway gates are generally between 1.5 to two metres tall but can be made higher or lower depending on your needs and preferences.

  • Decide on the gate material. Wood, steel, wrought iron, and aluminum are the most common materials used for driveway gates. Steel and wrought iron are susceptible to rust. Consequently, they may not be the best option if you live near the coast, as the salty air will quickly eat away at the finish. Wood gates are suitable for milder climates but can rot and suffer pest damage if not properly maintained. Lastly, aluminum gates are rust-resistant and lightweight. However, they aren’t as durable as other metals.

  • Choose between manual or automatic. Manual gates are operated by hand and often have secure latches or padlocks. Since they have fewer mechanisms and moving parts, manual gates tend to be cheaper and easier to maintain than automatic ones.

    Alternatively, automatic driveway gates are convenient and provide several added security benefits. They have electric operators with access control systems, so you don’t have to get out of your vehicle to enter or exit your property. However, the additional tech built into automatic driveway gates means there’s more that could go wrong, thus, potentially higher repair bills down the road.

If you’re unsure where to start your driveway gate project, the Creative Door Services™ team can help. We’ll suggest the best height, width, clearance, and operation for your gate based on the unique needs of your property. We also consider your budget and functional requirements to ensure you get a product that’s adapted to your needs.

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Master the Remarkable™ with Professional Installation Services

Installing an automatic gate or ornamental gate is no small task. Therefore, it’s best to hire a professional and vetted company like Creative Door Services™. Proper gate installation services will ensure your property remains safe from thieves, vandals, and intruders.

Our technicians have the knowledge, tools, and equipment to do the job correctly. Moreover, all our installers participate in ongoing training and certification programs. Therefore, you can rest assured your manual or automatic gate will function perfectly and meet all your security and esthetic requirements.

We also offer a planned maintenance program to ensure your gate system provides years of worry-free service. Once you register, our expert technicians will periodically come to your home and inspect your gate system to ensure it works properly. We’re sure to catch minor problems before they become significant issues.

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Custom Driveway Gates Available in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

If you’re ready to install a driveway gate on your property, reach out to the team at Creative Door Services™. We carry residential gates in various materials, including wood, wrought iron, aluminum, and steel. We also have parts and accessories like gate operators, universal remote controls, mounted keypads, and related access control systems for seamless automation.

Contact us today to learn more about our products and services or get a free quote. You can find us in Kelowna, British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Fort McMurray, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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