Tips for Choosing a Gate

Choosing a gate is not as simple and straightforward as you might think. You actually have a fairly broad choice when it comes to gates. The type of gate you choose will depend to a fair extent on the necessity for having a gate. It is always best to go with as simple a gate as possible unless you are dealing with a gate to keep out intruders. In that case, you may want to spring for something a bit more sophisticated or complicated.

Entrance Gates

Entrance gates are the easiest and most common type of gate. Entry into a fenced area is the primary function and that function usually determines style. You can buy an entrance gate to match just about any style of fencing: picket fences, closed board fences, frame-and-panel and chain link. One way to make an entrance gate stand out as more than just a functional item is to go with the old-fashioned decorative wrought iron gate. A wrought iron gate lends some style to your entryway, especially if you go the Citizen Kane route and work your monogram into the design at the highest point.

Side Gates

When you have an unprotected side entrance to an obviously tempting target for burglars, you should invest in a side gate. Side gates typically are not as ornate as even the simplest of entrance gates; they are there primarily to protect your stuff from intruders. For this reason, you will often find side gates that reach as high as seven feet or more. The material for a side gate is often one that attempts to turn away potential burglars: wood, wrought iron and maybe even some barbed wire across the top. Another good choice for a side gate that functions to deter criminal enterprise is the tongue-and-grooved boards that make climbing very difficult.

Driveway Gates

The driveway gate speaks for itself. The gate is there to protect the entrance into your home via the driveway. Think long and hard before deciding on investing in a driveway gate that can’t be remotely controlled from your car. The pain of getting in and out of the car to open and close the gate may eventually result in your saying to Hades with the whole idea and leaving the driveway gate almost permanently open. Another way to go is with two gates that latch together in the middle. This allow you to keep one side open for a short trip away and when you get back you can close them off together. If the driveway has a slope that rises upward from the road into the yard, you have to make absolutely sure there is enough clearance on the ground below to withstand a wide gate; otherwise try to get the smallest gate you can that allows the car to be driven through without worry of damaging the sides.