First impressions last. The first thing guests and prospective buyers will see when visiting your property is the gate so you need to make sure it matches your fence, not to mention the rest of your exterior. Here are some factors you should consider before choosing a gate.
Operating Style and Driveway Space
There are two kinds: swinging and sliding gates. Experts recommend sliding gates for homes that have limited space in their driveway. That’s because they glide over a rail instead of swinging forward when you open them.
On the other hand, if you have more than one car in your home, swinging gates would be a better option. They can handle higher traffic volume, allowing two or more vehicles to move out or enter your driveway at the same time.
Level of Security and Material
Gates made out of robust material like steel, aluminum or cast iron are highly recommended for homes located near busy streets as these materials can provide a high level of security. If, however, your home is located in a gated community, a standard gate should be enough. To make sure your security fence installation is done properly, only hire qualified installers.
Color Scheme and Curb Appeal
Your fence and its gate are the first features your guests and prospective buyers will see when they enter your property so you need to make sure the color schemes of your gate and fence complement the rest of your exterior. Aside from mixing and matching colors, you can also try pairing different textures to provide some contrast. For example, vinyl fencing goes well with a natural wood grain finish.
Having trouble coordinating colors and textures? Consult one of our certified North American Fence Contractors Association contractors.