Driveway gates -Types, Styles and Automation Guide

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Driveway gates allow individualistic flair

Driveway Gates

Driveway gates have always been popular for the wealthy and those with something to hide. But due to security and privacy concerns wooden and metal driveway gates are becoming increasingly popular for everybody else.

Is that’s you? Read on.

In this article we take a look at the most stunningly spectacular to the sturdiest fortress like – and of course everything in between.

Wooden Driveway Gates

Wooden driveway gates are strong and durable. They range from farm style country gates for keeping cattle in to close boarded which provide extra privacy.

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A single hinge farm style gate
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Closed Boarded Wooden Gates Provide Extra Privacy

Wooden driveway gates are usually made from hardwoods such as Teak, Oak and Iroko (also known as  African teak). Sometimes softwoods are also used in wooden gate construction such as Scandinavian Redwood or Cedar. These offer a lower cost alternative to hardwood gates.

Wooden driveway gates provide a natural look which can add character and style. Many provide a timeless look (think of a typical farm style gate) and close boarded driveway gates stop prying eyes from looking in (and put people off climbing over.)

As with many things hand construction is far superior to machine and this is especially true for sliding wooden gates. These provide super strong strength and durability.

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Sliding wooden driveway gates provide extra strength and durability

Regular maintenance will ensure that a wooden gate is kept in good condition and will help prevent cracking due to the effects of weathering. Wood being wood may warp and over time this may be unavoidable.

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Charming but this farm style driveway gate could do with a lick of paint!

 

Metal Driveway gates

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Bespoke design of metal gates can be very eye catching

Many people refer to wrought iron when they are actually talking about mild steel. This isn’t the place to get technical about it, but wrought iron is the stuff swords are made of and other time weathered artifacts from bygone tymes. Steel has a low carbon content compared to standard iron which means it can be rolled into shapes. Does that sound as strong to you?

Mild steel (as well as other metals such as Aluminium) are used in the manufacture of most metal gates. They are durable and strong but do not have the tensile strength of wrought iron.

Good enough? Put your sword away now Conan!

If a salesman refers to mild steel as wrought iron they are just deliberately misleading or don’t know what they’re selling.

Design styles are limitless for metal driveway gates. These range from the very secure (almost industrial complex looking) long sliding gates to intricately styled curved metal gates that look as though they have taken an age to roll and form.

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A long sliding electric gate

 

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A low cost and surprisingly effective wrought iron driveway gate disguised as a bush

Increasingly modern minimalist designs are becoming popular which can be both eye catching and futuristic looking. These stand out with their thin bars and sleek cuts.

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This style of minimalist driveway gate is for those that can’t stand clutter

 

Driveway gates – Automation

Adding automation to a gate is convenient and is guaranteed to offer a stylish entry and exit every time. For added style play some music from Moonraker or Goldfinger.

Above ground or below ground?

Electrical control boxes are available for both wooden and metal driveway gates.These can either stand alone at the sides of gates, or if space is tight,or a flush look is preferred then opting for a below ground installation is best.

We’ve done the hard work and distilled the best two automated gate solutions.

Make sure you contact us if you are seriously considering driveway gate automation.

More on sliding gate automation

Sometimes space or gradients will not allow enough clearance for gates to open. A solution to this is  sliding gate automation.This type of system uses a flat gear that attaches to the side of the gate and then a pinion gear on the motor winds the gate open and closed. The gate runs back and forth on grooved or circular wheels along a level horizontal beam fitted with a channel.

This type of driveway gate system can either be a single gate or twin gates and is accepted as the most secure type of automation.

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Secure and dependable wrought iron sliding driveway gates offer a stylish entry and exit – every time

Driveway gates – Cost

The cost of drive gates are going to be determined by the material chosen and the size of gates required. A bespoke design metal gate order in Aluminium is going to cost a lot more than a simple minimalist steel design, for example. Likewise a large solid oak gate is going to cost more than a softwood such as Cedar.

Expect to pay anywhere between £1,000 and £10,000

Driveway gate automation

Adding automation increases costs in the region of £500 to £2,500 depending on which system is chosen. Some manufacturers have migrated from industrial size gate automation to cater for the growing demand from the residential sector. These established automation manufacturers should be chosen over cheaper made products. The cost of an automated system malfunctioning can be embarrassment and that’s just not nice!

We’ve selected some of the best driveway gate companies (to save you the task!)

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