Gates are an important feature of a home. As well as providing an entry to your property, they fulfil both security and aesthetic purposes in conjunction with your fencing. There is a wide variety of gates available in many styles, so it can be difficult to narrow down which one will be the perfect addition to your home.
Because every person's requirements are different, having a custom-designed gate is an excellent idea. By doing this, you get complete control over every aspect of your gate's appearance and function. Here are the three main choices you'll need to make when you're planning your new custom-made gate.
1. Opening mechanism
There are two main opening mechanisms to choose from when designing your new gate. You can opt for a swing gate, which has two panels that open from a central point. The other choice is a sliding gate, which opens by sliding along tracks that run parallel to the fence on one side of the gate. Both of these opening mechanisms can be automated.
The type you choose depends largely on how much space you have available in your driveway. Swing gates require a fair amount of uninhibited space to open completely and are great if you have a large property. Slide gates are better for more compact properties or urban settings and only require a slim corridor along the fence line.
2. Visual style
Gates are a relatively large feature at the front of your home and they can have a big impact on the overall facade. The visual style you choose should aim to enhance and complement the style of your home and match the style of your fencing.
For a contemporary and edgy look, a solid or panelled sliding gate made from timber or steel is a good choice. If you have a heritage home or a new home built in a traditional style, an ornate wrought-iron gate or a gate with a combination of wrought iron and carved timber will suit your home best.
3. Extra security
If one of the main functions of your new gate is to enhance the security of your home, then you may want to add some extra security functions. Electronic locking mechanisms that are controlled via remote control or a keypad in your home will mean that no one can enter your property without your consent.
You may also like to add a security camera and intercom on the exterior side of your gate so that you can visually and verbally identify visitors before you grant them access. Motion-sensor floodlights are optional but can act as deterrents to unlawful entry and are particularly useful on quiet streets with no streetlights.
For more information, contact a business that creates custom gates.