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Driveway Gates | Add Elegance To Your Home With a Driveway Gate

Driveway gates provide an elegant means to secure your property, giving you increased peace of mind while deterring would-be thieves and home invaders. As elegant and beautiful as driveways can be, they also provide an easy means of entrance into most homes, and give thieves a good indication of the wealth of the household. To protect your family, property and valuables, consider installing a driveway gate.

Driveway gates need not be an imposition on an otherwise beautiful landscape: they should, instead, compliment, even add to the aesthetics of the property. Whether wood or wrought iron, steel or sculpted plastic, a well-constructed driveway gate will compliment the aesthetics of the property, blending in rather than sticking out.

Modern driveway gates can come equipped with various amenities, but perhaps the most logical addition to a driveway gate is an automatic motor to open and close the gate as needed. These can be operated via a remote control similar to those packaged with motorized driveway doors. These represent an investment in your property, which helps to justify the cost: most remote driveway gate operators cost between $1500 and $3000 dollars, though they should, if well maintained, last a lifetime

There are some important considerations to keep in mind when selecting a driveway gate. The first is the material. Unlike driveway materials, driveway gates come in various colors, sizes and designs, all of which can be fairly well weatherproofed. Wood gates, however, require the most treatment in this regard, as water can cause significant damage if it is allowed to creep into the grain of the wood.

Furthermore, you must decide on the mechanism of the opening/closing operation: do you want the gate to swing open and closed, or have it slide to the side? Both require different mechanisms, but swinging gates require more space.

Finally, some neighborhood zoning laws have stringent rules concerning driveway gates: how tall they can be, what colors are allowed, as well as their proximity to the street; these should all be consulted prior to construction.

The great benefit to driveway gates is added security and privacy: not only do they prevent burglars, thieves and home intruders from gaining access to your property, but unwanted solicitors, door-to-door salesman and other undesirables as well. If you have small children or pets, a driveway gate will prevent them from wandering off into the street or getting lost. The end result is an aesthetically pleasing addition to your homestead, which will help protect your family and increase the value of your property.

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