If you are looking to better protect your home, you may be considering enclosing the entire property with a fence. However, if this is the case, you need gates to get in and out. A driveway gate, in particular, is necessary, but with so many options, choosing the right one can take time. If you would like to know more, keep reading.
They Offer Security
Naturally, a gate provides security because it can be locked. Without a gate, you simply have an open pathway to your property or home. This can be problematic at night, especially if you have lots of areas in which to hide, such as behind bushes and in dark corners. With a gate, however, you simply lock it to keep your home secure at any time.
Besides potential criminals, a gate can keep trespassing kids off your property. Normally, if someone trespasses and gets hurt, it's their fault. However, when a child is involved, you may be held responsible, especially if the kid spotted an unsecured attractive nuisance in your yard like a pool.
Some types of gates are more secure than others. A wrought-iron gate, for example, likely has spiked pickets, which deter climbing. Similarly, a solid wood fence deters climbing by providing no footing. In addition, both wood and wrought iron fences are durable enough to withstand kicking, cutting, etc.
You Can Choose Sliding or Pivoting
Don't worry about space; you can choose between sliding or pivoting gates. Pivoting gates may have one or two doors that swing outward or inward to open. With this type of gate, if it opens outward, you need plenty of room between the gate and your car, so the doors don't hit it when they swing open. Similarly, if the door opens inward, you need space between the house and the gate.
If space is an issue, you can choose a door that slides to the right or left to open. These doors don't require any extra space because they simply slide to sit next to the fence. Therefore, these are a great choice if your property is close to the road, and/or you have limited space on the property.
Some Come With Advanced Features
When choosing your gate, consider advanced features. One popular feature is an automatic opener. With the push of a button the gate opens, so you don't have to get out of your car twice to open and close it. This is also beneficial when you have visitors, so you don't have to go open the locked gate.
Other gates may have a communication/video system, so you can monitor who is at your gate at all hours. Therefore, if it's someone you don't want to greet like a solicitor, you can tell them you aren't interested without even stepping foot outside.
Driveway gates are a great compliment to a secure fence. With a gate, you can keep your family safe and secure easier. If you would like to learn more about driveway gates, contact a gate contractor in your area today.