Types Of Security Gates
Security gates are an added measure you can use to further secure your property from unwanted visitors, whether they be human or animal. Security gates can be found in a variety of styles and materials. The first decision necessary when choosing a security gate is deciding what type of security gate will best fit your property needs. After determining the type of security gate that suits your property, you can then decide the gate material.
A slide gate slides on wheels, either from right to left or from left to right, across your entryway. You must have enough room on one side of your entry/driveway to house the gate when it is fully opened. For example, if you have a driveway that is 20 feet wide, you would need at least 23 feet of space to the left or right of the driveway to allow the gate to open fully. If you do not have this much space for the gate, a slide gate is not an option for you. Sliding gates are a great option for homeowners with sloping driveways.
Swing gates open in an inward or outward motion. You can get a single or double door swing gate to use as a security gate. However, once again, you must think about the amount of space you have available for the gate to open and close. You need to also have a relatively flat driveway to use a swing gate, especially a single door swing gate. Single door swing gates typically measure sixteen feet or less, to prevent dragging and sagging of the gate on the driveway. Double door swing gates are quite attractive and offer the option of smaller and lighter doors for your entry.
Additional options for security gate operation
You can choose to have your gate operate electronically, either with the push of a button on a remote control in your car or inputting a security code on a mounted box at your driveway. There are also state-of-the art electronic gate systems that allow you to open your security gate with an app on your smartphone or smartwatch. Other electronic opening options include card readers, which are much less popular with single owner residences, and motion/pressure detection, which would only be a good choice when opening the security gate from inside the property to maintain the security feature of the gate.
Security gate materials
Security gates are primarily made from wood and metal. Wood security gates can add a rustic look to your property and you can choose a solid wood gate to enhance the privacy of your home. A more classic, traditional style of security gate would include metal gates such as wrought iron. Metal gates are durable and have the capability of enduring years of exposure to the sun, rain, hail, sleet, and snow. The gate material you pick will more than likely be dependent on the style of your house/dwelling and the fence you have on your property.