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In today's modern world where they no longer keep cattle or other animals in place by fencing and gates; the driveway gate secures your home against unwanted guests. Friends and family, in some instances, enter by a code on a control pad.
The driveway gate gives children an added place to play while keeping them in the fenced yard, and offers protection for children and household pets against passing cars or others looking to do them harm.
The most efficient driveway gate will be one with a remote control either from the home or at the gate itself. They operate similar to the garage door with the remote when the owner's car enters the area. To operate other gates by hand a person swings the gate open when entering or leaving the area. The advantage to the hand-operated driveway gates give needed exercise to many. An installed padlock further enhances security.
The owner has the advantage of choosing the materials that best suit their needs. Either for security, privacy or elegance, the proper material needs to blend with the remaining landscape and fencing. When pricing is the main objective, cheaper wood gates would offer the same advantages without the high costs of wrought iron or metal fencing.
The rustic or grand driveway gate will add security to the front door of the home. Those who enter and want to leave in a hurry, think burglar, will no longer have that option. The gate is a deterrent, and when the burglar can easily get over the fence, if he wants to carry his loot away from the home, he'll have to lift it over the fence or the gate. He can't simply walk or drive away.
Will you be installing your own driveway gate? If not consider hiring a contractor who specializes in fencing and gate installations. Search around and get several bids from reliable contractors. When you find the contractor that deals in the product you need, be sure to compare prices with quality. A good quality fence will of course cost more, and the heavy lock that secures the fence will be worth its weight.
Remote control gates should be self-locking. You should not have to have a separate lock for the gate. Choose the style and material that would look the best on your property, and after you've signed the contract, pay a down payment and don't pay in full until the work is completed.