A new gate will enhance both the security and the appearance of your home. Here’s what you need to consider before choosing your new gate.
Which Way Will Your Gate Swing
Gates can open inwards toward your home or outwards toward the road. There are also options for gates to swing left and right behind your boundary wall. Factors that will determine which way your gate opens include:
- Slope of your property
- Length of driveway
- Available space for cars to park
- Pedestrian traffic
- Motor vehicle traffic
- Curve of your boundary
Before you settle on a style for your new gate you will need to consider any restrictions that may apply to your property. For example, some housing estates specify certain conditions when it comes to additions.
The best gates are those that complement the existing home. For example, if you have a modern home, you would most likely choose an aluminium gate over a picket fence and gate. The colour of your gate is also important as it is the first thing people will notice. You can either match it with existing structures or choose a contrasting colour for a more dramatic effect.
There are several ways you can choose to access your property. These include:
- Manual access
- Remote control
- Electronic key code or swipe card
All will require a power source (except the manual option). You may have to run cables from your home to your driveway or you could opt for solar. It’s best to discuss what will be most practical for your home with your electrician.
If you are in the Shoalhaven and considering a new gate, talk to Shoalhaven Custom Gates. We can walk you through the different options and ensure you get a great gate at a great rate! Get in touch for a free measure and quote. We work from Nowra to Berry and everywhere in between including the Bay & Basin.