Buying a driveway gate is an awesome investment in your home to make it more secure and give you privacy. First time driveway gate buyers may not know where to start with making the decision to add this feature to their home.
We have some helpful tips and things to consider for first time driveway gate buyers.
Driveway Gate Design and Material Options
Looking into the design and material options is a great way to begin your driveway gate ownership journey. It’s good to have an idea of what you want for your driveway before you meet with a contractor.
Are you drawn to the aesthetic that wood materials or iron would give your driveway entrance? Wood material is going to allow more privacy in your driveway gate than an iron gate and is lower in cost. Find out more about the maintenance that is required for the material you choose for your gate and whether you are prepared to manage the upkeep.
As far as the design of your driveway gate is concerned, choose something that suits your style and has a timeless appeal.
Consider how you would like to access your gate and how you would like for your guests to have access.
Most home driveway gates have automated systems with remote controls to open and close the gate, but if you are in a more upscale or higher security area, an RFID system is an option. Telephone access systems and below-ground sensors are available as well. For extra security and protection, consider adding an integrated camera in or around your driveway gate. In an event of an emergency, surge protectors and back up batteries are other add-ons to consider.
Choosing the Right Contractor
You can never be too careful when choosing a contractor. Do a thorough investigation of the contractor’s experience before you decide to hire them to install your driveway gate. Find out if they are trained and certified driveway gate technicians. Visit their website for a gallery of their work or ask for a portfolio of their work. Check for online reviews of the contractor and see if they have accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
Service and maintenance contracts are something to consider when searching for a contractor, as buying a gate is a long-term investment that requires preventative services to keep it looking great and in the best working shape over time.
When your driveway gate needs to be repaired, you will want to find a contractor who provides same day and emergency service 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Make sure your contractor offers a warranty on their work as well.
Purchasing your Driveway Gate
If you need more information on driveway gate tips for first-time buyers, or if you are ready to move forward with buying your first driveway gate, we are here to help. Our customer care team at Natural Enclosures can answer any additional questions you may have. Contact us today for a free quote.