How to buy the best gate for your home or driveway, with manual and automatic, types and electronic sensors and openers.
If your property is enclosed, consider installing a driveway gate. Driveway gates are made of wood or metal and come in a variety of styles. There are three basic types: sliding, bi-parting, and single swing.
If your driveway gets lots of snow or ice in the winter or has a steep grade, then a slider is for you.
Bi-parting gates have two unfolding panels and work best with driveways greater than 14 feet in width.
If you have at least 12 feet of space on either side of your gate and your driveway is 14 feet wide or less, you can consider a single-swing style, which opens either to the left or right. Single-swing gates are generally less expensive than bi-parting types.
Gates can be opened manually or automatically. Automatic systems offer the greatest convenience, allowing homeowners and guests to operate gates by using keypads with punch-in codes, dial-up intercoms and telephone entries, or hand-held remotes.
Keypad, push-button, or underground exit sensors then open the gate when it’s time to leave. Installing a photo eye will ensure that your gate will reopen if it hits an obstacle.