Security and privacy are the main forces behind driveway gate installations. In fact, it's somewhat amazing the way one gate (in addition to the surrounding fence) can add such a high degree of personal sanctuary to a property.
In addition to privacy and security, gated driveways offer the chance to install an elegant and stylistic entryway to an estate or residence. Styles range from the quaint, country drive to the Gothic majesty of medieval Europe.
Materials used to create driveway gates are much the same as those used to make the fences attached to them. Posts for these wide and often heavy gates must be significantly stronger than most and are typically made from steel, stone or concrete. Most gates are made from wood, wrought iron, aluminum or steel.
Driveway gates may be manually opened and closed (as with rural farm or ranch gates built more for function than style). Still, most modern gates open automatically via an electronic keypad located on either side of the gate. Control pads are usually accessible without stepping out of the vehicle.
For visitors, a call button and speaker are often a part of the exterior keypad so that guests can connect with the owner's phone line or other communication device. Therefore, some wiring is needed during gate installation. Combinations or key codes are usually available so that family and friends can access the property easily and save you a lot of trips to the phone or intercom. Remote controls, similar to those used for automatic garage doors, are also available.
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