Best Garden Gates

If your looking for the best garden gates or you want to add privacy and security to your home, rental property or business, you should first consider the functionality and form for your location. Naturally, your gate is going to be the first thing people will see when they arrive at your property. This is why it’s important that you try to select a gate that’s the best match for the overall aesthetic of your property. It should also match or blend well with any existing fencing and outdoor décor. As with any home improvement project, budget is a consideration, so be sure to choose a gate that suits your style and pocket.


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What’s the main function of the Gate?

Once you’ve answered this question you can make all the other decisions around the type, shape, height and design of your new gate(s). It is a big decision and more than likely the gate or gates you choose will be part of your property for the rest of your life. You are basically setting out to control access to your property or in the case of someone with dogs or other animals you may wish to keep them safe as well. It may also suit you to install a smaller access gate for pedestrian use.

Types of Materials

Gates are typically made of wrought iron, aluminum or timber. If you have an existing fence or gate then it’s  a good idea to get a gate that’s made of either the same material or in some way complements your existing fence. For example, a wrought iron gate provides an attractive, durable addition to a brick, stone or concrete finished perimeter wall.

Some popular gate materials are:

  • Wrought Iron
  • Timber
  • Wood composites
  • Aluminum
  • Steel

You may want to add a lavish touch to the exterior of your property with high end decorative touches and detailed hardware. It is also important that the gate have appropriate bracing in order to avoid sagging and unnecessary maintenance for the future.

How to choose your gate?

The type of fence you have will directly impact on the style of gate that will suit your property.

Some popular styles of gates are:   


Traditional Arched Style Design                                                                                                     In this fine example we see that the fence surround has a stone finish and the wrought iron gates perfectly blend and match with this type of stonework which gives an overall feeling of security with added charm and elegance. The gate has been further enhanced with a gold finish to some sections which really stand out and give it a higher level of detail overall.


Garden Trellis Design                                                                                                     In this example we see another wrought iron gate but the design is quite different. The garden trellis design at the bottom of the gate is one that can be incorporated throughout the rest of the fencing on the property or may be used to compliment some existing trellis work fencing. The connecting pillars are finished in concrete with a render.  





Contemporary Wooden Gate                                                                                                   Here we see a contemporary wooden gate and side gate with robust stone finished piers. This mixture of materials being completely different in texture and form from the top example shown. While still providing a level of security and design with a softer feel.






Traditional Styled Design                                                                                                     Again in this example we see another wooden gate but with a much more traditional design. The overall feel is secure and charming especially with the wrought iron finish on top. The piers are robust stone finish while the rest of the fencing is also finished in timber and is in keeping with the overall look and material usage.





Security Gate Design                                                                                                     commercial galvanized gateSecurity is the main purpose in this style of gate design. The finish, a galvanized steel and timber mix, while not as refined as your home style gate is purely functional as a security feature. Cost can also be a factor in the level of security you wish select.

Selecting The Best Driveway Gates for your property

Selecting The Best Driveway Gates For Your Property

Traveling around Ireland and other parts of the world you see a lot of interesting properties and gates. 
Some people like to put their own individual stamp on an entrance gate.
Like a favourite painting or photo, customized gates give free expression to those with individual tastes who might want to show off their musical preferences or family heritage, to give just two examples.
I can’t think of a better greeting to your property than a gate that reminds you of what is important to you: security, or say, family heritage.
Keep those unsolicited intruders away from your door and also have a fine piece of craftsmanship that’s a pleasure to view.



Must read: Reasons to Install a Driveway Gate


Main Types of Driveway Gates

You have quit a few options here:
1. Slide gates
2. Swing gates
3. Automated or not
4. Wrought Iron gates
5. Galvanized gates
6. Wooden gates
Slide gates Vs Swing gates – may depend on how level the site location is surrounding the area of the gate.
From there, you’ll need to choose between an Automated or Manual gate and, if automatic, decide whether you prefer a keypad entry or card-based system.
And Finally,

Driveway Gate Materials

A Wrought iron gate is always a good choice of material mainly due to its anti-corrosive properties.
Other good alternatives are:
• Steel gates
• Galvanized gates
Wooden gates are also worth considering for two main reasons:
• Cost
• Aesthetics
If you decide to go for the wooden gate, just remember that it will require a lot more maintenance than any to the metal types.

Gate design by B&D Gates and Railings

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At B&D Gates and railings we supply and manafacture a wide variety of Gates and railings to suit all our customers demands and budget . Let it be garden gates , driveway gates , entrance gates or security gates we will work with you and your budgit to give you the perfect gates for your home or business . If you cannot find the design you are looking for in our gallery then simply email us a photo or drawining of the gates of your choice and we will give you a very competitive quote . Or if you are undecided on a design give us a call and we will be happy to give you all the advice you need to make sure you get exactly what you need . There are a couple of factors you should take into account when looking for gates.

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          1 Size of gates
          2 Design
          3 Budget

Size of your gates will have a big impact on price as the bigger they are the heavier they are and this has an impact on Galvanizing , materials , and more labour cost .

Design of your gates is of most importance as the more detail involved will of course have a big impact on weight , labour and of course price

Budget of course will determine how much detail , weight and how far you can go with a design .

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So if you are in the process of building pillars for a set of Gates give thought to both the width and height of your entrance as it will have a big impact when you do decide to install Gates . If you have any queries or need any advice then feel free to call us and we will be happy to assist in any way we can




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