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.
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
- Wood composites
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 Security 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.