First impressions count - driveway gates designed for New Zealand homes - Outdoor and Landscaping NZ
First impressions count - driveway gates designed for New Zealand homes

First impressions count - driveway gates designed for New Zealand homes

Driveway Gates often set the scene for visitors—alongside presenting a stunning visual feature, your gate should be a good-quality asset that opens and closes smoothly and reliably, even after years of extensive use.

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team

Whether you're looking for a wooden driveway gate or a metal one, a manual operated gate or an automatic one, proper manufacturing is vital; as the correct installation to avoid sagging and misalignment.

Benefits of Driveway Gates

Beyond doubt, installing a driveway gate is an investment. If you are thinking about getting one, but still not convinced that you really need it, there are a range of advantages to consider. Some are relatively obvious, like the safety and security of your family. Others might not have come to your mind—yet.

Automatic gates are often referred to as ‘driveway security gates’. These present more than just a visual deterrent, but are an active barrier between a potential intruder and your private property. They are also a perfect way to secure large, expensive items, such as boats, trailers and various motor vehicles from breaking in.

For a family with small children, it is a way to prevent the little ones from wandering onto the road while chasing a ball or something similar. In the same way, it can help keep your pet safely confined to your property.

Modern Sliding Gate by BelAire Designer Fencing

For those concerned with privacy, gates are a valuable investment. It will keep both cars and curious people away from stumbling over your patio. And then, there is also the lower risk of theft, alongside reduced visibility of your home from the street. 

Enhanced privacy provides you with more freedom and additional landscaping utilisation options. It’s more convenient to use a patio as an entertaining area when it’s not exposed to every stranger's eye around.

If you’re not familiar with the term ‘curb appeal’; it marks how good your property looks to people judging it from the street. An automatic driveway gate can substantially improve the overall look of your property, increasing your curb appeal.

How to Choose a Driveway Gate?

There are different styles and materials available in the market for each custom fence and gate. Those can include added rails, curves, and scrolls, together with individual components that can be mixed and mingled to create the entrance of your choice. 

What are different types of Driveway Gates?

Driveway gates can be manufactured as single swing, double swing, single sliding, double sliding or pedestrian. Each of those types can be fitted with gate openers, to react at the touch of a button. For added convenience, a same remote controller can operate both garage doors and a gate.

Commonly, gates are manufactured from one of three essential materials, wood, steel, and aluminium.

Aluminium Gates

Aluminium gates are durable and versatile, with rust-proof and maintenance-free properties. Also, aluminium is the most affordable choice of metal used for driveway gates. Colour and powder-coating further increase its durability, making it an ideal choice for residential properties where aesthetics is as important as privacy.

Aluminium Panel Driveway Gate by Prestige Doors & Gates

Steel Gates

Steel is heavier and more durable than aluminium, also more resistant to break-ins. A higher level of quality makes it also more expensive than aluminium, but it is your best bet if you need a higher level of security. However, steel is naturally prone to rust, so look for a gate that is galvanised and treated for a rust-proof quality.

Wooden Gates

A wooden sliding gate is a common choice that can be operated manually or electrically. A combination called ‘smartwood aluminium’ is the most expensive material option around. It’s actually a premium timber-look aluminium, with the aesthetics of traditional timber, but also additional benefits of being maintenance-free and exceptionally durable.

Sliding Driveway Gates

This type of gate is easy to use and provides long-term value. It makes an ideal choice if space is at a premium, or the driveway behind the gates lies on a steep incline. Additionally, sliding gates and custom designed gates are popular in commercial environments.

How much it costs to install a Sliding Gate?

On average, the installation price for a simple sliding gate ranges from $500 to $3000 for rear-pipe and V-track models, while cantilever sliding gates start at $1000 and go up to $4000.

Wooden Sliding Gate by Red Stag Gates & Fences

Swing Driveway Gates

Manual or automatic swinging gates can be single or double, made of smartwood, aluminium, or steel and designed in a vast range of styles, colours and materials.

Swinging gates, as the name suggests, swing on hinged posts, turning away from oncoming traffic and into the property. For homes with ascending driveways, it’s possible to install outward swinging or sliding gates for added convenience.

How much it costs to install a Swing Gate?

On average, the installation price for a simple sliding gate is around $2000. A single swing gate can cost anywhere between $500 and $3000, while a double-swinging gate ranges from $1000 to $4000. Installation of uphill swinging and lift-and-swing gates start at $2000 reaching to $4000 and $6000, respectively.

Automatic Driveway Gates

Automatic electric gates offer the convenient luxury of an automated process. These are designed to open and close with a simple click of a button from the comfort of your vehicle.

Investing in gate automation raises the value of your property as an appealing feature to potential buyers due to both functional benefits and aesthetic attraction. And then again, there is a benefit of significantly improved safety.

Suppose you’re coming home late at night and you're tired. It’s not exactly a situation many would enjoy, having to get out of the car, open the gate and then repeat the process for closing. Except being potentially risky, it’s also annoying. A far more convenient solution would be to open the electric gate from the comfortable safety of your car.

Gate Automation by Red Stag Gates & Fences

How much it costs to install an Automatic Gate?

It’s not an easy estimation, since automatic gates come in a broad range of materials, styles, and operating methods and every detail makes an impact on the final cost of the project. On average, a standard price range to install an electric gate is from $3000 to $12,000. Most homeowners pay around $7000 for an installed sliding driveway gate that comes equipped with intercom, keypad and motor.

Driveway Gates Operating Modes

Manual operation is the cheapest option, but not the most convenient, especially if you live in a busy street, or drive a toddler. Remote control access comes next, with entrance gates hooked to a motor and push button-controlled.

A keypad allows you access with a code, while a swipe card is a simplified, more secure alternative. Finally, at the high-end of the scale, there is a buzzer/intercom access, with or without a video control.

If you need further advice to decide what kind of entrance gate is the right for you, ArchiPro can help you find the right professional for all your requirements and questions. Simply click "Contact supplier" on the product's page or visit the supplier's website directly from the product page.

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