What to Consider Before Installing a Fence Gate
Fences are great investments for homeowners. You can’t beat the added security or privacy, especially after installing an effective fence gate. The right choice will further increase your curb appeal and property value. Since you have numerous styles and materials to choose from, the selection process can be daunting for first-time fence buyers. No matter what, the gate should factor heavily in your decision. Not all gates are compatible with different fencing styles, and each offer varying levels of security and function. Knowing what you need from your fence gate will help you make the right choice. Don’t forget, our staff at Excel Fencing & Decking is always here to help with this process!
Location, Location, Location
The first question you should ask yourself before installing a fence gate (or having it professionally installed) is, “Where should it go?” Better yet, “What is it protecting?”. If you’re considering a tall wooden privacy fence or a simple picket fence, a standard swinging gate may be ideal. A favorite among homeowners, these gates are cost effective and easy to install. Another popular option, ranch-style gates are the envy of many as they bring elegance and style to a property. They make for a grand entrance to an expansive area but can look out of place when opening to a smaller lawn. These gates are typically limited to steel and ornamental aluminum fences. So, if you’re not interested in either of those materials, you may want to go in a different direction.
Fence Security Solutions
Security is important when it comes to fence gates. If you have expensive equipment that you’re protecting, an exit-only gate offers impressive protection. You’ll sacrifice ease of access, but you’ll rest easier knowing only authorized individuals have entrance to your fenced-in area. These gates rely on a complicated hinge system that works best with vinyl, aluminum, and steel fencing. Therefore, they’re not a realistic option if you have your heart set on wood or chain link.
If your fence’s function is to provide a safe space for children and pets to play, a swinging gate may not offer the ideal security. Even with a latching mechanism, these gates could easily be opened by kids. Sliding panel locked gates offer the best protection, with additional measures, like a key card or pin code, required to access private areas. Gates also can utilize video monitoring equipment for optimal security. Whatever gate you choose, you want it to offer peak protection. Don’t be afraid to ask for professional advice from experienced installers, like those at Excel Fencing & Decking, as well as home security firms.
Gate Aesthetics & Installation
While it’s important to consider a fence gate that serves your specific needs, don’t discount your personal preference. If you want a gate that incorporates your initials or family crest, wrought iron is a sensible solution. For those who’ve dreamed of an arched entrance with lots of landscaping, a simple picket gate might be ideal. With so many styles available, find one that complements the fence and flows with the natural landscape. Sloping lawns often require a more involved installation, but it’s nothing our team can’t handle!
At Excel Fencing & Decking, we have been providing professional fence installations in Maryland for more than 20 years. Give us a call today so our experts can set you up with the perfect gate for your property.