Residential Driveway Gates – How Will You Choose The Best?

Are you planning to buy a driveway gate for your residence? Well, there are a number of options. But there are certain things that you need to keep in mind while purchasing the residential driveway gate.

  1. Which Gate Is Better – Automatic Or Manual?

You must know that both automatic and manual gates are available in the market. While the automatic ones are convenient and password protected, you need to gate out of your car to close the manual gate every time you leave or enter the house. The former ones are costlier because of their modern features.

  1. How Sturdy The Gate Is?

You will buy a driveway gate not only for increasing the décor of your abode, but mainly for enhancing the security of your residence. In that case, opt for a sturdy as well as tall gate and spikes on the top will be like cherry on a cake. You also need to decide the pattern of lock.

  1. How Is The Gate Made?

Different types of materials like plastic, wood, wrought iron are used to make these gates. Similarly they are obtainable in different types of colors. Thus, it is totally up to you which material and which color you will choose for the driveway gate.

  1. How Will You Open The Gate?

In the market both sliding-open and swing-open doors are available. In case of the latter, there are both single swing and double swing options. So, buy the one that suits your purpose the most.

Has The Driveway Gate Become Old? Make It New

It is obvious that after a few years of using, the driveway gate of your residence will become old, rusted and you may require repairing. What will you do?

  • Well, if the gate has become rusted, scrub it thoroughly to remove the rust.
  • Before applying the primer, make sure that the surface is completely smooth.  Take sandpaper or a steel scouring and rub the gate with it to make the surface utterly smooth.
  • Once the rubbing is done, clean the gate with a rag so that the loosened rust particles get cleared.
  • Now you have to take an abrasive pad, smaller one, or a steel wool in order to clean the residual rust. First identify which parts of the gates need more rubbing, in general, the corners or the crevices need extra rubbing.
  • Before applying the paint on the gate, apply a good quality primer so that the gates become stronger and the paint lasts for longer. It is good to opt for the alkyd-base primers instead of the conventional ones.
  • Last, but not the least, apply the paint. However, please wait for the primer to dry completely. Once you are sure that it is dried, apply the paint. If needed, apply a second coat of paint to give a smooth finish.