Fence gates may only make up a small percentage of the overall fencing perimeter, but considering that they are the sole point of access to the inside of your yard, they are one of the most important elements of a highly functional fence installation. We know all about fence gate installation and repair, so if you’re in the market for a new fence in the Greeley area, we’re ready to handle both the fence itself and the adjoining gate.
Gates can be made out of a variety of materials, just like the fencing itself, and it’s usually best to match your gate to the same material as your fence proper. Whether your fence is made from wood, vinyl, chain links or wrought iron, we can install for you a gate to match. Gates come in a variety of sizes, both in terms of height and width. Usually height is matched to height of the fence, but width can vary pretty strongly depending on the specifications of your driveway and your exact needs.
Swinging or Sliding?
The manner by which gates function is divided into two styles: swinging and sliding. Swinging is usually the more popular choice due to it being easier to implement. In-swinging is often preferred to out-swinging but both are possible to install depending on the exact situation of your gate area. Sliding is usually the most feasible path when a steep grade on either side of your driveway prevents swinging gates from being installed and functioning properly. Sliding gates will tend to incur a bit less wear and tear than swinging gates, and thus last longer.
One feature that can take your fence to the next level is automation. This is especially handy for driveway gates, where it can be a real hassle and inconvenience to exit your vehicle in order to open the gate every time you drive in or out of your home.
Gate security can be provided by a number of accessories such as keypads and intercoms. Automatic vehicle detection can be used to provide easy exiting without inconvenience. There are also safety measures like sensors to detect if something or someone is in the way of the gate’s closing, which will stop or reverse the gate to prevent any potential damage or injury.
Gates require somewhat more maintenance than the rest of a fence installation in order to ensure continuous smooth functioning. The hinges and moving parts should be lubricated to keep the opening motion working uninterrupted, and to avoid development of rust.
Gate Safety Tips
Fence gates, especially automatic ones, can cause injury if the proper precautions aren’t taken. Children should never be allowed to play on or near the gate, particularly when in operation. Fingers and hands must be kept away from any areas near where the gate closes and pinches. If you have remote control of your gate, you shouldn’t operate it without a clear visual on the gate to be able to tell if anyone or anything is obstructing it. The gate should never need to be reached through in order to operate it. If you follow these tips, you’ll enjoy safe and long-lasting use of your gate installation.