Buying a house in Colorado is a major investment. It’s only natural that you want to protect it at all costs. Maybe you’re thinking that a driveway gate is just what your property needs to keep it safe and secure. Not only does it keep intruders out, it can also help keep small children and pets in who otherwise might wander off, making it an all-around great investment.

Here, we’re going to look at the pros and cons of the various types of driveway gates in Denver.

Swing Gates

When it comes to driveway gates, swing gates are one of the safest and simplest options available. The two most popular options are finial tops and gothic looks; both adding beauty to the driveway and your property. Keep in mind that you need to consider the available space limitations and whether the gates will open inward or outward when choosing a swing gate. Do your research and hire a professional to take measurements and install the gate to be sure there’s no problems.

Because swing gates have fewer moving parts than sliding gates, the chances of wear and tear are reduced as is the costs for repair and maintenance. Swing gates are also quieter when moving than their counterpart. They will also add a good amount of protection, security, and sophistication to your residential property.

The biggest drawback of the swing gate is that they require a significant amount of space.


Sliding Gates

Sliding gates utilize less space and are more efficient for tight spaces than swing gates. This type of gate usually only requires 10 inches or so of width plus the gate’s length on the side of the gate. So, a five-foot fence would require 5 feet, 10 inches of space to accommodate its opening. A sliding gate is also the better option if you have any type of landscaping or a sloping driveway.

Sliding gates typically are more expensive to buy and install than other options. Because there are a higher number of moving parts, they tend to be noisier as well as high maintenance. The track must be cleaned of debris on a regular basis and the moving parts must be properly lubricated for it to operate correctly.

Manual or Automatic Gates

Honestly, automatic gates are the only way to go here. They are more convenient and provide ease of access to your property more than manual gates. These types of gates also help provide against intruders entering while protecting kids and pets from wandering away. Automatic gates are more durable than manual gates and are also considered an investment, increasing your home’s value if you decide to resell.

At Ozark Fence, we have been installing commercial and residential gates since 1985 for our customers in and around the Denver, Colorado area. Whether you have a specific gate in mind or would like our sales consultants to assist you with options and suggestions, we’ll help you find the perfect gate for your property and your family.