When it comes to driveway gates, Denver has tons of options available, and many different locations will require different needs to be met. As everything has been designed to be “smart” now in society, automated driveway gates have become a pretty common addition for both residential households and businesses. This popularity has expanded and created several options for those looking into upgrading to automated driveway gates.

The Different Options Available

Feel a little overwhelmed? It’s understandable. This is a quick and easy guide to the customizable aspects of automated driveway gates.

Enforced Commercial VS. Residential

From simplistic, basic gates that use only the click of a button to highly enforced, key-coded entry and security system wired, you can choose your level of security. The big, bulkier gates with time release mechanisms, alarms, special codes, and intercom systems will be more expensive, but offer a layer of security that is vital to many businesses.

For residential use, the smaller gates without the bells and whistles are usually preferred, but you still have a level of customizability there, too. Maybe you want yours to include a camera!


Think about the different options you have for fencing, and then apply those to the idea of automated driveway gates. You can have just about the same flexibility with what you choose as you would for a regular fence, but you have to remember your gate is going to be more expensive, and used more often. Choosing a durable, sturdy material is the best way to keep yourself from needing repairs, or replacements, too soon.

Common choices for these driveway gates include:

  • Steel, usually in a black color, is most often used
  • Wood is a close second, and used most for residential homes
  • Iron is prettier, but pricer, choice and requires a bit more upkeep

Entry Choices

Since these gates aren’t manual, you’ll have to think about what you’d like to use for entry. Most companies, apartment complexes, or gated communities with automated gates will have a keycode, but more commonly for home residencies is a simple dash button.


Gates with an elevated sense of security will often have a keypad wired into the mechanics of your driveway gate. With approved key codes, you can restrict or allow access to those hoping to get through the driveway, and also keep a record log of who all got into the premises through the gate.


As the most simple option, the dash button is often the most commonly chosen for smaller locations. It works very much like an automated garage door. Simply press down the button when you’re in range, and the gate will open. The only problem is that you’ll not be able to welcome guests as easily without extra features to give remote access.


A popular choice for businesses with many employees or frequent off-site maintenance visits is a key card that be swiped. Your gate will read, record, track, and grant access depending on the card’s nature. Of course, you have to consider the extra cost of production for these cards, and the necessary additions to ensure the system works smoothly.