A lot of people think automatic gates are for well-off executives, mob bosses, rich rappers with a lot of money and property to protect. Think again! These days driveway gates are less of a status symbol and more about practical protection when it comes to safeguarding your property. Let’s face it. In Sacramento, California, crime is a reality. And even if your garage has its own security features, things can happen. A driveway gate can enhance your security and better protect your property and family.
3 Types of Gates
Many garage door companies can create for you a custom gate. There are generally 3 design options for how they open. Sliding gates are ideal if you don’t have a lot of space. If you have fencing, the gate can slide parallel to the fencing without requiring much extra space.
Four fold gates are best for if you have a larger parking garage for a number of vehicles. These gates fold entirely clear of the opening. The advantage to these doors is you can see the entire door as it opens. This can minimize potential damage to your car.
Swinging gates are much more affordable than sliding gates. The gate has an on one end hinge that’s stationary and can swing open and closed on the other.
Like Doors, Gates Can Be Automatic
Much like installing an automatic garage door opener, automatic gates are pretty standard. They can operate via a remote or through a numbered keypad. The whole idea it to save yourself the inconvenience of opening and shutting the gate yourself.
What’s the Right Location for Your Driveway Gate?
This is often a decision best made with the consultation of an expert. Have a garage technician who specializes in gates come out and inspect your property and make some suggestions. It may be ideal from the street or perhaps a little further in on the driveway to allow access for UPS and postal deliveries.
The Value of Safety
A gate can enhance the security already present in your garage door and other alarm systems. This way you can confidently park outside of your garage without fear of car theft. This can be ideal if you have more cars than can fit inside your garage, or if you’ve converted your garage into a recreation area such as a TV room, bar, gym or office.