Long® Fence furnishes gates with your fencing in order to allow access or to restrict or limit access to your property, garden or pool.
A fence is not complete without a gate. If you have a pool fence, a walkway fence, or a garden fence, then you'll need a pool gate, a walkway gate, or a garden gate.
When it comes to choosing the right gate for your property, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind, from the height and width of the gate to the material and design. Gates should complement the beauty of the fence and the rest of the property while providing the level of security you need to protect your property.
What features you look for in a gate depends on what kind of gate you need. There are three main types of gates found in yards:
- walkway gates
- pool gates
- garden gates
- double gates
Each has unique features and designs that meet local regulations while adding to the beauty and functionality of your landscaping.
If you are considering purchasing a gate, look no further than Long® Fence. Our representatives will help you determine the perfect gate for your property. They will take into account county and city codes and homeowner association restrictions. For more information on the best gate for your home, request a Free Estimate or call us today at 1-800-917-5664.
When someone enters your property on foot, the walkway gate is often the first thing they see. When closed, it completes the fence that protects the home from animal or human intruders, and when open, it welcomes guests into your home. Choosing the right walkway gate adds to the beauty and safety of your property.
Walkway gates range from ornate and eye-catching to non-descript and straightforward. Whether they stand out from the rest of the fence depends on the design you choose. For example, an arched walkway gate adds an air of elegance to a flat fence top. On the other hand, a gate that exactly matches the design and pattern of the fence blends into the yard. A matching gate may be the best option for side gates and back gates that should not be noticeable.
Some homeowners choose to embed symbols such as a family crest or initials into a wrought iron gate to truly make it stand out. A flourish like this can give an air of elegance and grandeur to the entrance to your property. Subtler patterns within the design can also add beauty and style to your gate. Whatever you choose, our team of professionals can customize the gate you want to meet your specific needs and desires.
Balancing Beauty with Security
Walkway gates often represent the most vulnerable spot in your fence. It is, after all, the spot that you want people to breach. A strong fence with an easily-penetrable gate makes the entire fence much less secure. It's thus important to ask yourself how effectively a gate would stop a potential trespasser from entering your property.
There are several factors to consider when examining gate security. The most obvious is the height. Walkway gates are sometimes as low as 3 or 4 feet high, but if your primary concern is security, you may want to consider a 6-foot high gate. Another factor is how easy or hard the gate is to open. A locked gate with a traditional lock, keypad, or automatic sensor is the most secure option. You can also choose designs that include spikes at the top to deter anyone from attempting to climb over the gate.
Not all gates need to be designed for maximum security. If the primary purpose of your fence is to keep pets or small children from wandering off, then a shorter gate with a simple latch high enough to evade the reach of a small child may be a good option. This may also be a good option if your goal is to keep deer or other animals from entering your property and eating your plants.
Materials for Walkway Gates
Like fences, walkway gates can be made out of wrought iron, aluminum, wood, or vinyl. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Wrought iron is a tough and malleable substance that can be welded into various designs and patterns. The process makes wrought iron ideal for ornate walkway gates.
Aluminum is a very acceptable alternative to wrought iron and much more resistant to corrosion. It is lightweight but durable, which makes it a reliable choice of material for fences and gates. Unlike wrought iron and wood, aluminum gates do not need repainting or staining. In fact, they can last decades with little to no maintenance. They also come in a variety of styles and colors, giving you some flexibility to determine how you want your gate to look.
Wood and vinyl gates are also options. They provide more privacy than wrought iron and aluminum gates, and they can be painted in a broader range of colors. Wood fences are the least expensive option in the short run. Vinyl is more costly upfront, but its synthetic composition makes it resistant to the elements and thus easier to maintain.
Walkway gates are not the only type of gate you may need in your yard. If you have a pool, you may need to install a pool fence and gate as a safety measure. Whether you realize it or not, your pool is probably the most dangerous part of your home.
Our pool gates are durable and designed to provide maximum safety and comfort. You can choose from several materials and styles to find a gate that matches existing fencing, as well as the design of your pool, landscape, and house. We offer ornamental iron, aluminum, vinyl, and chain link pool gates. Give us a call today, and our expert designers and craftsmen will work with your individual needs and desires to create the perfect gate for your home and pool.
Meeting Pool Code Regulations
Because pools can represent a risk, local governments regulate pool fences and gates. Our chain link pool fences and gates meet all of these regulations and have the right safety features while also giving you the flexibility to have a fence that fits into the design of your yard.
According to most government-issued pool code, the fence and gate must meet regulations on height, space between the pool and ground, mesh size, and spacing between pickets. Gates must close and latch automatically and should open outwards away from the pool. Latches on gates are designed in a way that children 2 years old and younger cannot open them.
Installing pool fencing and gates can be complicated. Local regulations, permit requirements, and codes can be confusing and time-consuming. But not to worry. Our team of experts has extensive knowledge about local codes and regulations, so you won't ever have to worry about permits, zoning, or fulfilling safety requirements.
Unlike walkway gates and pool gates, the primary goal of a garden gate is rarely security. Instead, garden gates give a yard character and charm, while also preventing small animals from entering and eating the plants. This gives homemakers a lot of freedom in choosing the right gate for their garden.
The first aspect of a garden gate to consider is the material. Many homeowners choose to go with a vinyl picket gate to give their garden an inviting feel. This also gives homeowners the chance to add personal touches, such as a floral basket hung over the fence. Another option is using the pickets as a trellis and planting flowering vines or roses.
Vinyl isn't the only option. Wrought iron or aluminum can also add beauty to a garden while providing a strong barrier against deer and other animals. This material also gives homeowners the option to embed garden gates with ornate designs. Vinyl and wrought iron gates can also be combined with a stone wall to create a more old fashioned, earthy look.
Customizing your walkway, pool, or garden gate
As you can probably tell, choosing the right gate is not as easy as it may at first appear. From the material and color to the height and design, there are a lot of options when it comes to finding the perfect gate for your property. At Long® Fence, we understand that one size doesn't fit all. That's why all of our gates can be customized to match any fence style at specific widths and heights to meet your needs.
To learn more about our gates, give us a call today. Our team of qualified professionals is eager to help you begin your journey to find the perfect walkway, pool, or garden gate for your property. You can also request a Free Estimate to find out what gate options are within your budget.
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