driveway gateWhen visitors arrive at your home, their first impression is created not when they walk in your front door, but the moment they pull up outside your house. A tired and dilapidated old gate can really let your property down. One that doesn’t latch properly or is left swinging on its hinges can also present a safety hazard, and the lack of any gate at all could leave you open to unwelcome intruders of both the human and animal variety.

When you put so much care and attention into the interior or your home and your garden, it’s a shame not to give just as much thought to the thing that defines your boundary: the gate. We all like to have an attractive driveway, and we spend a great deal of money on paving and landscaping to achieve that aim. Adding a stylish gate can complete the look and set off your driveway to best advantage. When considering what sort of gate is appropriate for your driveway, there are a number of points to bear in mind.

First and foremost you’ll want to choose a gate which expresses your style, but is also sympathetic and complementary to the age, size and character of your property. Think about whether you should make a bold statement, or whether something that blends in with your existing wall or fencing would be more in keeping. Period properties always benefit from having authentic features, both aesthetically and in terms of value (take a look at this range of 19th century inspired driveway gates); newer homes may allow you to be more imaginative in your choices.

You should also consider how much time and effort you’re prepared to devote to maintenance. Wooden gates will require regular treatment to keep them weather-proof, but even with the most meticulous care they may still be susceptible to sagging and damage from the elements. Iron gates, on the other hand, require less upkeep and can be a great alternative if you’re looking for something more durable that will stay looking good for longer.

Working with a good quality supplier and fitter is a must. When you’re making an investment in something that should last for many years, it pays to use the best materials. Cutting corners will only reduce the life expectancy of your new gate.

Having a new gate installed can massively change the look and feel of your home. Not only is it an impressive architectural feature, it also ensures that children and pets can play in safety within its bounds. And if you should decide to sell your home, an elegant gate can really boost its kerb appeal and help increase its value. It’s amazing how much impact a gate can have, creating an impressive entrance and announcing your pride in your property.