Factors To Consider When Installing GatesPosted: November 12, 2012
If you are like many homeowners, you will understand the importance of security. As such one of the most basis and simple ways of increasing such security is to install new gates to the vulnerable access points around the home and garden.
With such a vast array of styles and designs on offer, it is essential that careful consideration if taken in order to specify the correct ones. There is no point installing a product that you think is going to provide security only to find out it was not up to the job when it really mattered most.
As such by taking into account some of the following factors you should be easily able to specify the correct gates to your home.
Location of the Gates
Depending upon the location the gates are going to be installed will depend upon the best types available. Starting from the street, most homes tend to have at least one pedestrian access point and one vehicular access point.
With this in mind, the majority of single gates tend to only be around 3ft in height and act more as a psychological barrier than offering any real security as they can be easily climber over. The same can also be said about low driveway gates. Where these differ however is they will securely protect your car preventing it being removed from the drive without your knowledge. For the most effective security possible, the installation of taller metal gates is the ideal solution however as this is not always possible, anything is better than nothing at all.
Design of the Gates
Gates should be selected on the design that best fits the architectural design of the home. There is no point putting an ornate design into a modern setting because it will look strange. The easiest way to find the correct design is to look at the overall look of the home and try and match the gates style to that. For example, a home with clean lines will benefit more from a simple basic vertical design gate being installed whereas the reverse would be true if installing into a period property or country cottage.
Even though most gates look very similar from a distance, once you get up close there are big differences in the quality and grade of the materials used to construct them from. With cheap gates being flimsy and easily bent, it is often a false economy to install them as they will more than likely need replacing in no time at all. For a high quality metal gate, the frames should be made from box sections for strength and stability and the infill bars should be a between 10mm – 16mm thick.
Most basic gates do not offer a locking facility and therefore benefit from being upgraded with either a mortice deadlock or some form of padlock. This way you can be sure that they will remain closed at all times when access is not required.
In conclusion, with a wide range of products available to increase the levels of security you can benefit from, one of the easiest and most affordable solutions is to install some metal driveway gates or garden gates to your homes vulnerable access points.