Cost of Installing a Driveway Gate
Guide to fitting a driveway gate with prices
Driveway gates require a lot of planning to get it right. Done well they offer a beautiful entrance to your home, done on the cheap without much thought and they create a bad first impression! Metal gates look great but they don't offer much in the way of privacy, whereas wooden gates can offer excellent privacy but do need regular maintenance to avoid rotting, twisting and warping!
Average prices quoted for driveway gate installation
Things to consider with driveway gate installation
The first thing to consider with driveway gates is positioning. The gates will direct cars to park in a certain area so you need to consider parking and also manoeuvring. If possible, you should try and avoid parking too close to the front door even though it seems more convenient for unloading shopping. You can get a wide range of standard gates “off the shelf” from many competing suppliers, but most of them also offer a bespoke service as plenty of gate openings in the UK are not standard sizes.
The different styles and shapes on offer include courtyard gates, estate gates, field gates and picket gates or palisade gates. Each type and size of gate has its place if you take into account the local area and the tyle of your own house. Design-based choices will also have practical considerations as the style of the gate can greatly affect privacy and security. Most people want good security from their gates but they also want to avoid their homes looking like Fort Knox! Big, solid gates obviously advertise high security, but they also tell potential burglars that there is probably plenty worth stealing behind them!
Driveway gates can cost anywhere from around £200 upwards, with automation kits on sale from £300 and intercom-style gate controls available for another £300. Installation costs extra unless you are a very accomplished DIY enthusiast, so the top of the range driveway gates can easily cost £5,000 or more!
Doing it Yourself
We all want to save money so it is no surprise that many consider fitting their own driveway gates to save hundreds of pounds on installation costs. But driveway gates can be very heavy and often require specialist fittings, plus they are always a two-man job. They can be tricky to set up right too. If the hinges are not adjustable and you are just slightly out when you install the gates, then expect lots of problems and a short gate lifespan. Imagine spending a fortune on gates then having them stick all the time or scrape along the ground when opened! Though it has to be said that if you are very good at DIY, you can probably make a decent job of installing gates, except when it comes to automation.
Although there are many automation kits available online for driveway gates you should not attempt this unless you have the relevant experience. Many report trouble with warranties as it can be unclear whether the gate automation kits are faulty or whether the problem was caused by poor installation! Better to have a single company supply and install the gates and any automation equipment, that way it is much more straightforward when/if something goes wrong.
Driveway gate checklist
- Almost any gate can be automated
- Driveway gates require very sturdy gate posts
- Standard size gates are cheaper but bespoke gates are readily available
- Avoid DIY gate automation kits
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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