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Metal Gates

Updated on August 27, 2013

There is something about a wrought iron or metal gate that just says sophistication. A metal gate, whether made of steel or iron, whether for the garden walkway or the drive, carries with it a mark of distinction that increases the beauty and value of any home in any town or city in the country. Metal gates add an accent of class while protecting your home and family like few other house accessories can.

Metal Gates can have a very artistic look to them.
Metal Gates can have a very artistic look to them.

Metal Gates for Every Purpose

One of the most popular places for a metal gate is the entrance to a driveway. Whether airy and sleek or more imposing and Old World, a metal driveway gate lets the world and your neighborhood know you value your house and its appearance.

Driveway gates are available in any style you need to accentuate and compliment your home’s architecture. Those with a colonial style home may wish for a wrought iron gate with simple, high bars that has about it the look and feel of American tradition and history. On the other hand, a Victorian bungalow would look great with a fancier ironwork driveway gate. Or, add a dash of New Orleans with fleur de lys and curlicues. In whichever driveway gate style you may choose, automatic openers are a convenience that can’t be beat.

Garden gates are also available in a rich variety of styles and can be used to add a dash of English estate, Tennessee plantation home, or West Coast Modern to your domicile. Garden gates, like driveway gates, are fashioned from a number of different metals, each with its own signature. Brushed aluminum gates are eye catching and modern while steel gates signify permanence and security.

You might also be in the market for a metal gate for the front entrance to your home, the gateway, so to speak, from the outside world to the inside. There is little better than the reassuring clang of a cast iron gate when you come home from work and shut the world behind you. Entrance gates, like the other kinds of gate, can be custom made to your exact liking or bought ready made for simple installation and use.

Custom-Designed and Pre-Made Gates

Depending on your needs and wants, you may be in the market for a one-of-a-kind metal gate or something a bit less expensive and ready made. And there are metal gate designers that offer every choice in metal gate you can imagine.

A good website to take a look at when shopping for metal gates is 4specs.com. 4specs is a home builder’s paradise of quality home building products, including metal gates for gardens, drives, and front entrances. Under the metal gate heading, you can find makers of custom-designed gates such as Hansen Architectural Systems, whose gates are the peak in architectural flair and craftsmanship, or the pre-made gates of Amazing Gates of America, a leading maker of easy to install metal gates.

Of course, factory made metal gates can be purchased from your local home building store. These gates, made of steel, aluminum, and iron, are perfect for the homeowner who wants the beauty and protection a metal gate can provide but at a good price point. Metal gates purchased at Home Depot or other hardware stores can be installed by your local contractor or, if you are handy and have the necessary tools, can make a good project for you and the family.

Protection and Durability

Security for your home and the people who live in it is your number one priority. A home should, and can be, a safe haven from the world. Metal gates, and the fences or walls they fit into, say to the world, ‘This home is my castle, my family’s sanctuary.’ Metal gates provide protection from the outside and keep those you want to keep inside, such as small children and pets, safely within.

Of course, you have a number of choices in materials from which a gate can be fashioned: wood, plastic, and metal. A well-crafted metal gate is going to literally last a lifetime, and even beyond. Galvanized, powder-coated steel gates will provide years of service without rust or breakage. Wrought iron lasts for centuries when kept well-maintained and will never, never go out of style. And aluminum gates, when made with care and craft, provide nearly maintenance-free use and protection for the discriminating homeowner.

Of course, make sure to check your warranties for service and replacement of gates, and deal only with reputable contractors and metal gates makers and providers. Doing so will ensure your enjoyment and use of a home gate for decades to come.

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      Sehnonimo 8 years ago from San Bruno, CA

      Thanks for the comment! I wanted to try and keep it short and sweet, so I didn't get into too much detail, but I'll try and add more later when I go back to edit it! Thanks again!

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      Mike Allin 8 years ago

      You don't get into much detail here on the types of metal for gates but Titanium is a great one. It is a bit on the pricier side as opposed to steel but its lighter, very durable and looks great.

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