Gates, like fences, come in a variety of different styles, sizes, and can be built from a multitude of materials: aluminium, steel, timber, wrought iron. A gate is a functional outdoor doorway to allow passage from one side of the fence to another but it can also be an artistic statement.
Careful consideration should be given to gate selection. While a gate is meant to allow people or cars to pass through the fence it should also fulfil the same purpose of the fence itself. For instance, if you have a high style privacy fence then you will want a gate that will provide the same level of protection and privacy. Likewise, if you've chosen a low ornamental garden fence then you will want a gate to match that same style.
When choosing a gate think about the following:
- Style. Select a gate style that will fit with the overall look of your house, fence type and the neighbourhood.
- Purpose. Do you need privacy, security or containment?
- Budget. Take into consideration both initial costs of the gate as well as long term maintenance
- Regulations. Check your local council for building codes and regulations for gates, particularly pool gates
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