A wrought iron garden gate can bring splendid beauty and charm to the decor of your home. However, you might be in a dilemma about choosing a gate- what type of gate is suitable? Whether a wood gate is good or a metal one? Why spend more money on a wrought iron gate? How to deal with the gate fabricators? These are only some questions that might bother you. Here are certain tips for helping you choose the right gate for right impression and of course, ultimate safety.
- If your driveway has a shorter width, you can go for a wooden gate. However, If the driveway is wide enough (greater than 10 feet in width), then the gate should be strong enough to span that distance. A wrought iron gate serves your purpose here. The weight of the wood naturally causes the gate structure to sag whereas a wrought gate is held together by welds and is more stable at joints.
- Wrought iron gates can be kept intact for many years. Just ensure that the pillars used for securing them are built with a proper base.
- After deciding the material of gate, measure the area where you wish to place a gate. Either a driveway or a walk gate, size is always important to your design.
- Decide about your style and budget. You can consult an ornamental wrought iron catalog which can be an online catalog too. You can even consult with a gate fabricator who are well-versed and can help you in designing process according to your home’s layout.
- Decide at this stage only, whether you want the gate to open the gate manually or with automatic gate opener. A bracket has to be attached to the gate if you want an automatic gate opener.
- Seek quotes from various wrought iron gate manufacturers/fabricators. Get the details about the quote and how the final price will be determined. This is required to keep your budget on track.
- Once you accept a bid on the basis of received quotes, call the fabricator to visit the job site and take precise measurements. They are must for calculating scale and to ensure your gate meets any applicable codes.
- Review the final drawing of the gate made by the fabricator. It should be proportionately spaced and must have all elements of the finished gate drawn.
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