HELP TOPICS: HOW TO SELECT A GATE
Select your gate style. Choose from our
Size of Opening
Determine the opening width.
Our in-stock gates come in 4 sizes: 12, 14, 16, and 18 feet. The sizes are "in
the clear" dimensions between gate posts and are not the actual gate
panel size. (Please check the gate spec drawings for exact gate dimensions
- available on the individual driveway gate style pages.) If you need
a specific size not shown in our standard sizes, we can create that size
for you as Custom Gates. Call us for more information: 1-800-234-3952.
In most cases a swinging gate (as opposed to sliding), swinging
on hinge posts away from incoming traffic and into the property
slopes up too steeply you'll need to have a gate that swings
away from the property and toward incoming traffic. A bi-parting
gate is best for a sloped driveway whether it swings in
or out. Note that our 12 ft gate is a single swing while the
14, 16, and 18 ft gates are bi-parting.
Curving vs. Straight Driveway
If the approach to your entry is a straight shot you
can use a smaller gate such as a 12' single if it clears your driveway;
if the approach is at an angle or if it curves sharply, consider using
a wider bi-parting gate.
Hanging the Gates
Our driveway gates are designed to be "stand
hang on their own set of gate posts. If you have a masonry
pillar it is, in most cases, best to set our posts just behind
A gate can be ordered without posts if you want it to hang
from your pillar but in that event you'll need an articulated
arm gate operator instead of the less expensive and easier
linear actuator type gate operator. Call us 1-800-234-3952 if you have
questions about this situation.
If your project calls for a sliding gate
please proceed to our