Driveway Gates, also commonly referred to as Entrance Gates, Double Gates, Estate Gates or Front Drive Gates. Whichever way you refer to them as, there are many styles (with 100's of designs in each group) and all have a range of different materials to choose from. Before we look at the different driveway gate styles (such as standard double opening, sliding, 3/4 split etc) we'll discuss materials.
About Driveway Gates
Double Driveway Gates:
Double driveway gates. The most common style of driveway gate you will see. For most, standard 50/50 driveway gates work well. On most driveways, the gate will be installed to open inwards towards the drive (and property). Certainly in the UK, it is illegal to have a gate that opens out towards the highway. For double driveway gates to work, there must be adequate room behind the gate. For example, if each gate was 2m wide, there would need to be a minimum clearance of 2m. If one side is restricted and a standard double driveway gate doesn't work, see 3/4 split gates or sliding gates.
When it comes to fitting double driveway gates, it generally changes due to material. A wrought iron (or metal) gate would usually be hung between pillars or posts. This is due to the fact the gate doesn't have much privacy and a gate hung between pillars will look better than a gate that is hung from the back. With wooden gates, most will hang from the rear of the posts/ pillars. This keeps the clearance gap required for the gate to open to a minimum.
Below shows the general set up of both a metal driveway gate and wooden driveway gate. This is what we would recommend for our driveway gates.
Sliding Driveway Gates:
Sliding driveway gates. Useful driveway gate solution for those with a limited return space or for those wanting to get the most room from there drive. Due to how a sliding gate opens, it needs to have a larger area on one of the sides than the actual opening. For example. If the opening is 3m 048mm (10ft) wide you would need to allow an additional 0.9m (for overhang/ cantilever system) therefore, an area of 3.9m (12ft 11.5") would need to be clear at the side of the opening. For more info, see here.
There are two main ways to set up a sliding gate - either track or cantilever system. Both can be operated manually or by electric automation. The most cost effective (and easiest) system is track in the ground. Having wheels mounted to the underside of the sliding gate with a centre horizontal rail and guide rollers to work. When we install sliding gates, we always opt for the track in the ground set up... we also manufacture and sell our own "Sliding Gate Kit".
Bi-fold Driveway Gates:
Bi-fold driveway gates are entrance gates with an equal gate leaf split of 3 or more panels. Due to the nature of the gate, the design that works well with bi-fold gates is any flat top. The bi-fold gate is mounted to the pillar or post each side using large adjustable gate hinges. Usually a 36" set is more than capable of carrying required weight. The connecting gate leaf is then connected using a smaller hinge type. For bi-fold gates over 16ft, jockey wheels may need to be added to carry the gate. It IS possible to automate bi-fold gates to be electric. However, you do need special hinges as well as two automation kits. The average price of an automation kit is approx £1000 with the hinge system being approx £500 so you can easily add £2500 for the system alone (plus fitting charge and gate cost). Most people prefer to manual open bi-fold gates. Its cheaper and easier if leaving one part of the gate for pedestrian access.