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Driveway gates are a great way to add security to your property while also serving as an aesthetic perimeter. Andrew-Thomas Contractors is a licensed fence and driveway contractor serving Denver and its surrounding areas with high-quality driveway gates. Andrew-Thomas Contractors always gets permits as needed and use the highest quality materials, so whether you need a fence to prevent your packages from getting stolen or to better define the boundaries of your property, Andrew-Thomas is here to help you at any time. Servicing both repairs and new installations year-round, you can contact Andrew-Thomas Contractors to get a free estimate for your project.

Not sure what kind of driveway gate or fence you want?

This is surprisingly common, as there are a lot of different types of driveway gates to choose from that all serve different uses. With our help, you’ll easily find a driveway gate specifically tailored to you and your needs.

Types of Driveway Gates and Their Uses

Although there are many types of gates, they can be categorized into two main groups: automatic and manual.

Automatic Driveway Gates

This is the most popular type of driveway gate—automatic driveway gates open automatically when you approach them. With no key or button to press, they are able to be opened by anything that triggers the sensor. They are often equipped with sensors that can detect movement, either from a person or something larger, like a car or truck. Automatic gates are typically used for vehicle entrances and are usually the most convenient gate to have, so much so that you might even forget that it’s there!

Manual Driveway Gates

This is the second more popular type of driveway gate. Manual driveway gates don’t come with sensors and require you to physically open them.

Manual gates are common for pedestrian entrances, but it is also common for people to set up a driveway gate with an automatic section for cars and other vehicles to enter and a manual section for people.

These two categories are broad, though, and it’s also important to consider what kind of property you want to install a driveway gate for. The situation that the driveway gate is required for, whether it is for a residential, commercial, rural farm, or mountain property, can change the type of gate that would work best.

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For Residential Properties

Driveway gates for residential properties are the most versatile. Of course, the specifics of the customization of your driveway gate depends on your home. Things like size and opening action are easy to design, as that is dependent on the space that you have on your driveway.

Other things to consider are security and accessibility. How secure do you want your home to be? Do you want to be able to have hands-free access? Do you want the driveway gate to open for cars only, or do you also want pedestrian access? Another important thing to think about is safety around your driveway gate. If you have children or pets that could get caught in the mechanism of the driveway gate, you may want to install some safety features.

Once you’ve figured this out, there are a lot of things you can customize for the design of your driveway, including material, color, and shape. There are hundreds of previously designed driveway gates you can browse and choose from.

For Commercial Properties

If you’re seeking a driveway gate for a commercial property, you have very different needs than a residential property. Many commercial properties prioritize security over design. However, you can have both. The most secure driveway gates often have a sleek, minimalistic design. This can be combined with various security features, such as an intercom for communication, or any type of lock from keypads to sensors to card readers.

For Rural Farms

Driveway gates for rural farms should not only be secure but also safe for livestock. If you’re looking for a fence for your farm though, you can still have a beautifully designed driveway gate. Some features that can be useful to keep the fence safe and functional are additional sensors to stop the gate immediately if it finds something in the way. You may also want to check for sturdier materials to make sure the driveway gate lasts. Keep reading if you want to know the difference the right material can make for your driveway gate.

For Mountain Properties

Mountain properties may be the most limiting for driveway gates. Depending on the terrain and environment, you may be looking for a specific size and opening action. However, there are still many accessories open for you to choose from. You’re welcome to add any extra security details as well as choose the type of lock that fits your lifestyle the best. Perhaps most importantly, though, you should make sure you find the right material for your driveway gate.

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Wooden Driveway Gates

Driveway gates made out of wood can be a beautiful piece of art. Especially for a residential property, wooden fences can complement a well-groomed garden without being too imposing. However, wood can also be heavier than other materials, so it’s not ideal for larger gates. Another issue to factor in when considering wooden driveway gates is durability—while wood is an attractive material visually, it is a natural material that will degrade over time unless maintained.

Wrought Iron Gates

Driveway gates crafted out of wrought iron are extra durable and can withstand all sorts of harsh climates and conditions. Although using wrought iron can be more expensive, it can be worth it if your property is in a very windy place or surrounded by dangerous animals. Gates made from wrought iron also can help curate a distinct aesthetic for your driveway and house—these gates are in style and will never go out.

Benefits of Driveway Gates

Picking a driveway gate for your property can be hard because there are so many choices. But there are many benefits to having a driveway gate, which can make your property more secure while also being aesthetic. An automatic driveway gate can be extraordinarily convenient, while a manual gate can balance both convenience and security.


Now that you have an idea of what types of driveway gates there are, you can make an informed decision on what kind you want for your property!

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Great experience with a company that has served Arvada and surrounding communities for many years. Received a fair, accurate estimate... a firm start date that the company honored... efficient installation and full clean up. With all the new construction on the NW side of town, fencing services are in demand and it is not cheap... but if you want a reputable company with a history of keeping its commitments, A-T Contractors is a great choice.
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Julia Perry
These guys were great! Kyle was very forthright in the scheduling and pricing. The team was extremely professional, finished the job in a timely fashion (1.5 days as promised) and did an excellent job constructing our fence. Our gate is on a hill so they had to custom build it and it really looks fantastic. I would definitely recommend!
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