Driveway Gates Installation
Why You Should Do Driveway Gate Installation
Even though it costs thousands of dollars to complete, we think you should do a driveway gate installation project. Why?
There are several reasons why you should install a gate in your driveway. One of the biggest reasons is safety. Imagine, if you will, that your property is not fence so there is no need for a gate. You actually make yourself more vulnerable to burglary attacks.
Another reason for putting a gate on your driveway is that it can actually increase the value of your property. It would seem that buyers put a premium on property that has a fence and a gate as well. But even if you have no plans of selling your property, you should set your sights on a driveway gate installation. For one thing, it’ll make your property look good.
When it comes to the actual installation, there are actually two ways that you can do it. It’s either you do it yourself, or you have a professional contractor do it for you. If you have the time and the patience, and if you have steady hands, then by all means install your driveway gate by yourself. You will definitely save on labor costs. As it is right now, the cost of a gate minus labor costs is around $3000. This includes the cost of the gate itself, concrete, posts to hang your gate, door opener, and battery or solar panel to power the opener .
But if you feel that you can’t do it DIY, feel free to find an installer on websites like Yelp or Angie’s list. When it comes to hiring, never, ever hire the first contract or you meet on the Internet because you’ll be closing yourself to opportunities of finding the best priced service.
What you want to do is to get a quote from at least three different installers and have them send the quote to you as a legal document so you don’t run into surprise charges. Compare the quotes apples-to-apples, from the price to the terms and conditions. Before anything else, though, make sure that the contractors in your shortlist are highly reputable local businesses. On Yelp and Angie’s List, it’s easy to know which ones are worth your time just by looking at the star ratings and reading the customer reviews.
If you search for it online, you will see that there are many types of driveway gates available. There are simple gates and there are those with an ornate design. We are not going to tell you which type of design is best for you. You’re the only one who can judge that for yourself, you and a landscape artist.
If you decide on doing the installation by yourself, make sure to have extra hands ready to help you. We really do not need to tell you, but installing a gate is a lot of manual work. You have to measure, dig, stick, install, among other things that you need to do.