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Making the Best Impression with Entrance Gates

22 September 2016 by Dan Rawling

So what do you need to think about for an entrance gate at your home, here are some really helpful questions to ask.

1. Why do you want a gate?

Start by thinking about what you want the gate to do, as this will narrow down your choices of gate styles that work for your requirements. 

Popular requirements include:

  • Security – keeping unwanted people out, or children/pets in
  • Improve your home’s value, and street appeal, or increase your usable outdoor area
  • Privacy, not only keeping out unwanted visitors but also prying eyes
  • Safety, for managed access to a pool or busy road etc...

2. What kind of gate do you want?

The quickest way to answer this is to ask for advice from an experienced gate dealer. They know the right questions to ask you and will help with recommendations, based on their years of experience. 

Ultimately help from a gate expert can save you from a costly mistake of a badly installed gate, which is not fit for its intended purpose. Done well, a gate is not only a practical solution but an attractive addition to your home.

Architectural Louvre Gate

3. How much will it cost?

That depends on what kind of gate you choose and whether additional options, such as automation will be included.  It is best to ask the experts for a proper quote, as they will price a gate for you once they have worked out exactly what you want. 

Keep in mind the importance of good quality when you make your final choice. A quality gate is designed for ease of use, durability and longevity, particularly important in the harsh NZ climate. A 5-year warranty on HomePlus gates and installation should go a long way for reassurance about our quality. 

4. Haven’t you got an off-the-shelf option?

Despite the increasing availability of standardised off-the-shelf building products, including gates, we don’t recommend these.    Apart from the problem of these generally being a lower quality product, how many homes have a “standard size” opening that fits a “standard size” gate straight off? Choosing standard means compromise and we don't think you should have to; our gates are custom-made to make sure the gate fits the opening perfectly.

As with any building product, design choices need to be balanced with practical considerations and vice versa. Our experienced dealers can work with you to come up with a gate solution, which is not only right for your unique situation but is built to last.     

For more help on what best suits your home and lifestyle, you can click here for more details or call your local HomePlus expert for advice on 0800 466 375.



about the author

Dan Rawling

A big fan of innovation and showcasing Kiwi projects and stories, Dan has an extensive Customer Service and Sales and Marketing background across a variety of industries.

You can contact Dan on 09 478 8018 or emailing [email protected]

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