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Posted on 22/09/2016 by Joanna Wellwood, HomePlus

Making the Best Impression with Entrance Gates

So what do you need to think about for a 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, 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 ask for advice from an experienced gate dealer.  They know the right questions to ask you and will help with recommendations, based on their vast experience. 

Ultimately help from a gate expert could save you from a costly mistake of a poorly done 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.

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. 

Pool Gate manufactured from matching Contemporary fencing

Keep in mind the importance of good quality gates when you make your final choice.  A high quality gate is designed for ease of use and longevity, which is particularly important in a harsh NZ climate. A 5 year warranty on HomePlus gates and installation goes a long way to reassuring you 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.

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