Tips for Choosing a Good Security Gate for Your Property

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Whether for home or for a commercial property, a good security gate can mean keeping out intruders and being able to control unwanted guests before they get to your front door. A security gate can also add a stately look to any residential or commercial property, if you choose one that is attractive as well as functional. Note a few simple tips for choosing a good security gate for your property.

1. Width

One mistake you want to avoid is creating a gate space that is too narrow for emergency vehicles to pass through. If you have a gate on a commercial property, you may be thinking only of delivery vehicles and cargo trucks, whereas fire trucks may be even wider and need more clearance. At home, you may only be thinking of the family sedan and may forget about emergency vehicles that may need to reach the house through your gate. Since the width of emergency vehicles may vary from location to location, you might call your local city clerk's office or fire department and ask about the width of their trucks so you know you get a gate that can accommodate.

2. Material

Stainless steel is usually best for a security gate, as it's difficult to break through even with a moving vehicle. Wood can look good, but it's somewhat easy to break through. If you prefer the look of a wood gate but want the integrity of steel, look for a gate with a steel inside which is then covered by wood layers or skins. This will give you the look you want without compromising the strength of a security gate.

3. Style

Are you looking to keep out pedestrians as well as vehicles? Then you typically need a tall gate with vertical bars that are difficult if not impossible to scale. A solid gate that doesn't allow a toehold can also be good, and it can block the view of the property so potential intruders cannot see your home or commercial building and note any security vulnerabilities it may have. You might also choose a mesh gate with a very small mesh that doesn't provide a toehold, and which blocks off the view of the property; this might be more affordable than a wrought iron or wood gate. If you're just looking to stop vehicles, a smaller gate can be less obtrusive and may be lighter, so it's less likely to put added wear and tear on the gears, chains, and other pieces that may soon wear out.