Some homeowners choose to include a gate when they put in a fence, and others don’t. If you’re “on the fence,” how can you decide? While gates do serve a decorative purpose, most people put them in because they have a specific function in mind. You might want to consider a gate if you’re in one of these situations.
You Need Easy Access
Fences are fantastic for keeping the outside on the outside, but they can become annoying if you need to jump across on a regular basis. Instead of having to go the long way around, you can put in a gate and save yourself some effort. This is especially true if you’re looking at a very long fence, or one that you’ll need to get to the other side of very often. Many farmers who drive across their land will have a gate so they can get their trucks in and out but keep their animals inside. Of course, you’ll also need a gate if you’re completely fencing in your yard— you’ve got to get in and out somehow, right?
You Want Security with Flexibility
Without a gate, your only option if you want easy access is to just basically leave a hole in your fence. This can clearly be problematic if your fence is designed as a security measure, like for a swimming pool or child’s playground, for example. A gate lets you keep your assets safe without giving up the option to come and go as you please. If you have an in-ground swimming pool, you may be required by ordinances in your area to have a gated fence around the property for safety reasons– and if you also have children or pets, this is something you’ll want to do anyway.
You Like the Look
Sometimes people just put in fences because they’re pretty, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Fences without gates may look choppy. When you envisioned your decorative fence, maybe you had a picturesque gate as part of that mental picture. We at Central Fence don’t think you have to have a certain purpose in mind to do what you want. If you like the idea of a gate, we say go for it– and we’ll help you do it.
If you’re considering a gate as part of your fencing project, come in and see us for a price estimate and professional advice on how to find the perfect addition to your yard.