Aluminum Gate Installation Made Simple


The aluminum fence has been purchased and installation is beginning but first you must plan where to put your gate within the fence line.  We can help!

The first step after you have decided where to place the gate is to start by digging the holes for the aluminum posts for your gate. As you are digging the holes you must make sure they are wider and deeper than the holes that have been previously dug for standard posts for the line, end, and corner.   Wider, deeper holes are needed for aluminum gate posts as they will be under heavy usage.  A bigger hole will mean that more concrete can be used when securing the post itself.   When sizing the width of the hole needed for your gate be sure to make plenty of room on all sides of the post for concrete. 

The depth of the hole needs to take into consideration a number of things including the frost line, the post length, the height of the fence, and the width of the gate. Living in an area where a freeze can occur the hole for the gate post should be dug deeper than the frost line.  Having the concrete below the frost line will prevent the footers from cracking over time.  Concrete must be installed at the bottom of the hole as well as around the four sides of the aluminum gate post

Once the first hole has been dug it is time to move on to the second hole.  The placement of the second hole will be solely dependent on the width of the gate. Aluminum gates are meant to be opened and closed.  A gate that is four feet has a gate frame of only forty-six and a half inches, the inside measurement, post to post will be forty-eight inches. This gives room for the installation of hinges and latches. 

Next comes the placement of the gate posts and the addition of the concrete.  Concrete should be added to the bottom of the hole before the placement of the post.  This helps to create a strong bond between the concrete and the aluminum gate post. It is important to keep your tape measurer available so that you can make sure your measurements are accurate throughout the installation of the posts and walkway gate. 

Once the post distance is achieved and the posts are leveled it is now time to slowly shovel in more concrete.  This process should be done with extreme care to prevent the movement of the gate post.  Concrete should fill the hole up until you have reached about four to six inches from the top of the hole. On top of the concrete you will add in a final layer of dirt which is packed tightly around the post to create a sturdy base for your gate. Again, throughout this process it is crucial that you maintain proper measurements and that the posts remain level.  The concrete should be allowed to completely set up and dry before the final step of hanging the aluminum gate and the installation of the hardware.

The final step of aluminum gate installation is to determine the direction in which the gate will swing.  Outward swinging gates will need hardware to be installed on the outside face of the fence line.  Vice versa for gates that will be swinging inward.  Hinges will be first installed on the frame of the gate.  In order for even weight distribution measure from the top and bottom of the gate for an even distance for installation of the hardware.  Once the gate hinges are attached to the gate frame it is time to anchor the gate to the posts.  This is a two-person job, one person to pick up the gate and hold it to the post and the other to fasten it down.  Lastly install the latch and there you have it, your aluminum gate will be installed!

iFenceUSA is an online distributor of wholesale aluminum fences and gates for residential, resort, commercial, and industrial installation.  As an industry leader in maintenance-free aluminum fencing products we have all your aluminum fence and gate needs covered.  More information can be found online at https://ifenceusa.com/.



The Installation of a Driveway Gate Creates an Impressive Entry


From walkways to driveways, a gate can transform the entire look of the landscape while adding a layer of security.  Aluminum estate gates alter the aesthetics of your home.  With curb appeal being an important factor in the way your home is viewed by outsiders, enhancements that not only add beauty but also security can make a big difference. 

Driveway gates are commonly installed either to large columns on either side of the drive or to heavy duty aluminum posts that are purchased in conjunction with the gate.  Driveway gates can be installed together or separate of perimeter fencing.  The design is truly customizable to that of what each individual user desires.  For some homeowners, their property is lined with wooded acreage that makes a fence unnecessary where as others have wide open yards that they are looking to completely secure.   Before ordering it is important to have a general understanding of what you hope to accomplish with the installation of an estate driveway gate

Small Estate Gates

Not all entry gates are grand in scale.  An aluminum entry gate that compliments your home and space is what is most important.  Some entryways are small in scale and a large driveway gate may be aesthetically overwhelming.  Choose an entry gate that fits your space.  The gate should first and foremost be realistic for your situation and needs. 

There are a variety of options to choose from at iFenceUSA for even the smallest of driveways.  Although for most smaller driveways a single gate is ideal, some homeowners desire the look and function of a double gate.  It is important that once the gate is installed it is functional and that vehicles of all sizes can still access the home.  Remember that large delivery trucks will still need to make their way up your drive on occasion.  The goal is not to make your small driveway smaller with the installation of a gate but to enhance and secure the existing space. 

Extra Wide Estate Gates

What happens when you have the opposite issue and your driveway is extra wide?  Believe it or not iFenceUSA has an aluminum driveway gate that will fit any size or shape driveway or entrance that exists.  Custom gates are our specialty and can come in any of the 18 styles we offer, with an arch, without an arch, with or without ornamental metal options, you name it and we can more often than not make it happen. 

The most important factor when ordering a driveway gate, small or large, is to take proper measurements.  There are a number of guides online at our website that will help you properly measure for the gate you desire.  The first measurement that is needed is between the two stationary posts (or columns) that the new gate will be attached to. It is important not to include the measurement of the posts, only the space between the posts is needed. 

The estate gate that you choose to install is totally dependent on the type of property you have, your exact need, and the image you hope to communicate.  When it comes to designing a gate or fence for that matter, your options are endless with aluminum.  The team at iFenceUSA can help you achieve a secure, eye-catching, operational aluminum entry gate for your driveway or walkway. 

iFenceUSA is an online distributor of wholesale aluminum fences and gates for residential, resort, commercial, and industrial installation.  As an industry leader in maintenance-free aluminum fencing products we have all your aluminum fence and gate needs covered.  More information can be found online at https://ifenceusa.com/.



Do Aluminum Driveway Gates Need To Attach To a Fence?


Homeowners should understand that although many times a driveway gate is attached to perimeter fencing it doesn’t have to be in order to be effective.  There are a number of ways in which an aluminum driveway gate can be installed.  Matching a fence to the entrance of the driveway can be preferable however is not necessary.  There are a number of options in driveway gate installation to ensure it is not only aesthetically pleasing but also sturdy and purposeful. 

The main purpose for installing an aluminum entry gate is to eliminate access to your home via the driveway.  Just as the main purpose for aluminum fencing is to add a barrier of protection.  It works both ways, fence and gates not only keep unwanted individuals out of your space, they work to keep the ones you want in. 

No two driveways are the same. Driveways come in a variety of shapes, lengths, widths, and even terrain.    The placement of your home’s entry gate is up to you.  Some homeowners choose to put the gate at the end of the driveway, near the street, while others choose to place the gate up towards the house.  The placement of your driveway gate will depend on your preference and landscape.  

Not only is a driveway gate aesthetically pleasing adding to the curb appeal of your home, it is helpful in creating a barrier between your home and the outside world.  Curb appeal is an important element in real estate.  The outside of your home gives buyers a glimpse on what they can expect on the inside. Driveway gates bring a space all together and help to present an entrance that is welcoming while securing the property. 

Aluminum driveway gates and fencing are just one way that homeowners use to separate their private space from the surrounding public space.  This helps to create a secure boundary that also deters thieves.  Seriously, breaking into a home is a lot easier when a thief doesn’t have to penetrate through an aluminum fence or driveway gate. 

If you don’t have an aluminum fence to attach a driveway gate to, don’t fret.  There are a number of ways in which an entry gate can be attached other than to a matching fence.   Driveway gates offer additional security to homes even when a fence is not in place.  A large entry gate can appear quite intimidating.

If your landscape is not set up so that your entrance gate can be attached directly to aluminum fence panels another option to consider is the installation of stone or brick columns on either side of the driveway.  This is another aesthetically pleasing option when installing a driveway gate.  Stone or brick columns add another dimension to the landscape. 

When installing a sliding or swing gate choose a style that compliments the existing space while adding a little flare to make an overall statement.  The end goal is to find a gate that presents a cohesive look and feel to your home and property. 

iFenceUSA is an online distributor of wholesale aluminum fences and gates for residential, resort, commercial, and industrial installation.  As an industry leader in maintenance-free aluminum fencing products we have all your aluminum fence and gate needs covered.  More information can be found online at https://ifenceusa.com/.



Creating a Standout Driveway with The Addition of an Aluminum Gate


First impressions count.  The outside appeal of your home has a great influence in how your property is viewed.  Having a functional entrance, one that stands out from the rest, is just one way to increase the aesthetics of the landscape.  A perfect way to do this is with the addition of an aluminum driveway gate.

Driveways exist for very realistic reasons. A driveway is just one avenue between outsiders and your home.  When a driveway gate is installed the access to your property is limited to only those individuals who you deem allowed to enter. We all want to keep our families safe especially when they are under our roof and an aluminum driveway gate is just one of the ways in which this is done. Thankfully the installation of a gate doesn’t have to sacrifice the beauty of your home and landscape. 

As with many purchases that can be made today, driveway gates can be bought online.  Purchasing larger scaled items like driveway gates online is not only easy but ultra-convenient as they are delivered directly to your home.   When an aluminum driveway gate is delivered to your home they will come with easy-to-assemble panels and posts.  Included will be instructions on assembly and installation.  There are several styles and types of driveway gates to choose from.  An aluminum gate can easily be chosen to coordinate with the style of your home and landscaping.  There are several ways in which you can make your new aluminum driveway gate stand out.

Aluminum Posts and Decorative Pillars

As you are shopping for an aluminum driveway gate you will start to notice that there are several different options that can be included to the gate to customize it just for your space.  Swing gate posts are a popular example of one way to really enhance the grandness of an aluminum driveway entry gate.  Stone and brick pillars on either side of the driveway are just one way to add depth and grandness to an ordinary driveway gate. 

Custom Aluminum Inlay

Inlays installed onto the aluminum driveway gate panel are another way in which you can enhance your new gate.  A custom inlay can be created in a number of different designs, from scrolls, initials, and emblems are all popular inlay options.  Many times, commercial driveway gates will be enhanced with a business logo to enrich the visit of the property.

Landscaping

The landscaping of your home including flowers, shrubs, trees, vines, and planters can be used to create interest to the entrance of your home.  Aluminum driveway gates are magnificent on their own but with the right landscaping a statement can be really made. 

Details and Colors

Similar to aluminum fence panels, aluminum driveway gates can be ordered in a variety of colors.  More often than not the gate that is chosen will match the color of the aluminum fencing around the perimeter of the landscape. Aluminum driveway gates are often ordered to match the details of the aluminum fence such as detailed handrailing, spear tops, and decorative finials. 

Additional Lighting

No one wants to enter their property in the dark.  Adding in some attractive lighting fixtures on the posts or the driveway perimeter creates a welcoming, safe entry and exit to the home.  In order to create a cohesive look, lighting can be installed to lead all the way to the main entrance. 

With a few minor choices a generic aluminum driveway gate can be turned into something extraordinary. 

iFenceUSA is an online distributor of wholesale aluminum fences and gates for residential, resort, commercial, and industrial installation.  As an industry leader in maintenance-free aluminum fencing products we have all your aluminum fence and gate needs covered.  More information can be found online at https://ifenceusa.com/.