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The 4 most popular driveway gate styles

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The 4 most popular driveway gate styles

Driveway gates play a huge part of a property’s aesthetic and many people consider them to be an extension of their home. They also make up a significant part of your home’s exterior, so even if you see your driveway gate as a completely separate utilitarian feature, you can’t deny the impact it can have on the overall appearance of a house.

 Luckily, driveway gates come in a variety of styles. There are many different materials to choose from, starting with basic wood and steel to more complex composite designs. However, a driveway gate’s style goes beyond the material it’s constructed from, as there are many different designs that can drastically change its appearance. The style you choose depends solely on your personal preference although it’s a good idea to consider the overall style of your home, whether it’s more rustic, classic, or modern. If you’re having a difficult time deciding which is the best fit for you, take a look at 4 of the most popular driveway gate styles.


1.  Modern Gates

A driveway gate in a modern style is identifiable by its contemporary patterns as well as clean and straight lines. While curves or arches can make an appearance in some modern driveway gates, they predominantly feature sharp straight lines and a more angular overall design. Modern driveway gates can be made from both wood and metal, however they also commonly feature fresh or unusual colors and finishes. Many homeowners who opt for a modern gate also choose a custom design made specifically for their property.


2.  Streamlined Classic Gates

Streamlined classic gates are usually simple in their overall design, as they’re created with a more utilitarian approach. They’re simply there to do their job and not draw attention away from the rest of the property. Streamlined gates are most often metal (iron or steel) and have a design that allows for a clear view of the home. Their top edge is often arched or scalloped which adds to their classic appearance without being too showy.


3.  Ornate Classic Gates

Ornate classic gates are also iron gates but they also go way beyond their basic function in terms of design. This style of gate incorporates various flourishes, intricate elements and other embellishments into its design. Spirals and curves are common features as well as interesting finials and knuckles. The pillars anchoring the gate tend to be just as ornate as the gate itself and many homeowners also choose to add elaborate light fixtures to illuminate their gate and driveway. 


4.  Ranch Style Gates

Ranch style driveway gates (also called farm style) are a popular choice for homeowners who prefer a more rustic aesthetic. They’re most often made from wood or composite materials and as such they complement the natural surroundings of the property. Style-wise, they’re often simple with an emphasis on function over an elaborate design. However, it’s becoming more and more common for homeowners to choose a ranch style driveway gate with a more modern spin and customize it with bright colors.

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