How Do You Install A Metal Driveway Gate?
Metal Driveway gate gives a unique look to your home and can add more security. You can choose sliding or swinging driveway gates, depending on your landscaping. By far the best way to install these metal driveway gates is to first purchase a gate kit along with a separate post kit. That way, you will be able to have the right size posts and all the hardware you need.
Read the Manufacturer's Warranty Thoroughly
Some warranties will be voided in case you install metal driveway gates yourself instead of hiring a professional.
Level the Ground
It's essential to make sure that the ground where your metal driveway gates will open is leveled or that it drops in the direction that the driveway gates open. If it's not level and goes up in elevation, it can prevent your iron drive gates from opening correctly. Since sliding driveway gates do not open, this is not a problem, but you will have to make sure that the ground does not go up in elevation on both side of the driveway.
Measure for the Posts
Read the gate manufacturer's directions about where and how to set your posts. Each gate kit might be different from others and requires a different number of inches added to the width of the gate so as to set the posts correctly. These posts will similarly have certain markings showing where the bottom of the metal gate will be when everything is set up. These might need to face a certain direction and have at least three inches of clearance between the ground and the markings. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions as they will vary by the gate size and style, and how the gates latch.
Dig Post Holes
When you find the measurements you need and mark where post holes should be, contact your local authorities to ensure there are no underground lines in the areas you will be digging. Once you are sure that it's safe to dig, make use of the post hole digger to dig spots on both sides. You can dig 6-inches deeper than needed and fill those extra inches with the help of concrete to prevent posts from settling and causing issues with the gate later.
Mount the Posts
Place one post in the hole first and make use of a plumb-bob and level to ensure it's perfectly straight both vertically and horizontally. At that time place the other post in the hole and use a string level to ensure it's the same height. The proper leveling and placement of the posts is the most challenging part of metal driveway gates installation, therefore spend a lot of time on mounting the posts.
Install Metal Driveway Gates According To the Manufacturer's Instructions
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully since each gate will have its own special guidelines. As long as your posts were mounted properly, you should have no problem mounting your metal driveway gates successfully.