Guide to Choosing a Driveway Gate

A driveway gate helps control access to your property. But it’s more than just a security feature. It can have personality and add curb appeal. There are many considerations when choosing a gate for your driveway. In this guide, we’ll look at the types of gates, design elements, accessories, and other things to consider when planning to add or update your driveway gate.

Choose a Material

At Mesa Garage Doors, we’re known in Southern California for our custom wood gates. We use mahogany, redwood, and the finest materials to ensure every driveway gate we install meets your functional and aesthetic needs. Wood provides flexibility for customization and can accommodate various colors and textures, but other materials can be used, such as:

  • Steel: Powder-coated steel is easy to manufacture and customize and is preferred for its durability and security.
  • Iron: Iron has the strength and durability of steel and has aesthetic benefits; it’s also long-lasting if well-maintained.
  • Aluminum: Being lightweight suits aluminum for larger gates; it’s also rust-resistant and affordable.
  • Glass: Glass can add a contemporary look to a driveway gate (within an elegant steel frame), be finished in almost any color, and be decorated in sophisticated ways.

Decide on a Theme

The gate should blend in with your home’s exterior. Wood or steel work with a modern-style home, while a picket fence and gate go well with Craftsman-style homes. Other gates are suited for European, gothic, colonial, and other styles. Many gates have an open picket design, but if you prefer privacy, you can choose a more solid material, which also protects against people and animals from outside.

Select a Size and Shape

The required width is straightforward to measure. But the height of the gate is often your call. A standard height is fine if the gate isn’t meant to stand out. If you prefer large and grandiose, go with a taller gate. But remember the taller and larger the gate, the more material you’ll need, and generally the higher the cost.

Driveway gates can also incorporate almost any kind of shape. Most residential gates have vertical pickets surrounded by a solid frame. Simple rectangular gates have a flat top. Arch-top gates are also common. They can have a smooth top or the pickets can extend above the top, creating points that extend above the arch.

Operational Considerations

Driveway gates can be manual or electronic. Many people don’t mind walking to the gate and opening it by hand. If you have a long driveway and often have visitors, that might not be the case. An electronic gate offers the benefit of remote control operation. Other features and options include:

  • Direction of Movement: Whether you want the gate to open to the left or right is a matter of style and available space. If space is at a premium, a sliding gate is best.
  • Remote Access: For your convenience, some gates can be set up with remote entry, so you can use your phone to open, close, and lock/unlock it.
  • Gate Alarms: An alarm can alert you if someone tries to tamper with the gate, climb over it, or break into your home. 


Numerous accessories are available for driveway gates. The most frequently used accessories include:

  • Sensors: Motion sensors can activate lights and video, while vehicle sensors trigger the gate automatically when a vehicle enters and exits. Photo beams can add safety for occupants and visitors.
  • Programmable Timers: Using a timer, the gate can be shut and locked automatically or opened during specific time frames.
  • Access Controls: A basic pin pad allows one to enter a passcode to open the gate. Card readers let anyone with a card quickly gain entrance. With a wireless intercom, you can communicate with visitors without going outside.
  • Maglocks: Able to withstand great force, magnetic or solenoid locks engage electronically, so provide more security than other locking systems.
  • Solar Panels: Standard gates operate via electricity, but some gates can be wired to solar panels so you can rely on clean energy.

Professional Installation

Installing a driveway gate yourself isn’t a good idea. Hiring a professional ensures installation is done properly and all requirements are met. The job requires a variety of skills, including metalworking, hardware installation, and software programming. Electrical, masonry, and landscaping work may also be required. A professional will make sure the gate is set up properly and runs smoothly and safely.

The installation process is generally as follows:

  • A design consultation with your contractor
  • A review of design ideas, materials, and accessories
  • Receive an estimate for the installation
  • Sign the contractor’s agreement and authorize them to begin the project
  • Grading, leveling, wiring, and other types of preparation
  • Installation of your driveway gate
  • Testing of locks, safety controls, and other functional elements

Contact Mesa Garage Doors

We install high-quality driveway and pedestrian wood gates, all fabricated in our Southern California shop. Our team works with your ideas and can provide an array of custom options. To request a consultation and estimate, call (714) 844-5741 today.A driveway gate helps control access to your property. But it’s more than just a security feature. It can have personality and add curb appeal. There are many considerations when choosing a gate for your driveway. In this guide, we’ll look at the types of gates, design elements, accessories, and other things to consider when planning to add or update your driveway gate.

Why Your Garage Door Won’t Close in the Rain

The weather can significantly affect your garage door. You might not think rain would cause issues with a well-maintained door, but that’s not always the case. A garage door is one of the most vulnerable parts of your home to water damage. If it’s compromised, your garage, the belongings you store there, and the rest of your home are not safe from the elements. When your garage door won’t close in the rain, call for help right away. 

Why Your Garage Door Won’t Close

If your area recently had heavy rain, here are some reasons you may be having garage door trouble:

The Garage Door Has Soaked Up a Lot of Moisture

Some materials, especially wood, are effective at absorbing moisture. The more water your garage door absorbs, the heavier it becomes. Excess weight can strain various components and put more force on the garage door opener than it was designed to handle. Attempting to operate the door manually may be dangerous.

Your Garage Door’s Material Has Warped

Water damage can change the size or shape of a garage door’s panels or frame. The door can then get stuck as it can no longer move smoothly along its tracks. If your garage door won’t close in the rain, continuing to operate it can cause more damage. Misshapen parts can break or cause the entire door to fail.

Metal Components Have Rusted

In heavy rain, water can reach any part of your garage door and garage door opener. Exposure to moisture can cause metal parts to rust. When parts and components corrode, mechanical issues can occur and the garage door can get stuck. 

Fallen Rainwater Has Frozen

If the temperature drops below freezing after a rainstorm, any water that’s fallen can become ice. It’s common for rainwater to pool around the rubber seals. When ice forms, it can prevent your garage door from opening (melting it with salt or heat can fix the problem). But if other parts of the system are affected, call a professional right away.

Rainwater Has Caused an Electrical Malfunction

Water can seep anywhere. If you can’t close your garage door, check whether the wall switch or its wires are damaged. Other wires that run to the garage door opener can also be affected. When this is the case, you’ll need not only a garage door repair professional but also a licensed electrician.

Your Garage Door Isn’t Well-Protected

Rain will seep through if the weather stripping has worn out. Replace the seal on the bottom and sides of the door to protect it against heavy rain. Aside from checking the weatherstripping, check your garage door’s condition. Any cracks, holes, warped panels, or alignment issues should be quickly addressed if your garage door won’t close or you find any damage. Check your door often and schedule routine maintenance or repairs to avoid such an issue.

Other ways to protect your garage door include adding a trench drain to direct rainwater away. Also, remember to clean the rain gutters above the garage so water can flow away instead of onto your garage door.

Contact Mesa Garage Doors for Garage Door Repair

Unless there’s a simple reason your garage door won’t close, such as a dead remote battery or dirty photo eye sensor, you’ll need a technician to troubleshoot and fix the problem. One wrong move can lead to more serious damage or being injured by heavy or high-tension components. We are available in Los Angeles and Orange, Riverside, Ventura, and San Bernardino Counties. If your garage door has been affected by heavy rain, call (714) 844-5741 to schedule your free garage door repair estimate.