Custom Gate Design Checklist

Questions to Ask While You Plan


Whether you own a residential, commercial, or industrial property, you can help protect it and the business beyond it with a gate. If there’s not already a design that fits all of your specifications, not to worry. Follow this custom gate design checklist to get started.

Custom Gate Design Checklist

While you’re planning your custom gate design project, start by asking yourself a few questions:

  • Why do you want the gate? Purely for security reasons? Purely aesthetic reasons? Are you limiting access? Controlling traffic flow? Protecting equipment?
  • Will it be indoors, outdoors, or both?
  • What size space are you trying to contain?
  • Will it require a single or double gate opening?
  • How will it function? Swing, slide, or lift? Automatic or manual operation?
  • What type of material is best? Wood, steel, or aluminum?
  • What’s your project time frame?
  • What’s your budget?

Having the answers to these questions not only helps you put the project into perspective, especially since it will be a custom design, but it makes it easier for any contractor to put together a quote.

Gate Design Troubleshooting

Not knowing the answers to the questions above can lead to problems. Some of the most common mistakes made while installing a custom gate includes:

  • Gate placement. Without a proper foundation, the gate posts end up sagging or sliding, making it harder to function no matter the material. You want to make sure the ground is level enough and in an area that won’t flood in poor conditions. Traffic also becomes a consideration. You don’t want gate function to impede traffic flow.
  • Materials. From the hinges to the finish, not using the proper components during construction can lead to poor function or maintenance issues.
  • Design. Overall, a poorly planned and constructed gate could lead to excessive wear on the equipment and even system failure—leaving you and anyone else with gate access trapped inside or out.

One of the best ways to prevent any problems from happening is having a solid design plan and a professional contractor to implement the installation. Not only can a pro help design a gate to fulfill your custom needs, but they have the tools and know-how to do it right the first time.

After going over your custom gate design checklist, contact Security Five for more information on the best way to put your plan into action.