Wondering if it’s worth it to install an automatic driveway gate? We say, yes! An automated driveway gate can add tens of thousands of dollars to your property’s value and make it easier to sell when the time comes – particularly if you live in an upscale home, a large ranch, or any neighborhood where a driveway gate would be an expected part of the property’s design, curb appeal, and security.

Classic metal in both ornate and streamlined looks never go out of style; these designs have been used for centuries on properties around the world. Wooden driveway gates are also universally attractive, particularly solid-front farmhouse styles, which add to privacy, and most transitional styles, which incorporate traditional and modern elements to blend well with almost any architecture.

The best part is, you don’t have to spend extravagantly to see a good return on your investment. Here are some tips for maximizing return on a driveway gate.


custom iron gate example of timeless design


If you plan on selling your home some day, look for a driveway gate style that would appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers. In general, avoid ultra-traditional, too modern, or drastically abstract. Monograms would pose a problem with resale as well. Timeless doesn’t have to mean boring, though! Talk with your home designer or driveway gate salesperson to find something that will stand out and stand the test of time.


white wooden gate matches the style of a white house


Integrate the gate design with the property’s overall aesthetic. In general, traditional homes and historic properties should look for similarly styled gates to create a cohesive look. Modern homes can bring clean lines, angles, and unusual driveway gate paint colors to the forefront. Work with a driveway gate professional or your home designer to get it right.


driveway gate pin pad and call box


A driveway gate adds a layer of protection to your home’s standard alarm system. Install additional gate security equipment such as a security camera, intercom, and/or keypad entry to enhance safety. When it comes to home security, a little too much is better than not enough. Tri State Gate installs, repairs, and upgrades all gate-related security systems.


Tri State gate construction truck in front of a barrier arm gate


This may seem obvious, but it’s critical to maintain your driveway gate so that it works properly every time. A rusted, rotted, slow, or squeaky gate is going to be a huge turn-off to potential buyers if/when the time comes to sell – not to mention a huge headache for you!

Tri State Gate is a custom gate company specializing in driveway gate design, fabrication, installation, automation, maintenance, and repair for residential driveways, community entrances, commercial properties, high-security locations, and industrial settings. For more than 25 years, we have served customers throughout New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and surrounding areas. Fully licensed and BBB accredited.