Keep these tips in mind when trying to design your "own" gate . . .
Tip #1 ~ Choose your metal!
Steel is for strength and security. It is heavier and requires a stronger support system.
It also requires a higher quality finish to attain a comparable level of durability to aluminum.
Aluminum is lightweight and not as well suited for strength and security as is steel. It
is lighter and thus easier to install. It is more durable within a heavy salt environment,
such as near an ocean or around snow melting salt.
Tip #2 ~ How will you use it?
If you are looking for a security gate, steel is the choice. It is rugged, sturdy, and will
hold in place against force and pressure to a greater degree than aluminum. But you do not have
to sacrifice beauty for brawn!
If you desire more intricate, three dimensional artwork such as flowers, leaves, trees, or
wildlife, then aluminum is the way to go. Not that you won't see steel moulded into these things,
but aluminum is much easier to work into fine detail.
Tip #3 ~ Pick your style!
The basic style is the foundation upon which you build!
Whether you like Old World Style, Modern, Rustic, Classic, Seascape, Tropical, Asian, or
an Eclectic combination, there are many styles to choose from.
Tip #4 ~ Express YOURSELF!
After you have chosen your metal, your usage, and your basic style, this step is when you make
the gate truly your own!
What is your passion? Your hobby? That one thing that makes you - YOU! Do you love sports - hunting,
fishing, football, golf? Do you raise animals - dogs, cats, horses? Do you love to garden - flowers,
vegetables, bonsai? Do you love the water - sailing, wakeboarding, shell collecting? Do you love
music - play an instrument? The sky is the limit . . .
After many years of custom gate building, we are continually amazed at the creative ideas spawned by our customers. Take time to puruse our custom gallery
for more ideas . . .