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February 6th, 2017

Driveway Gate DesignsFree Quote

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Introduction

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The basic designs for our driveway gates are centered around four design elements, including: the gate frame, the number and shape of the horizontal rails, the pickets style and layout and the ornaments. The customer also has the option to automate the driveway gate using either power supplied from their home or solar power and can select between a swing gate or slide gate.

Before we begin, it’s important to explain some of the design concepts used in gate fabrication.

The Gate Frame:  The gate frame is U shaped, using either 1-1/2″ or 2″ square tubing, with the top rail being flat, arched or belled in shape. In addition to the shape of the top rail, the other consideration is the number of top rails.  Typically, we fabricate a gate with either one or two top rails.  It’s important to note that gates can be fabricated as a “single panel” or “bi-parting” design, depending on the space requirements, overall length of the gate or customers preference.

The Picket Style:  The pickets are either flush with the top and/or bottom rails making a “flat” or “flush” style or the pickets can extend above the top and/or bottom rails in an “extended picket” style.  Additionally, the picket dimension and picket spacing are key design considerations that must be specified and often depend on ornamental features that are used.

Ornamental Features: Of all of the design elements described above,  this particular element can give more customization to a driveway gate than any other element.  Ornamental features are found in a variety of materials including high density plastics, aluminum, cast iron and steel.  These design elements are also available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and make components such as ornamental iron finials, scrolls, picket castings, panel inserts, picket collars and baskets.

Please note that this page only describes a few of the basic styles of driveway gates that AMRI Fence offers.  AMRI Fence has the capability to fabricate any style based on architectural drawings, pictures or even written descriptions.  

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Standard Driveway Gate Designs

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Coco Dwg

Flat Top Driveway Gates

The flat top designation simply refers to the horizontal (and straight) top rail that is parallel to the bottom horizontal rail of the gate frame.

In this section, we will begin with a brief review of  the most basic style of gate fabricated, which is the single panel, rectangular frame driveway gate with three horizontal rails and a “flush” pickets at the top and bottom of the gate, which means that the pickets do not extend above or below the top and bottom horizontal rails. AMRI Fence’s version of this most basic design is the “Coco”, as seen to the right.

This gate is further simplified by fabricating it such that the pickets are welded to the gate frame in an “overlay” fashion, whereby the pickets are laid over the face of the gate frame and then welded to the frame.  It’s actually less labor intensive and less costly to fabricate a driveway gate in an overlay fashion as opposed to cutting the pickets and then welding them between the horizontal rails.  Unless required by the design features desired by the customer or the by the customer’s HOA, we will fabricate and weld the pickets to the frame in an overlay fashion.

The only variables to the design of this most basic driveway gate are the length and height of the gate and the dimensions of the steel tubing.  Our standard driveway gate uses a 1 –  1/2″ frame and 5/8″ pickets that are 4 – 1/2″ on center, giving a 3 – 7/8″ space between pickets. Our standard driveway gates also measure 6 feet high at the sides.

Bran DwgProgressing forward from this simple design, we could incorporate one of the following changes: (i) extension of the pickets above the top horizontal rail with flush pickets at the bottom, (ii) extension of the pickets below the bottom horizontal rail with flush pickets at the top or (iii) extension of the pickets above and below the top and bottom horizontal rails.  We’ll use option (iii) extension of the pickets above and below the top and bottom horizontal rails, as seen in the drawing of AMRI Fence’s “Bran” series of driveway gate.

The benefit to extended pickets is that you can choose whether or not to add a finial to the top of the picket.  Additionally, there are many different types of finials, including the ball point (as shown to the left), the fleur de-lis, and various stars, spears and other shapes.  If you choose not to have a finial on an extended picket, then we will insert a plastic tube plug into the top of the picket to prevent moisture from entering the picket.  Our standard driveway gates are sold with a durable, high density plastic finial that is fit over each picket.  If cast iron or steel finials are requested, which requires welding, then AMRI Fence will include an additional amount for what we consider “custom” design, as further described below.

So far, we’ve covered the most basic design, which is the rectangular frame with three horizontal rails.  Next, we’ve simply extended the pickets and added finials to the pickets and now we’ll show another progression in the standard line of driveway gates, which includes the addition of a fourth horizontal rail.  This modification allows for the inclusion of other ornamental iron features between the top two rails, if desired.  Some examples are found in the custom driveway gate section below.

Lismore DwgAlthough there are multiple variations using this gate frame, we’ll show the  “Lismore” series, as seen to the right, which features a extended top and bottom and four horizontal rails (two top rails).

As stated above, finials are optional on extended picket styles of driveway gates and the customer has the choice of durable, high density plastic finials or cast iron or steel finials which can be welded to the pickets.   There are also many different styles of finials from which to choose.

Progressing even further with driveway gate designs, we will move to the arch top and bell top designs, since there is relatively little more than can be done to a standard, rectangular frame driveway gate.  In case you’re wondering about “puppy bars” or “dog bars” that would be welded to the lower section of the gate frame and other custom features, these features are covered under the Custom Driveway Gate Designs below.

Please note that this section only describes a few of the basic styles of driveway gates that AMRI Fence offers.  There are many variations to the three styles which are shown and AMRI Fence has the capability to fabricate any style based on architectural drawings, pictures or even written descriptions.

To view additional flat top driveway gate designs, click here! 

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Arch Top Driveway Gates

The arch top designation simply refers to the horizontal rail or rails at top of the gate frame that are arched, as opposed to being straight, as in the flat top design.

Kenilworth DwgIn this section, we will begin with a brief review of  the most basic style of arch top driveway gate fabricated, with three horizontal rails (top rail is arched) and a “flush” picket style at the top and  bottom, which means that the pickets do not extend above or below the top and bottom horizontal rails. AMRI Fence’s version of this most basic arch top design is the “Kenilworth”, as seen to the left.

Since this driveway gate  is also a standard design, it is fabricated such that the pickets are welded to the gate frame in an “overlay” fashion whereby the pickets are laid over the face of the gate frame and then welded to the frame.  It’s actually less labor intensive and less costly to fabricate a driveway gate in an overlay fashion as opposed to cutting the pickets and then welding them between the horizontal rails. Unless required by the design features desired by the customer or the by the customer’s HOA, we will fabricate and weld the pickets to the frame in an overlay fashion.

The only variables to the design of this most basic driveway gate are the length and height of the gate and the dimensions of the steel tubing.  Our standard driveway gate uses a 1 –  1/2″ frame and 5/8″ pickets that are 4 – 1/2″ on center, giving a 3 – 7/8″ space between pickets. Our standard driveway gates also measure 6 feet high at the sides.

Rochester DwgProgressing forward with the most basic arch top design, we could incorporate one of the following changes: (i) extension of the pickets above the top horizontal rail with flush pickets at bottom, (ii) extension of the pickets below the bottom horizontal rail with flush pickets at the top or (iii) extension above and below the top and bottom horizontal rails.  We’ll use option (i) extension of the pickets above the top rail with flush pickets at the bottom, as seen in the drawing of AMRI Fence’s “Rochester” series of driveway gate.

The benefit to extended pickets is that you can choose whether or not to add a finial to the top of the picket.  Additionally, there are many different types of finials, including the ball point (as shown to the right), the fleur de-lis, and various stars, spears and other shapes.  If you choose not to have a finial on an extended picket, then we will insert a plastic tube plug into the top of the picket to prevent moisture from entering the picket.  Our standard driveway gates are sold with a durable, high density plastic finial that is fit over each picket.  If cast iron or steel finials are requested, which requires welding, then AMRI Fence will include an additional amount for what we consider “custom” design, as further described below.

So far, we’ve covered the most basic arch top design, which is the rectangular frame with three horizontal rails.  Next, we’ve simply extended the pickets and added finials to the pickets and now we’ll show another progression in the standard line of arch top driveway gates, which includes the addition of a fourth horizontal rail.  This modification allows for the inclusion of other ornamental iron features between the top two rails, if desired.  Some examples are found in the Custom Driveway Gate section below.

Carlisle DwgAlthough there are multiple variations using this gate frame, we’ll show the “Carlisle” series, which is a flat top and bottom style, as seen to the left, and features four horizontal rails (two top rails).

As stated above, finials are optional on extended picket styles of driveway gates and the customer has the choice of durable, high density plastic finials or cast iron or steel finials which can be welded to the pickets.   There are also many different styles of finials from which to choose.

Progressing even further with driveway gate designs, we will need to move to the bell top design, since there is relatively little more than can be done to a standard, arch top driveway gate.  In case you’re wondering about “puppy bars” or “dog bars” that would be welded to the lower section of the gate frame, this feature is covered under the Custom Driveway Gate Designs below.

Please note that this section only describes a few of the basic styles of driveway gates that AMRI Fence offers.  There are many variations to the three styles which are shown and AMRI Fence has the capability to fabricate any style based on architectural drawings, pictures or even written descriptions.  

To view additional arch top driveway gate designs, click here! 

Arch Top

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Bell Top Driveway Gates

The bell top designation simply refers to the horizontal rail or rails at top of the gate frame that are bell shaped, as opposed to being straight, as in the flat top design or arched as in the arch top design.

Lincoln DwgIn this section, we will begin with a brief review of  the most basic style of bell top driveway gate fabricated, with three horizontal rails (top rail is arched) and a “flush” picket style at top and  bottom, which means that the pickets do not extend above or below the top and bottom horizontal rails. AMRI Fence’s version of this most basic design is the “Lincoln”, as seen to the right.

Since this driveway gate  is also a standard design, it is fabricated such that the pickets are welded to the gate frame in an “overlay” fashion whereby the pickets are laid over the face of the gate frame and then welded to the frame. It’s actually less labor intensive and less costly to fabricate a driveway gate in an overlay fashion as opposed to cutting the pickets and then welding them between the horizontal rails. Unless required by the design features desired by the customer or the by the customer’s HOA, we will fabricate and weld the pickets to the frame in an overlay fashion.

The only variables to the design of this most basic driveway gate are the length and height of the gate and the dimensions of the steel tubing.  Our standard driveway gate uses a 1 –  1/2″ frame and 5/8″ pickets that are 4 – 1/2″ on center, giving a 3 – 7/8″ space between pickets. Our standard driveway gates also measure 6 feet high at the sides.

Saint Mawes DwgProgressing forward with the most basic arch top design, we could incorporate one of the following changes: (i) extension of the pickets above the top horizontal rail with flush pickets at bottom, (ii) extension of the pickets below the bottom horizontal rail with flush pickets at the top or (iii) extension of the pickets above and below the top and bottom horizontal rails.  We’ll use option (iii) extension above and below the top and bottom horizontal rails, as seen in the drawing of AMRI Fence’s “St. Mawes” series of driveway gate.

The benefit to extended pickets is that you can choose whether or not to add a finial to the top of the picket.  Additionally, there are many different types of finials, including the ball point (as shown to the left), the fleur de-lis, and various stars, spears and other shapes.  If you choose not to have a finial on an extended picket, then we will insert a plastic tube plug into the top of the picket to prevent moisture from entering the picket.  Our standard driveway gates are sold with a durable, high density plastic finial that is fit over each picket.  If cast iron or steel finials are requested, which requires welding, then AMRI Fence will include an additional amount for what we consider “custom” design, as further described below.

So far, we’ve covered the most basic bell top design, which has three horizontal rails.  Next, we’ve simply extended the pickets and added finials to the pickets and now we’ll show another progression in the standard line of bell top driveway gates, which includes the addition of a fourth horizontal rail.  This modification allows for the inclusion of other ornamental iron features between the top two rails, if desired.

Carisbrooke DwgAlthough there are multiple variations using this gate frame, we’ll show the the  “Carisbrooke” series, as seen to the right, which features a extended top and bottom and four horizontal rails (two top rails).

As stated above, finials are optional on extended picket styles of driveway gates and the customer has the choice of durable, high density plastic finials or cast iron or steel finials which can be welded to the pickets.   There are also many different styles of finials from which to choose.

Progressing even further with driveway gate designs, we will need to move to custom designs, since there is relatively little more than can be done to a standard, bell top driveway gate.  In case you’re wondering about “puppy bars” or “dog bars” that would be welded to the lower section of the gate frame, this feature is covered under the Custom Driveway Gate Designs below.

Please note that this section only describes a few of the basic styles of driveway gates that AMRI Fence offers.  There are many variations to the three styles which are shown and AMRI Fence has the capability to fabricate any style based on architectural drawings, pictures or even written descriptions.  

To view additional bell top driveway gate designs, click here! 

Bell Top

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 Custom Driveway Gate Designs

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Custom designs are designs which require additional cutting, welding, grinding and/or the inclusion of ornamental iron elements.  These gates are not only more labor intensive to fabricate, but include the addition of other elements, such as welded finials, scrolls, picket collars, panel inserts and puppy bars.

Donnington Dwg

Ornamental features can be arranged and welded to the gate in very unique ways to allow the customer to truly personalize their ornamental iron gates.  However, these same features not only directly add to the cost of the gate, but sometimes these ornamental features dictate the selection of other elements of the driveway gate, which will also effect the cost of the project. For instance, depending on the materials available for each type of ornament used (aluminum or iron) and the total weight of the gate as a result of adding such ornaments, a fabricator could have to use a larger, heavier walled steel tubing to accommodate the extra load of the ornaments.  Additionally, it’s not too uncommon for these features to cause the need for a larger, more robust gate operator to handle the additional load.

Cordoba DwgThe majority of the custom fabrication that AMRI Fence does begins with one of the standard driveway gate frames, described above.  For example, the “Donnington”, the drawing above, is actually the “Carlisle” with a 5th horizontal rail at the bottom and c-scrolls welded to every other picket at the top and bottom of the gate.

The “Cordoba”, depicted to the right, is another example of a standard driveway gate frame that was customized.  This gate is similar to AMRI Fence’s “Lancaster” driveway gate in that it is a double arched flush top and bottom driveway gate.  There are some exceptions, however.  Besides the obvious addition of the semi-circles between the top two rails, there is also a difference in the way the pickets are welded to the gate frame.  As discussed above, most of our fabrication is done in an “overlay” fashion but this driveway gate has the pickets welded between the top and bottom horizontal rails.  It’s a much cleaner look, as viewed from the side, but it also is more expensive to fabricate.

San Marcos Dwg

A final example of a custom design is the “San Marcos, which is a hybrid of the flat top and arched designs.  This particular design also has the addition of rings between the top two rails and puppy bars at the bottom section of the gate.  You’ll also note that there are two different types of finials that are used on the lower and upper sections of the gate.

There are many variations to the three styles which are shown and AMRI Fence has the capability to fabricate any style based on architectural drawings, pictures or even written descriptions. Instead of presenting several dozens of examples of gate designs, we’ve only shown a few and commented as to the changes that were made to one of our standard gates to demonstrate custom fabrication features.

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