Driveway Gates - Automatic Gates
driveway gates from GateCrafters.com come in a wide variety of options to meet your
needs. Our aluminum line is our best selling product. We closely monitor all aspects
of quality from the construction to the materials and because we are the craftsmen
of these gates, we can proudly say that every one of them is made in the USA
Our airplane grade aluminum gates are far superior to all other materials for longevity,
resilience, low maintenance, automation and price. We use no screws, bolts or rivets;
everything is welded. And our aluminum is a higher grade and thickness than any
others we have found on the market. We have many options for ordering:
- Try our Dynamic Gate Builder
to start designing your single or dual gate and get
a live price quote right on the web.
Ready To Ship Gates
- These are gates that we have built but have
no owner yet; browse our selection and see if one of these is right for you. They
are priced to sell and can ship right away.
- Finding a gate frame for a 3 rail gate, chain link gate,
wood slat gate or vinyl gate can be tough. We have designs ready to be built and
all our designs lend themselves to easy automation.
- These are designs that have been popular in the
past. We have saved these customer favorites for you to pick from, add ornaments
and make your own.
- Each cedar gate is built with real clear old growth
western red cedar (no-knots) that is fitted to a welded steel frame. These classic
American designs are made in the USA and are the perfect finishing touch for any
high end estate.
GateCrafters.com uses only the finest quality aluminum materials available to custom
craft a gate for your property. You will find GateCrafters.com's driveway gates
are economically priced and extremely sturdy because of uniquely engineered vertical
weld design. Each base gate is jig built, controlling the quality and placement
of all key structural welds while reducing the cost of production. From our base
design, we can add beautiful ornamentation and a custom sculpted top to complement
your taste. Driveway gates enhance your life in many ways including security, property
value, style and sophistication, animal retention, and much more. Each gate comes
standard with roller bearing hinges, 8 welds per picket, thick wall tubing, and
a top quality painting process.
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Structurally sound welding is the heart of a quality gate. GateCrafters.com has
researched welding strategies under many conditions and engineered a superior eight-weld
vertical system. The structural frame pickets are welded in 8 places and meet all
of the American Welding Society's standards. Four horizontal welds are applied in
a traditional manner and are commonly used by professional welders. These welds
supply the strength needed to hold together a gate. Our four additional vertical
welds, approximately 1-¼ inches in length, are applied to give a higher level of
stability and strength to the gate, almost eliminating gate sag. Vertical welds
are used so they are hidden from either side of the gate and are a sign of quality
and care in construction, and GateCrafters.com takes every step to make your new
gate the kind of gate you want to last a lifetime.
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Pickets - The structural frame pickets are ¾ inch in length and ¾ inch in width
with a thickness of .090 inches; this is 30% thicker than most gates on the market.
Crossbar - Each picket is sandwiched between two structural crossbars, at bumper
height and at the top. These crossbars are the pivotal point of strength that is
unique to our gates. The front cross bar is 1 ½ X ¾ inch rectangular tubing with
a wall thickness of .125 in. The back crossbars are a full ¼ inch in thick; this
thickness allows many automation options without modification.
Frame - Frame members are all 2in. X 2in. square tubing with a wall thickness of
a full .125 or 1/8in. The added thickness over our competitors' frames allows increased
structural support and durability.
Post - Posts are available through GateCrafters.com and are designed to be extremely
compatible to our gates. Choosing our post ensures perfect compatibility for installation
without any welding. The posts come with the hinge barrels attached for sure placement.
The hinge barrels themselves are adjustable to account for slight variations from
the mounted post being perfectly plumb; this unique DIY installation system allows
for greater flexibility while ensuring level swing even if posts are not perfectly
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The Estate swing® is the recommended gate opener for use with GateCrafters.com's electric gates. The structural
member is exclusively designed to be sturdier than on other gates and absorb the
wear and tear a gate opener can exert on a gate. The dimensions of the structural
member and the post are specifically developed with the recommended opener in mind.
No modifications will be necessary when setting up our gates to work with the Estate
swing®. Simply follow the directions supplied with your opener or from GateCrafters.com's
website in conjunction with a GateCrafters.com made gate and your gate installation
will be an easy task for any do-it-yourselfer. Other compatible openers include
all GTO gate openers.
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Our driveway gates are constructed from 6061-T6 rust free wrought aluminum alloy.
6061-T6 wrought aluminum is a high-grade alloy with a yield strength of about 35,000
pounds per square inch. For comparison, this is much stronger than "mild steel"
which has a yield strength at about 20,000 to 30,000 pounds per square inch. 6061-T6
wrought aluminum is used for the purpose of durability and resiliency, providing
a quality dent resistance and lasting beauty. GateCrafters.com ships nationwide
we chose this higher grade of aluminum also to avoid any shipping damage. We take
pride in the fact that our gates will stand up to the tough trials of shipping and
still last a lifetime. Most aluminum gate manufacturers use 6063 aluminum, which
is a weaker grade of aluminum and does not have the yield or resilience of 6061-T6.
Other gate manufactures use this cheaper grade because they fail to see past the
importance of the additional resiliency when driveway gates absorb the bumps of
everyday life. A key test for gates is their resilience. Gates should be able to
absorb pressure and than return to it's original shape. To resist snapping, 6061-T6
alloy has a high level of pliability, much like an airplane wing. When pressure
is exerted on the material it yields to the pressure, and when the pressure is released
it regains its original form.
Hinges - Each gate comes standard with special ball bearing hinges. Ball bearing
hinges are provided to permit smooth and effortless longitudinal movement of the
gate. These hinges provide a higher level of consistency over other hinges and less
of a chance of becoming jammed or rusted. Additionally this design of hinge allows
for higher level of adjustment insuring a perfect DIY installation. Each set is
rated at 1000 pounds, far over the heaviest of GateCrafters.com's gates. The hinges
also are equipped with grease fittings. Grease fittings allow for easier lubrication
of hinges and assure all bearings are receiving lubrication. A grease fitting contains
a ball check in the head of the fitting that prevents dirt and grit from getting
to the bearings. Dirt and grit is a constant battle in an outdoor environment, the
grease fittings that GateCrafters.com includes standard help to assure your hinges
will work each and every time.
Posts - Posts are available through GateCrafters.com and are designed to be extremely
compatible to our gates. Choosing our post insures perfect compatibility for installation
without any welding necessary. The posts come with the hinge barrels attached for
sure placement. The hinge barrels themselves are adjustable to account for slight
variations from the mounted post being perfectly plumb this unique DIY installation
system allows for greater flexibility while insuring level swing even if post are
not perfectly plumb.
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Design and style - All driveway gates can be customized by using any of our decoration
available on GateCrafters.com. GateCrafters.com will weld on ornaments at no extra
charge. The spears at the top of the pickets can also be upgraded though our site
and are added at no extra charge.
Many factors can lead to a decision on what shape you would like your gate to take:
the shape of landscaping, surrounding fences, patterns on the house, etc. Luckily
GateCrafters.com can sculpt the top of your gate with any curve that meets your
tastes. We can add 1 or 2 decorative bars that follow the curve or cap your gate.
Other gate companies force you to choose between cheap standard mass produced gates
that all look the same or overpriced custom gates. GateCrafters.com is your alternative,
giving you the price of a mass-produced gate but the individuality and quality of
a custom gate.
Painting - Painting aluminum takes a level of experience and expertise many gate
manufacturers overlook. The primer/paint combination used by GateCrafters.com has
been tested to withstand years of outdoor punishment. GateCrafters.com uses Marhide
self-etching primer by Bondo. A self-etching primer is an essential undercoat layer
of paint over aluminum. Primer kills stains, retards moisture and provides a good
surface for a topcoat of paint to adhere to. It is imperative that new or bare metal
and aluminum is primed prior to painting. Bondo is the producer of the top bare
aluminum primers on the market. All gates are then top coated with Industrial Rust-Oleum
brand enamel. Enamel is paint with finely ground pigments and a high binder content
so that it dries to a hard finish. Enamels are mandatory to use on an aluminum surface
because of its ability to affix to a highly smooth surface. Rust-Oleum is famous
for providing long lasting surface and takes their legendary quality to a higher
level in their industrial coatings.
*Colors - Druveway gates are available in Rust-Oleum finishes in flat black or white,
and gloss green. Custom colors can be purchased to customize the gate to your tastes.
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