Driveway Gates Installation
Driveway Gate Installation - How Much Does It Cost?
If you plan on installing a driveway gate, you should know that it is going to cost you around $1,700 for a 12-feet single flat-top gate and $2,000 for a 12-feet arched top. But these are just ballpark figures and you could be paying more - or less - depending on then material, size and design of the gate. Also, the figures do not include the cost of installation and the price of a gate opener.
When it comes to driveway gate installation, there are really just two ways to do it. It’s either you do it yourself or you have someone to do it for you. If you are going to do it DIY, labor cost will be zero, although you are going to pay for it with your time and effort. If, on the other hand, you prefer to have someone install it for you, it’s going to cost to hundreds of dollars. Of course, if you want to save money, it will definitely help if you get a quote from at least three contractors. You will easily find contractors by doing a search on Google, better yet, by going to review websites like Yelp.
A door opener is another cost you need to consider. Depending on its capacity, a door opener can cost you anywhere from $300 to $500. A door opener can either be powered by a battery or solar panels. And so you will need to add the cost of the power in your driveway gate installation project.
All in all, you should be prepared to spend at least $3,000 to have your gate installed. But this is just a ballpark figure. If you want to save money, you should do research on how other homeowners did it.
Installing a driveway gate is a lot of work. First, you have to take measurements and survey the ground if it level or not. The terrain of your property is going to affect the type of opening mechanism you need to use. When you are done choosing the appropriate gate, you have to mark the exact spot where you are going to install it. Next, you have to install the posts that will support the gate and then add the door opener.
Because mistakes in installation can be costly to correct, you will want to use instruments to determine where the posts will be buried. Also, you have to make sure that the concrete you pour is of high quality.
In all, it might be a better idea to have someone else install a gate for you instead of doing it yourself unless, of course, if you are good with your hands. You will easily find installers by doing a search on Google or websites like Yelp. Just make sure you only deal with a highly-rated contractor and that you get a quote from at least three contractors before you decide who to hire. The cheapest price isn’t always the best so make sure to compare the terms and conditions on top of the price.