Driveway Gate Installation Cost

In this guide

Size
Type
Material
Single vs. dual
Automatic vs. manual
Prefabricated vs. custom
Style
Labor
Enhancements
Additional Considerations

How much does it cost to install a driveway gate?

Installing a driveway gate can improve your property’s security, and thus reduce your homeowner’s insurance rate. It can also increase your property value and add visual appeal to your property’s entrance.

Driveway gate prices are influenced by material choice, gate size, and automatization, as well as your driveway’s size and slope. In this guide, we examine the average cost of installing a 12’ driveway gate.

Size

Gate size is one of the biggest cost factors. The gate size you choose should depend on the width of your driveway and the size of automobiles that are usually going through. Common sizes and their average prices are:

  • 10’ - $700-$1,350
  • 12’ - $800-$1,600
  • 14’ - $900-$1,800
  • 16’ - $1,200-$2,000

Gate heights are usually 6’ or 8’. Choosing an 8’ gate over a 6’ gate will increase the price by 20%.

Type

The two main types of gates are swing gates and sliding gates. Swing gates open by swinging outward or inward, using the gate mounting posts as axes. Sliding gates typically open in a straight line, being pulled away from the driveway parallel to whatever fencing is in place.

TypeProsConsCost
SwingLeast expensiveRequires wide space for opening$800-$1,600
SlidingCan open in close quartersMore expensive because most are automated$2,250-$4,000

Material

MaterialProsConsCost
Chain linkLow cost

Visually unappealing

Weaker

$150-$500
Vinyl 1

Can be made to look like wood or other materials

Low maintenance

Prone to warping

Low cost

$400-$750
Wood

Visually appealing

Various wood types

Prone to rot

High maintenance

$400-$4,000
Aluminum

Lightweight

Rust resistant

Variable qualities$800-$2,250
Iron

Durability

Ornamentation

High cost$800-$4,000
Steel

Strong

Long lasting

Heavy

Prone to dust

$800-$4,000

Single vs. dual

You can choose to have a single gate, or a dual gate that is made up of two parts, each opening toward its own side. Choosing a dual gate can increase the cost by 50% or more.

Automatic vs. manual

Manual gates are typically used by homeowners who receive few visitors and want high security levels. Manual gates require keys to unlock and enter, so no one without keys will be able to enter your driveway. Manual gates cost less than automatic gates, but they require you to exit your car every time you want to open or close the gate. This inconvenience is why many homeowners choose to upgrade to automatic gates.

Typical battery-based gate openers cost $1,000-$4,500. Higher voltage (24V) openers and those intended for especially large and heavy gates are priced at the higher end of that range.

Solar power sources for automatic gate openers are energy efficient and available in kits made for particular climates. Prices range from $250-$650, with kits for sunny climates costing the least. You’ll need to pair them with solar-compatible openers.

If you get an automatic gate, you need to decide how you want to control it. Keypads require a numeric passcode to open the gate and cost $50-$300. Those that are integrated with intercom 2 systems cost $550-$2,350. Card readers require a special card to be scanned before entry is permitted. Average card readers cost $970, while individual cards cost $250 each. Clicker remotes cost $25-$70 each and can be carried on your keychain or kept in your car.

If you use only card readers, clicker remotes, or keypads, driveway entry is limited to those who have remotes, cards, or passcodes. This can be a nuisance if you regularly receive visitors or deliveries. For such circumstances, access systems including intercoms 2 are the best choice. General intercom 2 system prices range from $250-$2,350

Prefabricated vs. custom

Pre-fabricated gates are standard and almost always cost less than custom gates. Custom gates are necessary for driveways that are sloped rather than flat. Building a custom gate usually increases the total price by $750 or more in custom production fees.

Style

A gate’s style won’t have a significant effect on the price you pay. Gate cost is generally more dependent on gate width, height, and material. There are a few common styles you can choose for your gate:

  • Courtyard: often ornamented and curved at the top.
  • Estate: similar to courtyard gates but usually wider.
  • Field: simple straight gates that are usually 4’ tall or shorter.
  • Picket: same as a picket fence 3, with many vertical planks.

There are also different shapes available. Choosing a specific shape can increase your cost by 15% or more. Common shapes are:

  • Standard or inverted arc: a curve with its widest point at the middle (inverted are concave curves).
  • Valley: “V” shaped with the deepest point at the center.
  • Peak: upside down “V” shape with the highest point at the top center.
  • Bell curve: similar curve to a standard arc, but with ends that flare slightly upward.
  • High-low: vertical planks alternating between high and low heights.

Labor

Gate installation teams usually charge flat fees that range from $500-$5,000. Labor includes measuring, digging post holes, setting the gate posts, adding the hinges 4 and hanging the gate, as well as mounting 5 automatic openers and adding any additional accessories. It’s possible to DIY your gate installation, which can dramatically lower your total cost.

Enhancement and improvement costs

Intercom 2

Intercom 2 systems allow those at the gate to call and ask if you can open the gate to let them in. They cost anywhere from $250 to $2,350. Systems with especially long ranges or multiple intercom 2 stations are the most expensive.

Exit probes

Exit probes are motion detectors 6 that sense when your car is about to exit the gate. Their motion detection ranges are 50’ to 100’ or more. They typically cost $250-$350, with longer ranges set at the higher end of the price spectrum.  

Paint

Adding paint to your gate can be done at the time you order it. Paint increases the cost by 10%-25%.

Additional considerations and costs

DIY

It’s possible to DIY install most driveway gates. DIY installation can save you $500-$5,000 on labor costs. Prior to installation, call your utility company to make sure that there are no utility lines in the ground where you will need to dig the gate posts. Measure the distance between where the posts will be a few times so that you can make sure you have an accurate measurement. It’s recommended that you use white flour to mark the places where your post holes are supposed to be before measurement.

Warranties

Many companies provide warranties for gates and gate accessories they sell. Warranty terms vary by company. Some may offer extended warranty packages for $50 or more.

Maintenance

The material you choose determines how much maintenance your gate needs. Wood gates may need annual sealing and staining treatments, while vinyl 1 gates require almost no maintenance. Regularly washing your gate and applying waxes or other protectants can prevent fading and damage. Other maintenance chores include the tightening of gate hinges 4, and lubricating hinges 4, chains, and wheels.

Permits

You may be required to obtain a “Public Right-of-Way” permit before installing your driveway gate. Permit fees typically cost $150-$200. Specific fee amounts depend on your city, county, and state.

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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

Definitions in laymen's terms, cost considerations, pictures and things you need to know.
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1 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
2 Intercom: A communication system allowing a person to speak into a microphone and be heard through a speaker in another location
3 Picket fence: A barrier or railing made out of pointed, spaced, vertical uprights (referred to as pickets), connected by at least two horizontal rails, used primarily for decorative purposes
4 Hinges: A type of joint that attaches two items together but allows one of them to swing back and forth, such as a door attached to a door frame
5 Mounting: A support on which something is attached or hung
6 Detectors: Device that responds to a physical event or change in the environment by emitting an output signal

Cost to install a driveway gate varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Akron, OH
-6%
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Alexandria, VA
+2%
Anaheim, CA
+21%
Anchorage, AK
+35%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Austin, TX
+13%
Bakersfield, CA
-6%
Baton Rouge, LA
+19%
Buffalo, NY
-1%
Burbank, CA
+12%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corona, CA
+19%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Durham, NC
-1%
El Paso, TX
-28%
Ennis, TX
-18%
Fort Worth, TX
+6%
Fresno, CA
-6%
Gibsland, LA
-68%
Hamden, CT
+21%
Hartshorne, OK
-36%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Irving, TX
+10%
Jacksonville, FL
-1%
Jamaica, NY
+35%
Kerrville, TX
-33%
La Center, WA
-12%
Lancaster, CA
+4%
Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Magnolia, TX
+14%
Mesa, AZ
-2%
Metairie, LA
+31%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milwaukee, WI
+12%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
Montgomery, AL
-10%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
Newark, NJ
+27%
Norfolk, VA
-6%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Orlando, FL
+2%
Pembroke, MA
+24%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%

Labor cost in your zip code

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