Once reserved for the mansions of the wealthy, driveway gates have become a popular upgrade and renovation project for many homeowners. A driveway gate can enhance your property’s security, elevate your home’s curb appeal, and increase your property value. It may even earn you a reduction on your homeowner’s insurance rate.
The price you pay for a driveway gate is determined largely by your material choice, gate size, and whether it is automatic or manual. Installing a driveway gate costs $1,000 to $6,000, with most homeowners paying $4,000 for an installed 12’ x 6’ automatic double, wooden swinging gate. On the low end, you can install a 10’ x 6’ manual chain link swinging gate for $400. However, installing a custom automatic 16’ x 8’ aluminum swinging gate with a keypad and intercom system costs up to $12,000.
|Driveway Installation Prices|
|National average cost||$4,000|
Driveway gates can be operated in one of two ways: manual or automatic. Manual gates are less expensive than automated because automatic driveway gates require additional automation components. Here is a broad range of what to expect for materials and installation of each gate:
|Type||Average Costs (Installed)|
|Manual||$700 - $3,000|
|Automatic||$2,500 - $5,500|
Manual gates are typically used by homeowners who receive few visitors and want security. Manual gates require keys to unlock and open, so no one without keys can enter your driveway. Manual gates cost less than automatic gates, but they also require you to exit your car to open and close the gate. This inconvenience is why many homeowners choose to upgrade to automatic gates. The average price for a manual driveway gate with installation is $700 to $3,000.
Automatic driveway gates are more convenient and easy than manual gates because you can stay in your vehicle. This gate opens with voice activation, sensors, a remote control, a keypad, or an access card, depending on how sophisticated the system is.
An automatic gate costs more than a manual gate because it requires an automation kit. Installing additional automation means that automatic gates take longer and have higher installation costs than manual ones. Repair costs are also higher for automatic gates than they are for manually operated gates. The average cost for an automatic driveway gate with installation is $2,500 to $5,500.
Gate size is one of the biggest determining factors for cost. Gate heights are usually 6’ or 8’. Choosing an 8’ gate over a 6’ gate increases the price by 20%. The gate width you choose depends on the width of your driveway and the size of the automobiles that are usually going through. Common gate widths and their average prices, excluding installation, are:
|Width||Average Costs (Manual)||Average Costs (Automatic)|
|10’||$200 - $2,000||$600 - $7,000|
|12’||$300 - $3,400||$700 - $8,400|
|14’||$500 - $3,600||$900 - $8,600|
|16’||$700 - $4,000||$1,100 - $9,000|
If you want your gate to easily accommodate a recreational vehicle (RV), the gate must be sized accordingly. Although most RVs are no wider than 8’4”, the longer the RV, the more room it needs to turn and maneuver, especially if your driveway curves near the gate. RV gates are often taller than a standard gate to provide privacy so that the parked RV is less visible from outside. Most RV gates are automatic and have an average cost of $1,000 to $9,000.
When you install a driveway gate, it becomes a part of your landscape and can enhance your home’s curb appeal. Gates come in many materials, each with pros and cons. The material you select is one of the main determining factors of your overall cost. Some of the most common materials and their average prices are listed below. Prices exclude installation costs and include automation equipment costs for the automatic gates:
|Material||Average Costs (Manual)||Average Costs (Automatic)|
|Chain Link||$180 - $1,000||$730 - $5,500|
|Vinyl||$200 - $1,100||$750 - $5,600|
|Wood||$300 - $4,000||$850 - $8,500|
|Iron||$600 - $4,000||$1,150 - $8,500|
|Steel||$600 - $4,000||$1,150 - $8,500|
|Aluminum||$1,800 - $4,100||$2,350 - $8,600|
Chain link gates are an entry-level driveway gate made of an inexpensive and durable material. They often come in galvanized steel, but they are also available in color-coated steel and aluminum. The galvanization process treats the metal to help prevent rusting.
There are several potential downsides to chain link material. It is not as aesthetically appealing as other materials. Due to its open weave design, a chain link gate can easily be climbed, so while it deters vehicles from entering your property, it does not prevent potential intruders from coming in on foot. If enhanced privacy is your goal, the see-through nature of chain link gates is not an ideal choice.
Chain link gates cost $180 to $1,000 for a manual gate or $730 to $5,500 for an automatic gate.
Vinyl driveway gates are another inexpensive option that are low-maintenance and do not rust or rot. Vinyl is a synthetic material with very versatile design properties that can be customized to suit your property.
However, vinyl is not as durable in temperature extremes as other gate materials. Vinyl may become brittle and crack in cold weather or soften and warp in hot weather.
Vinyl driveway gates usually cost $200 to $1,100 for a manual gate or $750 to $5,600 for an automatic gate.
Wood driveway gates are very strong, heavy, and beautiful. They come in many styles and can significantly enhance your home’s curb appeal. Many privacy gates are made of wood because it naturally lends to attractive designs that also block the view into your driveway.
Wood gates are more maintenance-intensive than other materials, requiring frequent painting or staining to protect their surfaces from weathering, cracking, and warping. Moisture, insect, and sun damage can all deteriorate the sealant that the gate comes coated in from the factory, so regular maintenance is vital. Finally, wood gates are often very heavy, which makes them more difficult to open manually. This weight can also cause sagging and misalignment, although the weight leads to the gate’s sturdy feel, which homeowners appreciate.
Wood driveway gates usually cost $300 to $4,000 for a manual gate or $850 to $8,500 for an automatic gate.
Many wrought iron driveway gates are among the most ornamental and elaborately designed gates on the market. Thanks to the versatility of this metal, iron can also be fashioned into gates with simple, classic lines. Wrought iron is a very durable material that holds up in harsh weather.
Although iron gates are durable, they require maintenance. Gates must be cleaned and coated regularly to prevent rust. These gates are also heavier, more difficult to install, and more expensive than other materials.
Iron driveway gates cost $600 to $4,000 for a manual gate or $1,150 to $8,500 for an automatic gate.
Steel is another common driveway gate material that is durable, low-maintenance, and versatile. It is often the material of choice for homeowners looking for a metal gate with a modern look. Steel gates are stronger than wrought iron. Steel also resists corrosion and rust without the need for the coatings that iron gates require.
As a sought-after metal, steel gates are more expensive than some other materials. They are also heavy and do not come in as many options as the wrought iron gates. Steel driveway gates usually cost $600 to $4,000 for a manual gate or $1,150 to $8,500 for an automatic gate.
Homeowners looking for a lightweight driveway gate often select aluminum. It is lighter than wood and other metals like iron and steel. The lighter weight makes aluminum gates less prone to sagging and misalignment. They are also easier to manually open. Unlike wood, aluminum is low-maintenance. It does not rust like other metals and is typically treated with a coating to extend its lifespan.
However, aluminum gates are not as durable and sturdy as other materials when not properly treated. A lower-quality aluminum gate is prone to dents and provides less security than a more heavy-duty material. Aluminum is also a more expensive material option.
Aluminum driveway gates usually cost $1,800 to $4,100 for a manual gate or $2,350 to $8,600 for an automatic gate.
Not every driveway gate opens the same way. Gates are designed to swing, slide, or open in an overhead manner. The right gate for your driveway depends on the amount of space you have on either side of the gate, what material you want, the gate’s length, how often you use the gate, and your driveway’s slope.
The gate type you choose is a determining factor in your cost. Here is what to expect for manual and automatic gates of each type. These prices do not include installation:
|Driveway Type||Average Costs (Manual)||Average Costs (Automatic)|
|Sliding||$500 - $3,000||$1,050 - $5,150|
|Swinging||$500 - $4,000||$1,350 - $8,500|
|Overhead||$500 - $3,000||$1,050 - $9,000|
Sliding driveway gates open by rolling in a track that is mounted perpendicular to the driveway. This takes up minimal space and makes sliding gates the preferred option for homeowners without the clearance to accommodate a gate that swings inward or outward. A sliding gate provides better home security protection than a swinging gate because it is more difficult to force open. It also works on steep driveways where a swing gate does not. Like swing gates, sliding driveway gates also come in single and double models. The type of sliding gate you choose affects the price. The below pricing excludes installation and includes the automation equipment for the automatic gates.
|Type||Average Costs (Manual)||Average Costs (Automatic)|
|Single Sliding||$500 - $1,200||$1,050 - $3,350|
|Double Sliding||$1,600 - $3,000||$2,150 - $5,150|
Single sliding gates have one gate that slides open and closed across your driveway. This gate requires room on one side of the driveway for the gate to retract when opened. Single sliding driveway gates cost an average of $500 to $1,200 for manual models or $1,050 to $3,350 for automatic.
Double sliding driveway gates have two sliding gates that meet in the middle when closed. When open, the gates retract back onto opposite sides of the driveway, staying perpendicular to the drive. Double sliding driveway gates cost an average of $1,600 to $3,000 for manual models or $2,150 to $5,150 for automatic.
Swinging driveway gates are attached to vertical supports and swing in or out on a hinge. Homeowners with limited property space outside their gate do well with an inward swinging gate, while those with short or upward sloping driveways inside the gate may prefer outward swinging styles. Swinging gates come in single-swing or double-swing models. Your gate price varies depending on the swinging gate you select. The prices below exclude installation and include automation components for the automatic gates.
|Type||Average Costs (Manual)||Average Costs (Automatic)|
|Single Swing||$500 - $3,000||$1,350 - $5,300|
|Double Swing||$1,000 - $4,000||$1,900 - $8,500|
Single swing gates are made of one gate attached to a support on the right or left side. The vertical hinge on the support allows the gate to swing open in or out. The average price for a single swing gate is $500 to $3,000 for manual or $1,350 to $5,300 for automatic.
Double swing driveway gates have two independent swinging gates attached to vertical supports on opposite sides. The hinges on the supports allow the gates to swing in or out and come together in the center when closed. The average price for a double swing gate is $1,000 to $4,000 for manual or $1,900 to $8,500 for automatic.
The third and least common residential driveway gate is the overhead design. There are two styles of overhead gate designs. The first is a sliding door with the track on the top, like a barnyard door. This type of overhead mounted gate works well.
The second overhead door style works by moving up to open and down to close in a vertical lift and pivot motion, much like your standard overhead garage door. This gate comes automated and is well-suited for installations where the homeowner does not have sufficient room for a sliding or swinging gate. It is very secure but expensive to install and is more common for commercial rather than residential areas.
Expect to pay an average of $500 to $3,000 plus installation for a manual overhead driveway gate. Costs for automatic overhead driveway gates range from $1,050 to $9,000.
One of the most visually distinctive features of each driveway is its shape. Not every driveway gate is straight across on the top and bottom. Gates are often curved or angular, but they can also be custom shaped. The most common driveway gate shapes are the standard arc, inverted arc, valley, peak, bell curve, and high-low. The gate shape does not significantly impact the price.
Standard driveway gates have a curved or arched top with its tallest point in the middle. An inverted arc gate has a concave curve and is like an upside-down version of the standard arc. The lowest point of this gate is at its center.
A valley-shaped gate is similar to the inverted arc. However, the valley gate is “V” shaped with its deepest point at the bottom center rather than a gentle curve.
A peak gate is the exact opposite of a valley. This time the “V” shape is turned upside down and comes to its highest point at the top center. Peak gates are lower on the outer edges and resemble a mountain.
A bell curve gate has a graceful curve similar to a standard arc with the tallest point in the center. But instead of flattening out at the outer edges, after a small dip, the ends curve slightly back up.
A high-low gate has vertical structural components like bars of metal or wood planks that are even on the bottom but have heights alternating between higher and lower. This adds visual interest and complexity than a straight visual line made with uniform pieces.
Gate installation teams usually charge between $750 and $1,800 to install a manual gate, depending on the gate’s type, installation difficulty level, and the amount of time the job takes. For example, a lightweight single swing gate costs much less to install than a heavy overhead model. Installing the automation systems for automated gates adds $1,500 to $3,000 to the cost.
The installation process includes measuring, digging post holes, setting the gate posts, adding the hinges or slide hardware, hanging the gate, mounting automatic openers, and adding additional accessories. You can DIY your gate installation for straightforward installations, which can dramatically lower your total cost.
Wood gates in swing and slide configurations require special considerations to install. Wood gates require careful and precise installation to prevent sagging and misalignment. Wood expands and shrinks with moisture and temperature changes, so enough gap must be left between the gate and the posts to avoid binding. It may take longer to install a wood gate than a gate of another material. Plan for an average labor rate of $80 per hour and an installation time of 6 to 8 hours. This puts the labor portion of your wood gate installation cost at $480 to $640.
Not only do you get to choose your material, size, and shape, but you also must select the aesthetic style. Your driveway gate’s style is important because it creates the first impression as visitors approach your home. Whether rustic, modern, or artistic, you can easily find a gate to suit your home.
Farm-style driveway gates have a casual country feel. They look rustic and are traditionally made of wood. Farm gates suit historic farmhouses and other properties with a relaxed vibe.
Ranch-style driveway gates are similar to farm-style, but they are often larger and more stately. A ranch-style gate is a statement piece that sets the tone for your property.
Craftsman-style driveway gates feature intricate and unique woodworking details. Homeowners who opt for a craftsman gate do so for its unexpected patterns, cutouts, angles, and medium choices. Some Craftsman pieces incorporate wood and metal into the design.
Art deco driveway gates look like they come directly from the 1920s. They are typically made of metal and feature elaborate geometric designs. A well-crafted art deco gate is a work of art that welcomes visitors to your stately home.
Estate driveway gates are typically found at the entrances to large, luxurious homes. They are often the widest, tallest, and most upscale gates. Many estate driveway gates are automated and may be paired with extra features like an intercom and security camera.
Picket-style driveway gates are characterized by their distinctive picket fence look. This gate style is traditionally made of wood and has evenly spaced flat vertical plank components with slightly rounded tops.
Driveway gates generally require minimal maintenance to stay in peak operating condition. The gate material and operational type dictate the maintenance needs. For example, a wood gate needs to be annually checked for flaking paint or stain. An iron gate requires rust inspection. The hinges of all gates should be lubricated with a high-quality silicone lubricant. The systems of automatic gates should also be inspected at least annually. If your system relies on a battery, check the battery status and replace it as necessary.
Intercom systems allow those at the gate to call and ask if you can open the gate. They cost anywhere from $250 to $2,350. Systems with especially long ranges or multiple intercom stations are the most expensive.
Exit probes are motion detectors 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 to $350, with longer ranges set at the higher end.
Adding paint to your gate can be done when you order it. Paint protects your gate and allows you to customize the color. On average, paint increases the gate cost by 10-25%.
One of the main reasons for installing a driveway gate is the added security it provides. Improve this security benefit by adding cameras to your gate so that you can easily see who is attempting to access your property. For best results, use cameras designed for outdoors with a waterproof rating. Long-range night vision and high-definition functionality add to the price but give a clearer picture of who or what is approaching your gate. Installing cameras adds an average of approximately $60 to $330 to your total cost.
Installing a driveway gate can add up to $50,000 to the value of your home. The boost you receive for your gate is thanks to the improved curb appeal, enhanced security, and potential privacy.
Depending on your home insurance company, installing a driveway gate may earn you a discount on your policy. Insurance companies see value in driveway gates because they can deter potential criminals. Due to this, you are viewed as a lower-risk client who is less likely to need to make a claim. Lower risk translates into lower cost, and that savings can be passed on to you in the form of lower premiums.
Power outages are always a potential, and electric driveway gate manufacturers have planned for this possibility. Electric gates can come with a battery backup and/or with a manual release key that transfers the gate from electric mode to manual mode. Once the gate is in manual mode, you can manually open and close the gate.
When planning what width you need your driveway gate to be, consider the size and length of any vehicles that you expect to come through it. If your gate is positioned near a sharp curve, realize that longer vehicles like RVs need additional swing room to make the turn. This means you will need a wider gate. Remember to allow space for the gate posts or columns and hinges as well.