Do you have an entrance to your home that would benefit from a strong and robust physical security barrier to help prevent trespassers and unauthorised visitors from getting through? If so one of the most cost effective options that any homeowner can select is the addition of high quality wrought iron gates. Not only do they provide a barrier for access but they can also help to enhance the appearance of your home thus giving it increased kerb appeal.
With this in mind here we take a look at some of the options available, their associated costs and how effective they are at providing security.
Wrought Iron Garden Gates
Applications – Although generally referred to as a “garden gate” more often than not gates of this design will be used to create a low level security barrier across any pedestrian opening upto 5ft in width (after this a pair is more preferable).
Costs – The price of a wrought iron garden gate can vary depending on the size of the opening, the design and the specification of the materials used to make up the item. As a general guide prices start from around £50 for a light weight ornamental gate, £150 for a medium strength option and upwards of £300 for a heavy duty option.
Effectiveness – Despite the fact that a garden gate is normally 3-4ft high their effect on restricting access should not be underestimated. This is due to the fact that even a small physical barrier can provide a great psychological barrier for people.
Wrought Iron Side Gates
Applications – Whilst they are most commonly used to restrict access down the side of your home a wrought iron side gate can be used for any location where a greater level of security is required without compromising on access for the property owner.
Costs – Depending on your available budget wrought iron side gates range in price from £80 – £800 depending on the level of specification required. At the cheaper end of the market side gates are normally little more than ornamental barriers however they are supplied as standard with a latch that can be secured using a padlock helping to keep unwanted visitors out. In comparison side gates at the top end of the price range will be manufactured using much higher strength components and will be commonly supplied with a mortise lock that is operated in the same manner as any standard front door would be (ie put the key in the lock and press the handle) giving the user much more convenient levels of access and security.
Effectiveness – With an average height of around 6ft a tall side gate is an imposing barrier that is difficult to get over (without been noticed) and will more often than not stop all but the most determined of criminals and trespassers from accessing vulnerable areas of your home.
Wrought Iron Driveway Gates
Applications – Available in hinged, bi folding and sliding designs a pair of well made wrought iron driveway gates will create a strong and effective means of keeping trespassers, passers-by and unauthorised visitors from gaining access to your home. Generally available in a variety of standard sizes with widths ranging from 6ft up to 20ft they not only add security but also make a great statement at the front of your home to boot.
Costs – The most simplistic of driveway gates will be available from £100 however realistically they are not going to offer much in terms of robustness, rigidity and ultimately security. With this in mind you should look to spend somewhere in the region of £300-£750 (for the average driveway opening).
Effectiveness – The provision of a physical security barrier across the largest entrance to your home is a great investment that will ultimately help to keep your vehicle and home safe.
Wrought Iron Estate Gates
Applications – Where security and privacy levels at the boundary of your driveway are of paramount importance the obvious choice is a set of wrought iron estate gates. Not only do they provide a strong and imposing physical security barrier that are capable of withstanding an attack they are also very difficult to climb over due to the increased height (most are around 6-7ft in height).
Costs – Whilst being the most expensive of all the common designs we have looked at a pair of wrought iron estate gates is still a great investment for your home. Prices commonly start around £1000 for a basic model and may increase to £10000 for large automated gates however for this price you will get something that is strong, secure, durable and attractive.
Effectiveness – Manufactured in a height that is difficult to climb over (normally between 6-7ft) a property fitted with a set of wrought iron estate gates will provide all the security a residential property could ever need.
In conclusion, if you have a concern about the security levels your home currently has then purchasing a set of high quality wrought iron gates will be a wise investment and in the long term prove to be money well spent.