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What are the Different Types of Decorative Gates?

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There are several types of decorative gates for homes and businesses. Some of the most common include wrought iron, the picket style gate fence, and the chain link style. The type of decorative fencing chosen usually varies on the location, need, and preference of the owners. Other factors such as security also affect the fencing and gate choice. In many cases, it is possible to choose ornamental fences and gates and still enjoy functionality and a high level of security, based on the needs of the home or business.

One of the most common and well loved style of decorative gates is the wrought iron gate. These gates run the gauntlet from very simple and plain with understated designs to wildly ornate designs with elegant loops and twists in a variety of unique styles. Wrought iron gates are traditionally tall, ranging from 48 inches to 72 inches (approximately 122 to 183 cm). The vertical bars are normally spaced 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 cm) apart, allowing passersby to look in to the property. They are often used as driveway and estate gates.

Traditionally, wrought iron gates were painted black. Home and business owners also paint them in a variety of colors to make them visually noticeable and interesting. Manufacturers have begun fashioning these ornamental gates out of other metals, such as galvanized steel and aluminum, which are more durable and require less maintenance than iron.

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Another traditional fence and gate style that enjoys continued popularity is the white picket gate and fence. They are constructed from horizontal posts with a body of vertical wooden slats and are much shorter than the wrought iron fence, normally ranging from 12 to 24 inches (31 to 61 cm). Traditionally, these decorative gates are installed as entrances to gardens or yards and, because of their height, normally do not serve as a security measure. It is common to see this type of gate on buildings that feature less ornate designs, as many people feel picket fences and gates add an old world charm to homes, businesses, and entire neighborhoods.

Chain link fences are another common type of fencing and gate. These fences and decorative gates are used to section off spaces, as in the case of suburban areas or around business yards. The fencing is simple and standardized, and rolls of chain link can be ordered from home improvement stores and cut to length for self-installation. Chain link gates often have special decorative touches, which lends the visual styling of a wrought iron fence.

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