Things To Consider When Choosing a Driveway Gate

Installing an automatic driveway gate is a great way to increase the security and privacy of your home, while providing attractive curb appeal.

There are numerous options available when it comes to driveway gates, and choosing one that is best for your property and personal style is easier said than done. The right automated gate is the first impression of your home, while providing a first line of security measures. So how do you ensure that you choose the best for your needs?

At Centra Systems Hawaii, electric gate installation and access control are our specialties. We provide both practical and beautiful gate choices for single family homes, residential communities as well as commercial properties in the Hawaiian Islands. In this blog, we are going to share some factors to consider when selecting a driveway gate for your property.


Gate Type

Electric driveway gates are available with several operator and automation options. The two most popular types of automation are sliding gates and swinging gates. Choosing the appropriate style of automation depends on existing infrastructure, personal style and preference, commercial vs residential applications, as well as various property limitations including location and slope of your driveway. Therefore, we always prefer to schedule an onsite consultation and work with you to provide the best solutions possible.

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Gate Material

Driveway gates are available in a variety of materials and mediums, which can be used to enhance the attractiveness of your property, while providing strength and durability. At Centra Systems Hawaii, we fabricate driveway gates in a variety of materials. Some of the most popular driveway gate materials include:

  • Aluminum - Ideal for most gate installations in Hawaii! Aluminum gates are durable, don’t rust, and are versatile when it comes to design and customization.

  • Black Steel - Both solid and practical. Steel gates offer excellent strength at a cost effective price tag. Fair warning, over time steel gates tend to wear down and rust in harsh oceanfront environments.

  • Stainless Steel - Strength, beauty, and rust resistance! Stainless steel gates are great for heavy duty commercial applications.

  • Wood - Offering a rich and natural appearance, wooden clad gates provide a stunning entrance to your property, increase privacy, and help to block out noise.

  • Copper - While we at Centra Systems do not fabricate with copper, gates created with these mediums can be absolute works of art. We do provide beautiful faux finishes that mimic the patina’d look this style of gates achieve, while providing the strength of other materials.

Gate Access Control

Access control is an integral part of any electric gate system, and provides both simple and enhanced functionality. There are many types of access control solutions that can be incorporated into an automated gate system, providing functionality, safety and security. Determining the appropriate options for your property will depend on your desires, security concerns, and willingness to add additional IT infrastructure for certain solutions.

From simple wireless keypads, to remote control, phone systems, phone applications, and long-range vehicle readers, Centra Systems Hawaii can help you determine the best gate access control solutions for your property.

If you’re considering increasing the privacy, security, and attractiveness of your property with a driveway gate, Centra Systems Hawaii would love to assist you. Our gate installation and automation experts can help you determine the appropriate gate and access control solutions for your property. To get started, learn more about our new gate fabrication and installation service or schedule a free consultation with our experienced team.

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