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Driveway Gates Cost, Installation and Price Guide

Installing a driveway gate at your home not only adds a welcoming or elegant entrance, but it can also add security as well. There are many different types of driveway gates on the market and one can be found that will suit just about any home or driveway.

Depending upon the type of driveway you install, you can also add a bit of value to your home if you decide to sell. Potential home buyers view driveway gates as a nice upgrade and make them feel better about the safety of the driveway and home.

In this Driveway Guides article, we will discuss the most popular driveway gates as well as how much you can expect to pay to have a driveway contractor install one at your home.

Keep in mind while looking at these prices that installation costs will vary by area. You can save upwards of $500 if you choose to install the posts yourself when you consider this is the most labor intensive part of the installation process.

Aluminum Driveway Gates

Some people think that an aluminum gate is the “cheap” way out, but they have come a long way and are now available in a wide variety of strengths.  They can also be found in many different types such as arched,tubular and slide and be a good choice if you are on a budget. Since there are many different types and sizes, costs will vary quite a bit.

Gate Cost:  $1800 – $3800
Installation Cost: $1100 – $1800

Wood Driveway Gates

Wood or cedar driveway gates have become very popular in the last few years and they will fit perfectly with many different types of fences. You do not need to have a split-rail fence to install a wood gate because they fit well with wrought iron or metal as well.  Wood gates are not only strong and sturdy, but also add curb appeal to your property.  There are quite a variety of wood gates from simple split-rail types, plank and also large, ornate carved wood.

Gate Cost: $300 – $4000
Installation Cost: $950 – $1400

Wrought Iron or Steel Driveway Gates

Chances are if you are wowed by a driveway gate at a home, it’s because it is a wrought iron gate. These types of gates are absolutely stunning and come in intricate patterns and add sophistication and beauty to any home. Wrought iron gates are known to last a very long time, so keep this in mind when you look at the pricing. The bigger and more intricate, the more the price. Chances are, you won’t have to replace this gate for a very long time. In addition, there is little to no maintenance that will be needed. Visit to find a wide variety of iron gates to choose from.

Gate Cost: $599 – $4000
Installation Cost: $1200 – $1700

Vinyl Driveway Gates

Vinyl driveway gates have been around over 20 years and are known for their durability and also the fact that they need little to no maintenance. These gates will never rust or rot and unlike a wood driveway gate, they will never fade in color.  Vinyl gates come in many different designs and colors, so you are sure to find one that will enhance your property. They are also considered the most cost effective upgrade you can make to the entrance of your property and they look very high end.

Gate Cost: $120 – $750
Installation Cost: $750 – $1500

If you decide you would like to try this as a DIY project to cut down on installation costs, check out this great video from Lowes Home Improvement that shows the installation of a vinyl gate:


Along with the different materials used for driveway gates, there are additional items you can choose to add to them like automation or security.  Below are the prices you might expect to pay for this upgrade. The prices listed are for the installation of the system, and does not include the price of the actual gate.

Automatic Driveway Gates:

Automatic gate prices will vary depending on whether you want to use a remote control, key pad, or the ability to open it from your phone.

Cost: $1500 – $3000

Security Driveway Gates

Most homeowners that decide to install an automated driveway gate will also opt to have security on it as well. Having this type of gate will add to your driveway safety and security and alert you if you have unwelcome guests. Gates can be purchased as a package that includes automation and security. Or, you can opt to have a driveway alarm installed at a later date. Installation costs will be a bit more since electricity will need to be run both outdoors and indoors for them to function properly.

Cost: $1350 – $3500

Have a driveway gate installed can add so much to your property; beauty, sophistication, security and also make it feel welcome to visitors.  Most gate installations are not considered do it yourself projects and a driveway contractor should be contacted to make sure you don’t ruin your gate investment!

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