A garden gate or side gate is often intended to protect certain areas, to keep kids or pets out of trouble, for keeping away possible intruders, or simply for privacy. However, a garden gate also give the first impression to people visiting your home and is thus an important element for the home improvement buff to consider.There are many different kinds of garden gates available; common materials for a garden gate include wood and aluminum. Aluminum garden gates are useful as security measures, as they can be built quite tall and are very sturdy. They are sometimes simple vertical bar gates, but may also be made to resemble wrought iron styles. Depending on the manufacturer, an aluminum garden gate may cost about the same or slightly more than a steel garden gate. Gates made from either material can be highly decorative, and are often used to complement formal garden styles.
Wooden garden gates have a reputation as being far more rustic, but can be quite beautiful. Amenable to painting and available in an endless variety of styles, wooden garden gates match beautifully with natural material fences, such as stone, wooden, or plant-covered styles. Wooden gates also have the advantage of being an easy do-it-yourself project, whereas most metal gates come as finished products and cannot be modified. After all, a garden gate might be a small detail in itself. But it can definitely be highly practical in operation as well as a decorative addition to the outside of your property.