Expect to pay between $800 and $5,000 to have driveway security gates installed.
Choosing to have driveway security gates installed at your property not only makes the home more secure but gives it a degree of curb appeal if the gates are in keeping with the neighborhood. The total cost depends on the type of gate—manual or automatic—the materials, features, size, and installation costs for your area.
What factors determine the cost of automatic driveway gates?
If you choose a non-standard color for your gates, then you may pay an extra 10% to 25%. You can have the color changed when you place the order or have it done after they have been installed.
RV gates, which are normally taller than usual gates, giving added privacy, will cost between $1,000.00 and $9,000.00 for automatic gates. They are usually installed to accommodate large vehicles where additional room is needed.
Gate motor cost.
Automatic driveway gate motors can range in price anywhere from under $100.00 to over $1,000.00 depending on the HP requirements, and whether it is battery-operated or hard-wired. The cost of the motor is generally included in the gate opener kit.
Gate opener cost.
Depending on the type of gates, you can expect to pay between $395 and $950 for single swing, $575 to $ 1450 for double swing, and $385 to $900 for a sliding gate opener. The opener must be rated for the gate’s weight—115V for light gates, 230V for heavier gates—hence the price ranges.
Usually, automatic driveway gates are operated using a remote opener. However, if you choose to have a keypad installed as your main method of operating the gates, then this will add approximately $375.00 to $825.00 to the cost of the gate installation.
Driveway gate sensors vary in price according to the type. At present, there are five sensor types available for automatic gates; pressure, motion, radar, active infrared, and passive infrared sensors adding between $200 and $2,000 to the costs.
A gate intercom will allow a homeowner to speak directly to visitors, and allow remote opening of the gate with the push of a button. Adding an intercom system will put an additional $1,000 to $7,000 to the cost of the installation.
For added security, you can add dual retractable bollards to your driveway gate installation, controlling the accessibility of vehicles to your property. The costs for retractable bollards average $275.00 for a single unit including installation, dual bollards will average out to roughly $500.00.
Additional supplies costs.
Installation costs, permits, and inspections.
Installation: The national average for installing a driveway gate is $4,000, however it varies from area to area and can range between $400 and $12,000.
Permits: A permit fee depends on the local authority’s fee structure, but could be in the region of $85 – $215.
Inspections: Inspection costs are generally included with the permit.
How long for installation?
Set aside a day to a week for installation. Depending on the type of gate, it may take two to four days if you require brick piers, another one to two days for the gate(s) and operating systems, and one to two days for accessories such as an intercom, or keypad.
Professional or D.I.Y.
You may be able to save yourself $4,000 in installation costs by doing the work yourself, but any electrical work should be done by a licensed contractor, since a permit will have to be pulled, and the finished work inspected. Any brick or stonework might be best left to a professional to get the best results.
What types of automatic gates are available and what are their costs?
The cost to have security gates ranges from $1,000 to $6,000 with the average coming out at $4,000 for a 12ft x 6ft double swing gate.
Expect to pay between $700 and $5,000 for a driveway gate depending on the material, size, and operation method.
A fence gate can cost as little as $700 for a five-foot chain-link gate or as much as $11,000.00 if you want a 16-foot-high aluminum, double swing, electric gate.
Single swing gates.
The cost of single swing driveway gates (material only) ranges from $1,350.00 to $5,300.00 depending on the choice of material and the area you live in.
If you need double swing gates for your driveway, they will cost anywhere from $1,900.00 to $8,500.00 depending on the choice of materials and your area excluding installation costs.
Electric sliding gates.
Electric sliding gates vary in price between $1,050.00 and $3,350.00. The size of the gate, the material you desire, and whether you require one or two gates also affect the final cost.
Chain link gates.
Chain link driveway gates are considered entry-level and made from inexpensive but long-lasting materials. For a manual gate, it will cost between $180.00 and $1,000. An automatic chain-link gate costs between $700.00 and $5,500.00 depending again on overall size.
Iron gates can vary in price depending on the complexity of the design and size. A manual gate will cost between $600.00 and $4,000.00, while an automatic iron gate can range between $1,150.00 and $8,600.00.
Composite material gates.
Because of their low maintenance properties, composite gates can work out more expensive. For example, a manual composite gate will cost between $800.00 and $5,000.00, and an automatic version costs between $1,200.00 and $9,000.00.
Vertical pivot or lift gates.
If space is limited on your property, then a vertical pivot (aka lift gate) gate may be the answer. A basic metal lift gate is relatively inexpensive compared to other types, ranging from $500.00 to $4,000.00.
Curved sliding gates.
Curved sliding gates fall under the custom gate category since they are made in sections with special curved tracks and fittings to suit the installation. You should budget for an extra 25% to 50% on top of the cost of a standard sliding gate.
Classic wrought iron gates.
Wrought iron driveway gates can be elaborate and ornate thanks to the metal’s versatility. The average cost for a manually operated gate is between $600.00 and $4,000.00. An automatic wrought iron gate will cost between $1,150.00 and $8,600.00.
Wood driveway gates.
Wooden driveway gates are heavy, extremely strong, beautiful to look at and enhance your property’s curb appeal. An automatic wooden driveway gate can cost, between $850.00 to $8,500.00.
Vinyl driveway gates are another low-cost, low-maintenance choice. An automatic driveway gate manufactured from vinyl will cost between $750.00 and $5,600.00 depending on the choice of design.
If you are looking for a lightweight gate, then aluminum is your best choice. It is low-maintenance, will not sag, and is less likely to be misaligned. The average cost ranges from $2,350.00 to $8,600.00.
Steel gates are considerably heavier than aluminum, but they can be less expensive. They are also less prone to damage. Typical prices for steel driveway gates come in around $600.00 to $4,000.00.
Costs of residential electric gates by opening method.
Sliding electric gates costs.
An electric gate that slides to the left or the right of your driveway rolling on a track with rollers mounted to the gate will cost between $1,050.00 and $3,350.00 depending on the size of the gate and other criteria. Double sliding doors will cost $2,150.00 – $5,150.00
Overhead automatic gate.
An overhead electric driveway gate that moves up and down in a pivot motion is ideal for a homeowner who doesn’t have room for a sliding gate. The cost for this type of driveway gate ranges from $1,050.00 to $9,000.00.
Swing gate costs.
For a single swinging gate expect to pay anywhere from $1,350.00 to $5,300.00. Double swing gates will cost slightly more—between $1,900.00 and $8,500.00. The prices vary considerably depending on the style of gate you select.
Cost of the labor to install an electric gate.
To have an electric gate installed, you should budget for installation teams to charge between $50.00 and $150.00 per hour. The range of costs is determined by who is doing the work. Not only will installation technicians be involved but electricians will be required to handle the wiring installation.
Cost to add an automatic opener to an existing gate.
Adding an electric opener to an existing gate depends on the opener type and the length of time to complete the installation. Prices range from $400.00 to $5,000.00 for gate openers and the cost of labor to install the system can vary from $30.00 to $80.00 per hour.
Different power source costs.
There are three choices of power source for a gate opener. Battery-powered, solar-powered, and hard-wired, each one having varied associated costs. A battery-operated gate opener may cost between $200.00 and $600.00, a solar-powered opener $500.00 to $2,000.00, and a hard-wired gate opener between $400.00 and $5,000.00.
Costs of gate openers by motor power.
The size and weight of the gate will determine the power of the motor needed, light duty (115V-single phase), medium duty (230V-single phase), or heavy-duty (208V to 460V-three phase). A light-duty motor costs between $200.00 and $1,000.00, a medium-duty motor $350.00 and $2,000.00, and a heavy-duty motor $450.00 and $5,000.00.
Automatic driveway gate benefits.
There are benefits to be gained by having an automatic driveway gate such as:
Being able to control who can have access to your property means you can minimize the risk of being a victim of crimes like vandalism or theft. Your gate can be connected to your alarm system alerting you when anyone tries to enter your property.
If your driveway gate is manually operated, then having to get out of the car, and open and close the gate can be inconvenient, especially if it’s raining. With an automatic gate, with one simple push of a button, your gate will open and close.
Property value increases.
With an automatic driveway gate installed, the value of your property will probably increase. By giving the property a certain amount of protection, it is less prone to being damaged by criminals, or vandals, and makes it more attractive to potential buyers.
Not only does an automatic gate provide extra security, but it also gives you greater privacy. The majority of gates are situated some distance from the home reducing the chance of “prying neighbors”, “peeping toms”, or other forms of invasion.
With the different design options and materials available, you can get a driveway gate that not only protects you and your family but matches or blends in with the rest of the architecture and landscaping of the property.
Lower insurance premiums.
Your property insurance premiums may be reduced by your insurance company if you have a driveway security gate installed. They realize that your property is a lower risk as far as being the victim of a break-in or being burglarized.
Better curb appeal.
By installing a high-quality gate at the end of your driveway, your property’s curb appeal will be dramatically improved. You will make your home look more appealing to your neighbors and more inviting to friends and family.
How much does it cost to install a security gate?
The cost of installing a security gate varies depending on the materials and work involved.
• Gate – $600.00 to $3,000.00.
• Support posts – $25.00 to $100.00 each.
• Concrete – $10.00 to $50.00 per post.
• Opener – $1,000.00 to $3,500.00
• Sensors, keypads, etc. – $100.00 to $2,000.00
• Labor costs – $750.00 to $2,500.00
Total costs – $2,500.00 to $11,300.00. However, most homeowners pay an average of $5,000.00 to have a security gate installed.
How much is a power gate?
To have a power gate installed on your property, budget for an average of between $5,000.00 and $6,550.00. These prices are for standard-sized gates and include basic installation charges. Extras such as exit probes will add costs of $250.00 to $350.00 to the price, and intercoms add an extra $1,000.00 to $7,000.00.
How much is a large gate?
Standard driveway gates range in size from 10 feet to 16 feet. The average price for each of these gate sizes is:
•10 feet – $600.00 to $7,000.00
•12 feet – $700.00 to $8,400.00
•14 feet – $900.00 to $8,600.00
•16 feet – $1,100.00 to $9,000.00
How much does it cost to install a gate opener?
Adding an opener to an existing gate will cost between $500.00 and $2,500.00 depending on the opener type and the power supply needed. It can be battery-operated, solar-powered, or connected directly to the property’s electrical panel.
How much does an automatic driveway gate cost?
The national average for an automatic driveway gate is from $1,000.00 to $ $6,000.00 but averages out to around $4,000.00. You could pay as much as $12,000.00 for a 16ft x 8ft aluminum gate with a keypad and intercom.
How much does a wooden driveway gate cost?
Wooden driveway gates vary in price, again depending on the size needed, and whether it is manually operated or automatic. A manual gate will range in price from $300.00 to $4,000.00, while an automatic wooden gate ranges from $850.00 to $8,500.00.