Alpha Gate & Door Co.


(817) 381-7788


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Gate Design

Our Gate Design Company was established in 2005. With years of experience and expertise in all forms of specialized gate design services, our team has been serving the gate design services required in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and all of the surrounding areas.

If you have any question regarding our gate design service, we encourage you to schedule an appointment or phone consultation with one of our staff. We are pleased to offer all types of gate design services and maintenance plans that will meet your needs.

  Alpha Gate & Door Co.
         Mon – Sat, 7am – 9pm
         Sun, 8am – 5pm

3622 Lakeridge Dr
       Grapevine, TX 76051

Gate Design Guide

A driveway gate can boost your home’s curb appeal and provides an added layer of privacy and security.

However, it doesn’t take long to realize that designing a gate is more involved than heading to the hardware store.

You must consider different gate materials, an overabundance of gate design options, arches and scallops, custom pillars and statues, paint and stain, lighting options, finials, collars, and other decorative elements, gate inlays and cut-outs, swing vs slide, and gate width and height variations, just to name a few.
Read on for some gate design basics to get understanding about creating your own custom entrance gate.


Customary Types of Gate Materials

The three main materials for gates are wood, metal (which includes wrought iron, bronze, galvanized steel, stainless steel, chain link, and others), and composite. Wood and composite gates are preferred for privacy, while metals are generally for aesthetics or safety such as high-security sites. Can’t decide? You can combine iron pickets or custom iron flourishes with a wooden frame.

Gate Materials

Arches and Scallops

An arch is a curve upward along the top of the gate; a scallop is a downward (u-shaped) curve. If you have a basic design idea in mind but don’t want to look like every other house in the neighborhood, try changing the degree of curve on an arch or scallop to dramatically alter the entire look.

Arches and Scallops

Custom Pillars and Statues

All driveway gates require posts, which can simply be painted to the homeowner’s liking. However, wrapping a post in custom stonework, masonry, wood, or concrete adds a beautiful custom touch that elevates the appeal of even the simplest gate. Statues or decorative planters will also upgrade the look.

Custom Pillars and Statues

Paint and Stain

Wooden driveway gates can be painted with almost any outdoor paint; however, most customers opt for a tinted wood stain to allow the natural beauty of the grain to show through. For a weathered look, you can leave the wood untreated for a month before applying a clear stain. Wrought iron and metal entrance gates get a coat of primer and two coats of finish paint in the color of your choice. (Some gate companies will use powder coating; we don’t recommend this approach because it cannot be fixed on-site.) Composite gates need to be painted and your color options are endless.


Paint and Stain

Lighting Options

Almost all of our customers install lighting at their driveway entrance; it’s strongly recommended for safety purposes as well as aesthetics. Lights can be installed on top of the post, on the front, or on the ground (up-lighting). We recommend that the size of the light fixture balance well with pillar size and gate width. If a fixture is too small, it can get lost in the rest of the design and may not provide enough light.


Lighting Options

Finials, Collars, and Other Decorative Elements

Your gate can have additional decorative elements such as finials, which are small protrusions that extend past the top of the gate; collars, which are added “knob” elements on the pickets themselves; and other custom details such as spirals, squares, and circles. Your imagination is the limit and these additions can dress up an otherwise basic gate design.


Finials, Collars, and Other Decorative Elements

Gate Inlays and Cut-outs

Inlaying a design element or adding a custom cut-out element is a great way for all types of properties to make a driveway gate truly unique. Alpha Gate & Door Co. can create almost anything you can think of – the sky is the limit!


Gate Inlays and Cut-outs

Gate Width and Height

The width of your gate is ultimately dictated by the width of your driveway and surrounding terrain. This is why it can be difficult to install a DIY driveway gate kit. We have encountered many DIY jobs gone wrong, which ends up adding to the overall installation cost. Alpha Gate & Door Co. custom measures each gate to fit your property, which includes any slopes, existing landscaping, gravel or concrete driveways, and so forth.

Varying the height of a gate is a quick way to dramatically alter the look of your driveway. We’ve installed extra-high gates on narrow driveways and low, slatted gates on wide driveways. Discuss options with your designer to come up with the right look for your home.


Gate Width and Height

Swing vs. Slide Entry Gates

As their names imply, swing driveway gates swing outward/inward to open, whereas sliding gates slide to one side to allow the vehicle to pass through.

Sliding gates are great where space is limited and/or there’s a steep slope that prevents the effective use of a swing gate.

However, most residential driveways use a double swing gate, which consists of two separate gates mounted to posts on both sides of the driveway. High-security locations and gated communities can combine a barrier arm with a swing gate for maximum protection.


Swing vs. Slide Entry Gates

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If you still have questions and would like to consult with an expert, contact us today! We’re happy to help you design the perfect gate for your property.

Cities and Towns We Serve in Texas
Addison, Texas
Allen, Texas
Alvarado, Texas
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If you have any question regarding our service, we encourage you to schedule an appointment or phone consultation with one of our staff. We are pleased to offer all types of gate repair and maintenance services for your needs.


3622 Lakeridge Dr. Grapevine, TX 76051


+1 (817) 381-7788