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Retractable Gates vs. Traditional Gates

Whether you prefer traditional or contemporary styling, a metal gate is so much more than a barrier. Sure, installing a driveway gate can have a positive impact in this regard, upping your home’s defence. That said, you can’t deny the other big wins, such as elevating character, style and value.

The Great Gate Debate

From that initial research stage through to comparisons and deciding on the right size, shape and material for your home, it’s crucial to think long and hard about the type of operation that best suits your needs. From sleek retractable gates designs, such as telescopic sliding gates through to smart looking bi-folding driveway gates, there are now plenty of space-saving designs, especially for properties with short driveways or sloping ground.

Traditional swing gates remain the most popular choice for many homeowners, however, the type of gate that’s best for you depends on the space, slopes, speed (of operation) and whether there’s a need for automated features like access via a smartphone, remote control or fob.

Why are Traditional Gates Timeless?

Whether you have a small steel pedestrian gate for your cosy cottage in the countryside or large wrought iron estate gates, traditional swing gates are always going to be well suited for most homes – they look great, they’re easy to operate and complement a wide range of architectural styles. You could argue that having contemporary sliding driveway gates or automatic, retractable driveway gates, telescopic sliding gates or bi-folding gates will give most homes a boost in terms of style, however, they’re not necessarily going to be the easiest to install or maintain.

Traditional gates combine simplicity with compatibility, durability, and cost-effectiveness, so they do tick more boxes. Just take a look at our Saxon Wrought Iron Style Double Metal Driveway Gates, which serve up plenty of personality with a delightful double row of fleur de lys finials while easily complementing any contemporary and traditional setting. Looking for the perfect blend of class and minimalism? Our Marlborough Wrought Iron Style Metal Estate Gates are handmade in the UK, in an eye-catching traditional design.


Perfectly Picked

We know that with great choice comes a great deal of versatility – but also one or a few questions! There are so many different types of traditional gates available, whether that’s for your garden, driveway or estate but to ensure you get off to the best possible start, it’s never to early to think about space, sizing, usage and operation.

Are you looking to boost security, or do you see new gates as a way of upping your aesthetic appeal and with that, the overall value of your home? Your unique needs, your lifestyle, budget and the level of security and privacy you desire for your family will all come into play when you’re considering between various designs. The good news is we’ve made that job even easier. At Metal Gates Direct, we don’t just sell traditional gates, but also bi-fold gates, estate gates, side gates, aluminium gates, wrought iron gates, retractable security gates, collapsible grilles, window bars, railings and fencing.

If you’d like to explore our huge collection of driveway gates and start narrowing down the right combination to suit your tastes and budget, please don't hesitate to contact us on 0844 804 5577. Alternatively, please send us a message, and we’ll be back in touch as soon as possible.

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