Some Options to Consider for Your Ornamental Fence Gates

Some Options to Consider for Your Ornamental Fence Gates

One of the best ways to boost your home’s curb appeal is to invest in ornamental fence gates.

One of the best ways to boost your home’s curb appeal is to invest in ornamental fence gates. By transforming mundane fences and gates into something more visually striking, you can quickly become the envy of the neighborhood. Here are some examples of how to do just that.

Customizing Ornamental Fence Gates

Depending on space requirements and neighborhood association regulations, you can consider customizing your ornamental fence gates in these ways:

Swinging Gates: Swinging gates are the most common type of residential gates used across the country. These gates can be used in narrow areas of your yard, such as the garden or the pathway to your backyard. If you need a gate of a certain size, that shouldn’t present a problem either, since swinging gates can be anywhere between 3 and 10 feet tall. Even if you need a taller gate for a privacy fence, you can still pull it off.

Arching Gates: Arching gates are a type of swing gates. However, arching gates are seen as more elegant. Consider using arching gates for the main entrance gate, especially if that main entrance gate is on a long driveway. Depending on your tastes, these gates can be decorated either with regular pickets, or fancy scroll work.

Rolling Gates: Rolling gates are also known as slide gates. These gates sit on wheels set along a track. If you’re adding a gate to an area where a hinged gate is impractical, a rolling gate can provide an unexpected solution. For instance, if trees and boulders get in the way of your swinging gate, choose a rolling gate instead.

Other Finishing Touches

Putting the finishing touches on your ornamental fence gates is the easiest part of the process. These embellishments will add some real flair to your gates:

  • Finials: Finials are decorative touches that go on metal fences. Sometimes, fences will have these finials already attached. But other times the finials can be moved around and altered to your liking. Another benefit of using these decorations is that you can trade them out for different finials and you can alternate between spiked designs and round ones.
  • Knuckles: Finials are used as decorations on the top of ornamental fence gates. Knuckles, however, are used to enhance the pickets of the fence. Pattern ideas you can use include diamonds, waves, and accents. Installing the knuckle is easy – all you have to do is connect the two halves of the knuckle by screwing them until the knuckle is secure.


Whether you would like ornamental fence gates installed or your aluminum fence to be repaired, replaced, or would like an iron fence (period!), the pros at Hercules Custom Iron are ready to help.  For more information and to learn how we can meet your custom fencing needs, contact Hercules Custom Iron online or giving us a call at 1-800-331-2590. We will ensure your investment serves your family for years to come! For updates and to see projects we’re working on, visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube,  Google+, and Pinterest.

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