Basic Repairs for Moms

Make Sure Your New Automatic Gate Is The Right Height

The material is the most important consideration when choosing an automatic gate, right? The answer is no. While often an afterthought, the height of the gate is a very important factor. If you're not considering this, you may end up with an automatic gate that isn't suited for your needs. If you need some help choosing the right height for your gate, here are some tips to help you:

Homeowners Association

Before you start researching contractors and choosing materials for your automatic gate, it's important that you first reach out to your homeowner's association, if there is one that governs your neighborhood.

It's not uncommon for these organizations to have strict guidelines pertaining to the type of materials and even height of gates you can have. If you ignore this and install an automatic gate without contacting them first, not only may you be required to remove the gate, but you may also face a fine for the violation. Check out this information first to ensure you don't run into any issues.

Function of Automatic Gate

The next thing you want to do is consider the function of the automatic gate you're installing as this will give you a good idea as to how tall of a gate you should consider. For instance, if you're simply looking for an automatic gate to provide a safe space for your young children to run around and play in the yard, an especially tall automatic gate might not be necessary.

However, if you're looking for an automatic gate for security reasons or to keep a large dog contained, a taller automatic gate is likely more suitable. Once you know why you're installing the automatic gate, it's easier for you to determine the ideal height.

Home Configuration

It's also a good idea to consider the configuration of your home. An automatic gate is not just a functional addition to your home, you also want it to be complementary. If it's not, this can lower your home's curb appeal. In terms of configuration, consider the height of your home.

If your home has two-stories, a tall automatic gate won't create much of an issue. However, if you have a one-story home, with a low foundation, a very tall automatic gate can make your home look even shorter, which is probably not the look you're going for. Chose a height that is going to be complementary to your home.

Make sure you are not undervaluing the importance of choosing an automatic gate that is the right height. Check out a website like for more information and assistance. 

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Basic Repairs for Moms

Hi, my name is Annie Sullivan. I'm a stay-at-home mom with four kids between the ages of 1 and 7. Two of them are twins: they're 3. Let me tell you--you learn a lot as a mom that you would never expect! Not only am I chef, chauffeur, teacher, and caretaker, but I also have become an amateur repair man, plumber, and construction worker. I do more heavy lifting and repair work than I ever imagined. Do you know how many Barbies can fit down a toilet drain? It's quite surprising. Do you know how to get them out? I do. I've learned a lot of this just through trial and error--and the internet. I also had my husband teach me some tricks, since I usually can't wait until he gets home to solve the problem. Hopefully you other moms out there can learn something from this site!