When looking to make some form of cost effective home improvements, you can kill 2 birds with one stone by selecting to install new gates and railings around the perimeter of your home. This is because this form of project will not only provide much needed additional security to your home but will also create an aesthetically pleasing design statement that will increase your homes kerb appeal.
Whilst installing new gates or fencing may seem a little daunting at first glance, the job is really easy and is something that the average DIY enthusiast is capable of completing over a single weekend with very little effort.
Choosing the Design
In order to make the right choice when selecting the design that will best suit your homes architectural style look at a few key areas of the home to see if you can draw inspiration from there. By this it is meant that should you have a period property with decorative detailing, then a similar style of gate will work really well. In comparison, modern and contemporary homes will benefit more from a simplistic approach of an uncluttered design that will mirror the straight lines of the home. Simply take your time, look at all the options and you are sure to find something that will work for you at a price to suit your budget.
Measuring the Space
Once you have chosen the design you wish to go for, then it is simply a case of taking all the required measurements and passing them onto your supplier who will be able to have them made to your size requirements. Be careful to ensure measurements taken are accurate otherwise you may find yourself having something made that will not fit when it arrives. In addition to this, should you require posts to fix the gates off, remember to factor these in aswell.
Fitting the Gates & Railings
Installing a simple garden gate is easy and requires only a few tools that most people will already have inside their garage. Simply place the gate within the opening it is to be located, ensure it is vertical and level, mark the fixing locations and drill into place ensuring everything is fastened up tightly and the job is done.
Where railings are to be installed the job is the same however you will need to make fixing holes at both sides of the opening to secure them into place. One point to note is that when fitting a railing, be sure it is level otherwise it will be noticeable to everyone who passes by and will ultimately detract from the look of your property.
In conclusion, by adding a new layer of security to the boundary of your property you will not only reduce the chances of being the victim of crime but will also give your home a facelift when viewed from the street so long as the right style garden gates and railings are selected.
Article been contributed by Garden Gates Direct, a leading independent supplier of high quality garden gates and railings suitable for all residential applications no matter how big or small.