As more Capetonians have started working from home – or in a hybrid capacity – there has been an increase in the overall awareness of home safety. While advances in technology have allowed us access to more surveillance tools, such as doorbell cameras; however, for the average South African, having only cameras isn’t going to cut it.
The range of security gates Cape Town offers designed and manufactured by Glow Innovations are reliable, trustworthy and a classic way to keep your home or private property safe from being accessed by strangers on the street.
Choosing the perfect security gate to meet your needs may be daunting. But be assured, the ideal gate is waiting for you to discover it.
Security Gates For Driveways: Factors To Consider
At Glow Innovations, we offer a wide range of options when manufacturing security gates Cape Town has made so popular in recent years. Therefore, you may need to consider a few things before purchasing a gate from us. From the look to the durability and strength of your potential security gates, there are many things you may have yet to think of.
Here are a few key points you may want to consider when deciding on security gates Cape Town homes now demands for security standards:
- What is the most important feature of the security gates that will protect your driveway? Consider whether you want your gates to be particularly strong or difficult to climb.
- How much privacy should your security gates provide? Depending on what area you will be installing the security gates, Cape Town will display may directly influence the amount of privacy you want. Consider whether you would like a set of gates that completely conceal your driveway or whether you want gates with thin, steel bars that leave the driveway open to street view.
- Do you want to choose from an existing design, or would you like bespoke security gates? Glow Innovations offers several options to tailor your security gates to your precise taste. This includes iron castings, decorative scrolls, and logos that can be cut into your driveway gate design.
- Customising your driveway security gates Cape Town is famous for working well with Glow Innovations allows you to choose the material and colour finish of your gates.
- What is your budget? Glow Innovations will always remind you that design determines how much your security gates Cape Town will display costs. Our website can help you calculate the cost of the gates you are considering, and this will help guide your design choice and how it suits your budget.
It is important to note that no matter your budget, whether the most expensive customisation or the most economical option, our gates are designed and built to be durable and provide the best security upgrades to your home.
Security Gates Cape Town Design Options
We have 18 pre-designed driveway security gate options, including wood, steel, and Nutec. Each gate design can be customised, including the wood or metal finish used to create the dream driveway security gates Cape Town will proudly display.
Each of the wooden gate options has several kinds of wood to choose from, including:
SA Pine Timber:
This is one of the most cost-effective timbers found in the country. It is a hard, inflexible wood with low bending and stiffness qualities. SA Pine Timber is also known to resist large shock loads and is a strong, hardy wood.
This wood choice will require maintenance within the first 12 to 18 months, requiring light sanding and sealing with a wood guard. After that, it needs care every 18 to 24 months.
This variety of pine wood originates from Europe and is known for its durability and appearance. It is easily recognisable by its yellow-white to red-white sapwood and red-brown heartwood.
The term “thermo” refers to the process of thermal modification. This preserves the wood in its most natural state, increasing its lifespan. Often this will result in the caramelisation of the wood as its glucose increases during the process. This can result in a more stunning aesthetic appeal and aids in the wood’s durability.
Thermo wood is also water resistant, reducing the chance of wood decay and swelling and shrinking.
This wood requires a light maintenance routine every 12 to 18 months and can be oiled to prevent discolouration.
This is considered one of the best “bang for your buck” wood options. Known as an even-grained redwood, Meranti has intermediate bending qualities.
This wood choice will require maintenance within the first 12 to 18 months, requiring light sanding and sealing with a wood guard. After that, it needs care every 18 to 24 months, depending on environmental factors such as UV exposure.
Also known as American Tulipwood, this wood variety is completely unrelated to the Poplar group. Like Poplars, however, this tree grows quite tall and is known for being strong despite its light.
As the wood is thermo-processed, it is more resistant to wood rot and has a caramelised appearance.
It is also the ideal wood option for laminated beams and requires minimal cleaning every 12 to 18 months.
This dense hardwood is native to Brazil, sometimes called “Brazilian Ash” or “Brazilian Hardwood”.
As this wood is known for its durability, it is a popular choice for exteriors and outdoor structures. It is, however, important to note that this wood leeches natural oils and turns silver with age.
While the wood can be oiled, it needs no ongoing maintenance.
All wooden gates also offer multiple options for the finish of the steel used to frame the entrance. This includes colours such as plain galvanised, black and green.
If you are looking for steel security gates, Cape Town needs protection. Glow Innovations also has the steel option that will have you covered! While several styles of gates are available in our catalogue, it is important to remember that if the type you have chosen has spikes, the shape of the ends and finish of the steel are completely up to you.
Here are the spike options:
If the gate you selected has spikes anywhere but does not suit your needs, the tips can be completely omitted from the gate.
Razorcomb functions as an anti-climbing deterrent, allowing your chosen security gates Cape Town houses will keep you safer.
Fleur De Lys:
These spikes are usually made of three smaller tips which come together to form the shape of a flower. Usually, these spikes represent a lily or iris and have anti-climbing qualities.
These security gates Cape Town demands have spikes that are inspired by the blade-shaped ends that can typically be found on swords or daggers. While these spikes are a reliable way of ensuring your gates provide the protection your driveway needs. For those considering DIYing their gate installation, it is important to be careful as these spikes are quite sharp.
Diamond-shaped spikes are a classic and timeless spike choice. As predicted, these spikes form the well-recognised shape of a diamond, elevating a gate to new aesthetic levels.
If you enjoy the appeal of minimalism, this may be the spike option for you. These slender, sharp spikes not only provide more security but a more streamlined look as well.
As the ends of these spikes are sharp, those considering a DIY option must be particularly vigilant during installation.