Arched vs. Straight Driveway Gate Designs

Straight Gate Designs in Dallas Texas

Many homeowners add driveway gates for added security and the safety of their home and family, but it doesn’t mean you have to ignore the design. When looking for the perfect gate design, most people want it to match their property.

Ever since the Romans incorporated an arched shape in their structures, it’s become a part of many designs, including some driveway gates. While the straight design gives the property a simple and modern look, an arched gate portrays a classic, elegant style.

Style and Preferences

When choosing the gate design, every homeowner prefers a particular style. In most cases, it will reflect the style of the home, or the home will influence a custom design. Most homeowners want their gates to blend seamlessly with their property.

Paying Attention to Features

When choosing the gate design, we should consider the property features. Every property has unique features, and hiding them behind enormous solid gates will be a shame.

Use the gate design to frame a piece of the natural beauty your property possesses. Besides the visual appeal, it will also add value to your property. Discuss design variations with the gate designer and identify one that suits your property.

Consider the Cost

Selecting an arched driveway gate may cost you a bit more due to the fabrication of arches. It involves special machinery and qualified labor to produce the perfect curves that fit your overall property style and home design.

If you opt for an arched design, you can choose between “box framing” or a “rolling frame” to create the custom arches. However, box framing is usually used for bulkier designs.

Choice of Material

Regardless of the gate design, be sure to choose a suitable material to avoid any issues with the gate’s weight. Homeowners often select bulky-looking gates without realizing they might be too heavy. 

Although most manufacturers use steel, many use aluminum as a lighter option. Aluminum is lightweight and visually appealing, plus, your gate won’t rust as easily.

Pros and Cons

Straight gates go well with modern house styles, completing the whole look of the house. They offer a modern and sophisticated look, and at the same time, it provides a visual effect of simplicity and elegance.

The curves of the arched gates make us think of classic historic buildings, a shape often associated with aristocratic homes. In that sense, it will turn your driveway into a grand entrance. It will give the house an elegant look, and depending on the choice of the curve, you can make the design look imposing or give it a gentler and softer look.

However, you might have to pay more for arched gates because of the process of producing the curves and waves. 

Customized Gate Designs

Every homeowner wants a customized gate that fits their security needs and style. 4 Sure Gates offers hundreds of types and designs to choose from — just find the one that best suits your home!

We can work with any budget, no matter what style you choose. Get in touch with our team today!

The 4 Sure Gate Guide to Modern Gate Designs

The sheer number of modern gate designs can overwhelm any homeowner. To help you narrow down your choices, 4 Sure Gates compiled a simple guide to modern front gate designs.

Gates can be categorized according to style and operation. There are three gate designs according to style: swing, sliding, and retractable.

Swing Gates

These gates swing open up to 90° to allow the vehicle entry, commonly swinging toward the direction. Swing gates may swing away from the property, provided that it won’t block traffic, even when fully open. 

There are two types of swing gates: single swing and double swing.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Invest in swing gates if your driveway is on a flat plane. Swing gates aren’t ideal for sloped driveways as they scrape the ground.
  • Choose single-swing gates if the driveway or walkway is small.
  • Choose double-swing gates if the driveway is wide, so the weight of the gate is evenly distributed. Plus, it’s easier to open and close.


Swing gates are a classic entrance gate design, which means they will complement most properties. However, it looks best with homes with a traditional design. 

Sliding Gates

Sliding gates consist of one large gate that slides to the side via metal rollers and disappears to the side of the entryway. These are the best option if you are looking to save space. Unlike swing gates, sliding gates don’t occupy much ground when opened.

Sliding gate designs fall into four categories:

  • Rolling electric gates have rubber wheels, so they don’t need a track. These give you a simple and uncluttered design. 
  • V-Track electric gates slide on a v-shaped track. It’s best for areas that don’t experience snow; the track might freeze or get obstructed by snow.
  • Cantilever sliding gates have neither track nor wheels. It doesn’t touch the ground and is supported fully by the rails on the side of the gate. If your driveway is rocky or if you experience snowy weather, cantilever sliding gates are your best choice.
  • Telescopic sliding gates are made up of two or three panels, which stack in front of one another and fold compactly into the side of the gate. 


Any property would look great with sliding gates. However, sliding gates complement homes with short driveways. They also look best on properties with a modern design.

Retractable Ground Gates

As their name suggests, retractable gates slide (sink) into a recess on the ground. This modern metal gate design is ideal for homeowners who:

  • Want to save the most space. Retractable ground gates require no additional square footage.
  • Have an extremely wide gate. No matter how wide the gate is, you can open and close it within seconds.
  • Are willing to meet a high upfront cost. Retractable ground gates are more expensive than their swinging or sliding counterparts.


Most retractable ground gates comprise metal tubes or slabs. They give off a modern, sophisticated look. 

Manual vs. Automatic Gates

In terms of operation, fence gate designs are divided into two categories: manual and automatic.

  • Manual gates are for homeowners who don’t mind opening and closing the gates by hand and latching and unlatching the locks. Manual gates are also more affordable and don’t depend on power.
  • Automatic gates are for homeowners who are willing to spend more in exchange for greater convenience.

If you’re not sure which gate design (style and operation) you want, don’t hesitate to contact 4 Sure Gates. We’ll help you determine the gate that meets your goals. 

Call us at (817) 965-7873 or leave us a message today.

The Best Automatic Gate Designs for Your Home or Business

men repairing a black metal gate in fort worth, TX

4 Sure Gates loves all kinds of gate designs, from commercial gates to residential gates, electric automatic gates to manual sliding, lift, swing, and other styles. We have worked with it all in our decades of experience in the local gate installation and gate repair industry!

If you want to see some of our most popular gate designs, check out our Gate Design page to find your perfect match! Don’t see what you like? We work with all the major brands and can find the perfect size, style, material, and opening-style for your home or your business.

Gate Materials, Styles, Sizes – Oh My!

We believe in providing not only safe and simple security, but beautiful security, which is why we offer a large selection of styles, materials, and sizes for your gate. We want your gate to be a reflection of your personal style, your home, or your business.

Gate Opening Styles

If you want a swing-gate or lift-gate, sliding, or other opening options, we can accommodate! Driveway gates can be purchased plain, with ornate design elements, or customized with spear tips, scrollwork, puppy pickets, or infilled options.

4 Sure Gates has so many styles and can match your style preferences to a T. And, of course, 4 Sure Gates driveway gates are always built to last with premier materials from the best brands.

Gate Weights & Sizes

From our classic gated community designs, which can weigh up to 500 lbs depending on the size and style that is ordered, to smaller and lighter designs for driveways or paths, we are able to match your style and size needs.

Though most of our gates come in 10, 12, and 14-foot widths for singles, and 14, 16, and 18-foot widths for double or bi-parting gates, we are able to accommodate other sizes and requests as well.

Gate Operators

Don’t waste your time with a gate repair company that only has a handful of cookie-cutter options, choose one with the selection you want!

4 Sure Gates offers a huge selection of gates both automatic and manual, so you can match your home or property style to your gate and your gate operator with ease. We want to make the process easy for you and match your style seamlessly from the perimeter of your property to your front door.

Even solar operators are becoming more readily available and popular – ask your 4 Sure Gates team member today to learn more about these unique and green features!

Gate Materials

Vinyl, wood, iron, aluminum, or steel – your gate materials are varied when considering an automatic gate system from 4 Sure Gates.

And though iron, aluminum, or steel are the most popular choices due to their strength and ease of maintenance, wood and vinyl are still sometimes used depending on the climate, style, and location.

And, of course, if your wood or vinyl gate needs repairing or maintenance – 4 Sure Gates can help there as well!

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Contact 4 Sure Gates for Your Unique Design Today!

We work with different opening styles, like sliding gates, swing gates, dual-opening automatic gates, and more in addition to the many design aesthetics above!

Most of our clients already know what opening style and design look they want, but if you do not – we are here to help. With our vast knowledge of the industry, products, designs, and brands, we can help you with whatever choices you need!

We can base your opening style or design on your business or home’s area and driveway, or your use for the gate.

Contact 4 Sure Gates at (817) 965-7873 with any questions and we will get back to you immediately!