Electric driveway gates are a popular choice for people who want added security in their home but without the hassle of having to get out and manually open and close a gate when they’re coming and going. Installing one of these gates has a number of cost variables to consider, with electric gates costing as much as three times the average manual gate cost.
In order to determine what you will spend on electric gate installation, you’ll need to consider the size of the gate, any electrical work or wiring that goes with it, additional hardware, concrete and post-installation, and other factors. The premium cost of electric models comes in the electronics involved, as most are opened with a remote, keypad, or voice sensor that requires more expensive materials and a professional technical installer.
Electric gate installation: the cost of the gate depends on the material chosen.
|Posts ($25-$100 each)||$50-$400|
|Concrete Work ($10-$50 per post)||$10-$200|
|Opener Kit (includes motor and arm)||$1,000-$3,500|
|Sensors, keypads, intercoms, remotes, etc.||$100-$2,000|
|Total Average Cost||$1,790-$9,180|
Cost of the gate by material:
|Vinyl||$600||Inexpensive, easily damaged|
|Wood||$2,000||Looks best but requires a lot of care|
|Steel||$2,200||Durable, low-maintenance option, but heavy|
|Wrought Iron||$2,300||Decorative and good looking, difficult to install|
|Aluminum||$3,000||Lightweight, but may dent more easily|
Other considerations and costs
- The electronic components of your new electric gate will be the most expensive part of the project. Consider gate opener kits and components that include everything that you need in a single package to save money on hardware.
- The size of your gate will also impact the cost of the project. If you have a single drive, for example, you’ll need a narrower gate than if your driveway is double-wide.
- When you work with a professional gate installer, they will be able to help you choose the best motor and hardware for the model of gate that you have selected. Not only will this result in a better product and installation, but it will help you stay on budget.
- Taxes and permits are not included in this estimate. Since this is related to fence work, many cities and areas may require a permit. Check with your installation service to be sure.
While the savvy DIY homeowner may be able to install a fence and manual gate on their own or with a little assistance, electric gate installation is best left to the professionals. This is dangerous work that involves a lot of electrical labor, and it needs to be done by a licensed professional for best results.
- Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
- Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
- Literature review of DIY Web sites.