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Can Driveway Gates Open Outwards?

Can Driveway Gates Open Outwards?

I find the frequency of this question peculiar since the need to have gates open outwards is rare, but simply the answer is yes. Automated swinging driveway gates can open outwards if necessary.   Traditionally, gates swing inwards, which is in the direction...

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Steel vs Aluminum Driveway Gates

Steel vs Aluminum Driveway Gates

As you are designing your custom home or ranch entrance, you might run into a debate over whether steel or aluminum driveway gates are better.  I am not going to make an argument for one or the other because we build both.  We do make recommendations after we learn...

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New Ranch Gate for Curb Appeal

New Ranch Gate for Curb Appeal

Karen Boughnou and her retired cutting horse, Copenhagen Cat, live a quiet and humble life in Weatherford, Texas.  She called us about a custom gate because she wanted to add some curb appeal after a health issue inspired her to quit putting off some of her dreams....

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3 Types of Finishes for Custom Iron Gates

3 Types of Finishes for Custom Iron Gates

Building iron gates is our way of putting art into the world.  The finish is the final brush stroke.  To set our gates apart, we have invested in high-quality, custom gate finishes that enhance and augment our art.  There are three basic types for iron gates: Powder...

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2nd Annual Review – Mistakes and Favorite Gates 2019

2nd Annual Review – Mistakes and Favorite Gates 2019

When I tried to come up with a better title for this year’s review, I got hung up on making it rhyme again.  So, I gave up and decided to make this a second annual title.   MISTAKES OF 2019   I'm not sure that everything on my list is really a mistake.  These are...

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Arched vs Straight Driveway Gate Designs

Arched vs Straight Driveway Gate Designs

When you are trying to imagine your perfect home or ranch driveway gate, it is easy to get  excited and overwhelmed with all the options.  But, deciding whether you want an arched vs straight-line design is a fundamental first step.   The factors that might...

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Holiday Driveway Gate Do’s & Don’ts

Holiday Driveway Gate Do’s & Don’ts

October seems to officially kick-off the season for decorating your driveway gate.  With the season, comes family gatherings, neighborhood parties, and sadly an increased need for a closed gate.  To maintain security, welcome guests and make your wife happy, we’ve got...

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“Modern-Day” Texas Ranch Gates

“Modern-Day” Texas Ranch Gates

In order to discuss if there is a difference in the historical ranch gates of Texas and the gates of today, We must consider the shift in their purpose from a way to find your destination in the sparsely settled state to the current necessity for...

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How Much Does a Driveway Gate Cost?

How Much Does a Driveway Gate Cost?

Nine times out of 10 you are calling us with a version of this question.  You might warm us up a little with some small talk, but “how much” is the primary reason for your call.I know you think that when you contact a place that builds gates for a living that price...

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Bless Frankie’s Heart! – Employee Profile

Bless Frankie’s Heart! – Employee Profile

Many of you that know my husband, Jeffery, tell me, “Bless your heart.  I don’t know how you do it”   While I appreciate it, you should save a heap of that “blessing” for Frankie Love.  He has been with Aberdeen Custom Gate & Iron for five years. Most of...

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Calling an Expert vs Reading the Manual

Calling an Expert vs Reading the Manual

I originally started writing this article for the readers who would like to have access to our commonly-used, electric-gate-operator and keypad manuals, but then I didn’t want to leave out people like me who get the sweats over reading a manual.  So, hang with me...

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Meet the Tunnells: Gardening, Grandkids, & God

Meet the Tunnells: Gardening, Grandkids, & God

When I returned Melinda Tunnell’s initial call for a gate, her voicemail sweetly said in a West Texas accent, “I’m either in the garden, chasing grand-kids or reading my Bible.”   As we got to know her through the process of building her gate, we found that...

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