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Washington Metal Driveway Gate | Tree & Wildlife Theme

Metal Driveway Gate with Tree & Wildlife Theme

Custom Iron Gates for Washington Home

By JDR Metal Art

This metal driveway gate is a work of art with it’s oak tree & deer wildlife theme.

With over 200 stamped steel leaves welded in place, this handcrafted masterpiece is a 12′ wide, dual swing that is 6’8″ tall in the center.

Metal gates with tree for Washington home.
Metal Driveway Gates Shipped to Washington

Powder Coated Metal Gate Panels

Each panel has been primed with the unbeatable combination of zinc rich powder coat primer top coated with a matte black finish.

The zinc rich primer greatly extends the life of the powder coat finish by preventing rust from forming beneath the powder coat. It also prevents rust from spreading at any area where the finish has been dinged or scratched down to the bare metal.

The matte black finish is an exterior grade finish that is formulated with UV inhibitors to resist fading.

Metal Driveway Gates – Nationwide Shipping

Our metal driveway gates ship nationwide. Any size, any metal (steel or aluminum), any design..contact us today for a free consultation and metal driveway gate quote.

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Maple Leaf Driveway Gate Design by JDR Metal Art | New in 2018

Driveway Gates with Maple Tree & Leaf Designs

Did you know that there are over 100 species of maple (acer) trees worldwide?

With its wide range of uses, from the Japanese art of bonzai to furniture making, the maple tree is widely appreciated for its beauty and regarded as a symbol of strength and endurance.

Maple Tree Leaf Designs for Gates

JDR Metal Art recently created this maple themed custom metal driveway gate from a collection of 11 different species of maple tree leaves.

Driveway gates with maple tree leaves and leafs that were plasma cut by JDR Metal Art.

These driveway gates can be made any size and from either steel or aluminum.

The standard size is two 8′ wide panels which are 6′ tall.

Rugged 1/8″ & 3/16″ metal materials, minimum.

They have 2″ square tubing frames with 1/8″ and 3/16″ (hinge) wall thickness..the leaves are plasma cut from 1/8″ steel sheets and are see-through.

These gates, as designed, do add an element of privacy.

For a full privacy look while retaining the beauty of the leaves.. the sheets could be left completely solid with the individual leaves being welded to the front of the sheets (upcharge).

Natural Rust or Powder Coat finish

Gates can be finished with a natural rustic chic finish (for steel), natural polished/shiny look (aluminum) or powder coated your choice of color (standard black).

Customize the Design, Any Size Needed

This design can be modified as needed to suit your tastes! The possibilities are many..it just depends what you have in mind.

In fact, here is another maple tree gate designed by JDR Metal Art.

The design possibilities are truly endless at JDR Metal Art. This particular maple tree gate design concept is 16′ wide, dual swing, and a commanding 7’6″ tall. Shown with 6×6″ square tubing posts. Leaf style is sugar maple although it could also easily pass for a silver or bigleaf maple.

Built to be ASTM 2200 & UL325 Compliant

JDR Metal Art’s driveway gates are designed and built to be automated with ASTM 2200 & UL 325 compliant gate opener systems in order to promote safety. We highly recommend that all efforts are made by the installer to closely follow all safety and installation guidelines set forth within the installation manual provided by the gate opener manufacturer.

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Custom Gates Tampa Florida | Aluminum Horse Theme

Custom Gates Tampa

Custom driveway gates in the Tampa / Bradenton area, handcrafted from aluminum by JDR Metal Art.

Another time critical project delivered as promised. This one went from completed design to residential delivery & installation in 2 weeks, just in time for a special birthday party.

These gates were designed to match our client’s existing mural.

Custom driveway gate design with horses and dog silhouettes.

Driveway entrance with custom gated access controls. Design of horses on driveway gates.

Each gate panel hangs from block columns that have a stone veneer.

They are automated with Viking gate openers by a local gate automation expert we have worked with on installing numerous gate projects.

These driveway gates, like all our others, were built to last a lifetime.

Contact us for a same day quote or give us a call..833 JDR GATE.

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Indianapolis Driveway Gates | Horse & Nature Design Theme for Residence

Indianapolis Driveway Gates

Plasma Cut by JDR Metal Art

These dual swing driveway gates were custom designed by JDR Metal Art for an Indianapolis area residential entrance.

Driveway gates in Indianapolis, Indiana with custom wildlife scene and grazing horses. plasma cut by JDR Metal Art in summer of 2018.

The gates feature arched top rails with steel plasma cut horses and an oak tree. The oak tree is roughly eight feet tall in the center. Each gate attaches to columns and are each 7′ wide and 5’6″ tall at the center of the driveway.

CNC Plasma Cutting Gates

The artwork is all cut with a self-designed & built CNC plasma cutting machine. It is far more accurate and repeatable than when I used to cut with a hand held torch for many years.

A computer running on the LinuxCNC program does all the motion movement controls as instructed by the gcode file that is created from the agreed design sketch. Exactly how the design looks is exactly what the machine will produce from raw material put on the cutting table.

Indianapolis driveway gate panel being plasma cut into metal art horses from an 1/8" thick sheet of 6' tall x 10' wide steel.

I like to use 1/8″ steel for the sheet cutouts because it is thick enough to be very durable over the long term while still retaining a more manageable weight for the gate opener to move over many thousands of open-close cycles.

Driveway gate panel with horse design that has been CNC plasma cut from steel sheet.

Plasma cut horse awaiting his newly framed home!

Custom Fence Panels

Custom metal art fence panels that are ten foot long by four foot tall grace the gates on each side. The panels feature a nature scene including deer, ducks, oak and pine trees, grass and an arched top to match the fall of the arch on the gates. Pictured immediately after the powder coat was cured in the propane fired oven at 400F.

Indianapolis custom fencing that was plasma cut using metal art design.

The semi gloss black powder coat is the top coat. Beneath the top coat is a layer of primer that consists of zinc rich epoxy. This zinc rich layer provides greatly enhanced long term corrosion resistance. The primer layer goes on first, then the panels are baked at 250F until the primer turns into a gel. Once the primer gels then the gates are pulled out and sprayed with the black top coat. Then back into the over to be baked at 400F for about a half hour. Once the gates cool they are fully cured and ready for many years of rust-free outdoor exposure. The finished product is much thicker than paint and smooths down any sharp edges.  It also helps to fill in small surface imperfections such as scratches in the metal that paint would not cover.

Black powder coated fence art panels.

Black powder coated fence panel plasma cut from steel with a 2x2 square tubing frame.

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Boca Raton Florida Driveway Gates for Horse Ranch

Boca Raton Driveway Gates

 

Driveway gates for Boca Raton, Florida horse ranch that are custom built from aluminum by JDR Metal Art.

Boca raton driveway gates designed, plasma cut and built by JDR metal art in summer 2018.

Aluminum Square Tubing Frame

The frame consists of 2″ square tubing aluminum. The arches are rolled from tubing with 1/8″ wall thickness. The bottom rails, hinge rails and inside vertical rails are all 3/16″ wall thickness.

 

MIG Welded Aluminum Gates

In the picture below you can (somewhat) see the spool gun used to join the aluminum artwork cutout to the aluminum frame. Since the aluminum wire is so soft it can be fed only a short distance, hence the reason why the spool of welding wire is practically handheld.

Hinge Brackets

1/4″ thick aluminum C-brackets accommodate sealed bearing hinges. A 5/8″ thick grade 8 hardened steel bolt holds the hinges to the gate. Threaded rods protruding from the hinges go through the client’s aluminum posts and provide the means of adjustment to perfectly level the gates and also to adjust the center gap to the desired width (typically 1″).

Custom Ranch Brand

Also plasma cut into the 3/16″ thick aluminum sheet material.

Brushed Aluminum Finish

The powder coat finish will only be as good as the prep job. The entire gate has been brushed using zirconia flapwheels and washed using zirconium oxide cleaner/pretreatment. While both processes ensure long-term adhesion, the zirconium oxide also greatly enhances the corrosion resistance of the aluminum. Being that Boca Raton is a tropical area there will be a great deal of moisture trying to corrode the aluminum so it is imperative to do a great prep job.

Shop cat discovers an air leak in one of the in-line air filters I just refilled.

Hanging for powder coating

Horses hanging out upside down

aluminum driveway entry gate

 

Two Stage Powder Coat Finish

A two stage powder coat finish is far superior to the single stage finish offered by many gate manufacturers.

A single stage finish will often be applied too thin and will not “wet out” to fully cover the metal, resulting in pinholes that go clear down to the substrate. Such a finish is prone to be applied unevenly and will appear with a sandpaper texture (“tight orange peel”) while other areas are noticeably much smoother.

A two stage greatly enhances the final appearance of the gates. Powder coat can be applied far more thickly than paint without running or sagging. Minor imperfections in the metal surface that are noticeable after one coat of powder will be gone after the second coat.

First Coat of Powder

The first coat of powder gets electrostatically applied and then the gates get run up to a temperature of 250F in the powder coat oven…there the powder melts and becomes a gel coating. The gates come back out, the gel hardens. The gates look shiny here but will become a matte black after the second coat is applied and cured.

After Top Coat Cured

Now the next coat (the top coat) has been applied, the gates went back in the oven and baked at 400F for around 25-30 minutes. They are now a matte black. The gates are already fully cured and more durable than paint. The “super durable” exterior grade powder coat I use excels at abrasion and chipping resistance, UV fade resistance and corrosion resistance, all of which will be in play from the time of installation in Boca Raton until many years thereafter.

*Some of the pictures appear upside down because the gates are hung upside down to be sprayed.

 

Ranch Brand on Aluminum Gate

 

 

 

 

Bracket for Gate Operator Welded on Backside of Gate

  This rectangular tubing bar was placed on the back of the gate to accommodate an automatic gate opener with articulating arms.

Same bar is in the picture below. The brackets will likely bolt to the bar, which is actually a 2×1 rectangular tube with 1/8″ wall thickness.

Boca Raton Driveway Gates

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