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Custom Metal Driveway Gates | JDR Metal Art is #1 in Metal Driveway Gate Designs!

Metal driveway gates with tree design by JDR Metal Art and installed by Innovative Fence Solutions.
Metal driveway gates with customized steel theme designed to secure and enhance the value of a farm property driveway entrance. Designed & built by JDR Metal Art and installed with automation for the client by Innovative Fence Solutions.

Getting the perfect metal driveway gates for your property isn’t an easy task.

We make the process a whole lot simpler, less stressful and more enjoyable for you!


Metal driveway gates are becoming more and more popular across the nation. JDR Metal Art’s metal driveway gates are made in many styles such as ranch and traditional, plasma cut horse themes, wildlife themes, tree themes and more! We work with both steel and aluminum when building metal driveway gates.

Metal Driveway Gate Types:

There are several different types of metal driveway gates, each with its own unique style and features. Here are some of the most popular types of metal driveway gates:

  1. Wrought Iron Gates: Wrought iron gates are a classic and elegant option for any property. They can be designed in a variety of styles, from traditional to modern, and are often custom-made to fit your specific needs.
  2. Steel Gates: Steel gates are a more durable and secure option than wrought iron gates. They can be designed to look similar to wrought iron but offer added strength and durability.
  3. Aluminum Gates: Aluminum gates are lightweight, low-maintenance, and resistant to corrosion, making them a popular choice for many homeowners. They are also customizable and can be designed to mimic the look of other metals, such as wrought iron or steel.
  4. Decorative Gates: Decorative gates are designed to be visually appealing and add a touch of elegance to your property. They often feature ornate patterns, designs, and decorative accents that can be customized to your liking.
  5. Sliding Gates: Sliding gates are a practical option for properties with limited space. They slide horizontally instead of swinging open, which allows them to take up less space.
  6. Swing Gates: Swing gates are the most common type of driveway gate and feature a hinged panel that swings open to allow entry. They can be designed in a variety of styles and can be motorized for added convenience.
  7. Custom Gates: Custom gates can be designed to fit your unique needs and style preferences. They can include features such as access control systems, security cameras, and other customization options to fit your specific needs.

These are just a few examples of the different types of metal driveway gates available. Each type has its own advantages, so it’s important to consider your specific needs and preferences when choosing a gate for your property.

Metal vs Wood Driveway Gates:

Metal driveway gates offer several advantages over wood driveway gates, including:

  1. Durability: Metal driveway gates are more durable and longer-lasting than wood driveway gates. Metal gates are resistant to rot, termites, and other pests, which can cause significant damage to wooden gates over time.
  2. Maintenance: Metal driveway gates require less maintenance than wood driveway gates. Metal gates do not need to be painted or stained as often as wood gates, and they are less likely to warp or twist due to weather conditions.
  3. Security: Metal driveway gates provide a higher level of security than wood driveway gates. Metal gates are more difficult to break or cut through than wooden gates, which makes them more effective at keeping unwanted visitors off your property.
  4. Customization: Metal driveway gates can be customized to fit your specific needs and design preferences. You can choose from a variety of styles, colors, and finishes, and you can add features like decorative accents, security cameras, and access control systems.
  5. Affordability: While the initial cost of a metal driveway gate may be higher than a wooden gate, it is often a more cost-effective choice in the long run. Metal gates require less maintenance and are more durable than wood gates, which can save you money on repairs and replacement costs over time.

Overall, metal driveway gates offer superior durability, security, customization options, and affordability compared to wood driveway gates. While both types of gates have their own unique advantages, metal gates are often the preferred choice for homeowners and property owners who prioritize strength, durability, and long-lasting value.

Differences Between Metal Driveway Gates (Aluminum vs. Steel)

Shown below are steel and aluminum driveway gate frame tubing that are typically used. Side by side comparison of the two. The aluminum is bright and shiny while the steel is dull and rusty. Due to their intrinsic practicalities, steel and aluminum are the two favored metals when it comes to building metal driveway gates. Other types of metal driveway gates include corten steel, stainless steel, brass, copper, and bronze.

Aluminum (Left) & Steel (Right)

Aluminum tubing vs steel tubing for building custom driveway gates.

The are several noteworthy differences between steel and aluminum driveway gates. Being informed about the differences will help you make the best choice for your metal driveway gate!


Steel and aluminum are both popular materials for driveway gates, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Here’s a comparison of steel and aluminum driveway gates:

  1. Durability: Steel gates are generally more durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions, heavy impact, and attempted break-ins better than aluminum gates. However, steel gates can rust over time if not properly treated, while aluminum gates are rust-resistant.
  2. Maintenance: Aluminum gates require less maintenance than steel gates, as they do not rust or corrode. They also don’t require repainting as frequently as steel gates, as they are powder-coated for additional protection against fading and chipping.
  3. Weight: Aluminum gates are lighter than steel gates, making them easier to install and operate. However, this also means that they may not be as strong as steel gates.
  4. Customization: Both steel and aluminum gates offer a variety of customization options, including style, color, and design. However, steel gates can be more easily customized for intricate and ornate designs due to their strength and durability.
  5. Price: Steel gates are generally more expensive than aluminum gates, as they are heavier and require more materials to manufacture. However, they are also more durable and can last longer than aluminum gates, which can make them a better investment in the long run.

In summary, steel driveway gates are more durable and stronger, making them a better option for those who prioritize security and long-term durability. Aluminum gates, on the other hand, require less maintenance and are more cost-effective, making them a better option for those who prioritize affordability and low-maintenance. Ultimately, the choice between steel and aluminum gates comes down to personal preference and the specific needs of your property.

Steel Driveway Gates

Metal driveway gates made from steel with natural rust finish.
Here’s a set of metal driveway gates we built for a customer in Sacramento, California with a natural rusted steel finish. The customer decided to forego our standard powder coat finish and let the gate develop a natural rusty patina.

Steel is the most common type of metal driveway gate. Steel is easier to work with than aluminum and cheaper to purchase. It’s also heavier than aluminum and tends to rust over time.

Steel gate hinge being welded.
Welding 1/2″ thick steel driveway gate hinge bracket to back side of metal gate.

Aluminum Driveway Gates

Aluminum is the 2nd most common sort of metal driveway gate. It is lightweight but more difficult to work with than steel. It must be cleaned thoroughly prior to welding for best quality.

Palm tree driveway gate with fence accent design.
Aluminum driveway gate panel on the welding table.

While it is true that aluminum is highly resistant to corrosion, it is not entirely corrosion-proof. When exposed to certain environments and conditions, aluminum can corrode. However, aluminum has a natural oxide layer that forms on its surface, which helps protect it from corrosion.

The oxide layer on aluminum is created when the metal comes in contact with oxygen in the air. This layer is extremely thin, typically only a few nanometers thick, and is invisible to the naked eye. The oxide layer acts as a barrier between the metal and the surrounding environment, preventing corrosion from occurring.

However, if the oxide layer is damaged or compromised, the aluminum can be exposed to corrosion. This can happen if the aluminum is scratched, exposed to acidic or alkaline substances, or exposed to high humidity and saltwater environments. In these cases, the aluminum can corrode and become damaged over time.

To prevent corrosion, aluminum gates are often coated with a layer of protective paint or powder coating. This coating helps to protect the metal from damage and further corrosion, ensuring that the gate remains in good condition for years to come.

Other Types of Metal Driveway Gates


Copper is very beautiful although prohibitively expensive to work with. One viable alternative is to put a beautiful copper powder coat finish over steel:

Copper metal driveway gates

An aluminum metal driveway gate with copper powder coat finish:

Aluminum metal driveway gates with copper finish.


Bronze is another very expensive metal which makes it very unaffordable for most. An option is a bronze powder-coated finish over steel or aluminum substrate:

Bronze metal driveway gate with pickets.

Aged Bronze:

Here is one of our tree themed metal driveway gates with an aged bronze powder coat finish.Bronze powder coated iron oak tree gate, 18' wide x 7'6" tall in the center.

Corten Steel Metal Driveway Gates

Corten steel metal driveway gate hanging from rock columns.Corten steel can also be used to create metal driveway gates. It’s about twice the price of mild steel, but is used for aesthetics when a self-sealing rustic finish is desired. There is some debate about exactly how much Corten steel actually seals, as some notable Corten steel art installations have suffered over time from the typical staining experienced with mild steel.

Single Swing Metal Driveway Gate

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Steel driveway gates with horses grazing and dogs in foreground. 12′ single swing for Louisville, KY driveway entrance with brick columns and decorative lighting.

Dual Swing Metal Driveway Gates

Metal art driveway gate covered in snow with barn in the background.
Dual swing metal driveway gates with snow, hanging from native limestone columns in southern Indiana.

Metal Art Driveway Gates

JDR Metal Art’s metal driveway gates are made however the customer wants them. We make them from steel or aluminum and can finish them to match any of the more exotic metals such as copper or brass. If you need a metal art driveway gate, please take a moment to fill out the form below for a free quote!

Metal art driveway gates for ranch entrance.


Hopefully this article has provided you with an informative experience about metal driveway gates! Are you interested in having the best metal driveway gates built for your home, farm, ranch or estate? Thank you for considering JDR Metal Art for your customized metal driveway gate needs. We are excited to offer you a unique and personalized metal driveway gate design that will add both aesthetic and functional value to your property.

Our team of experienced expert designers and craftsmen specialize in creating custom metal driveway gates that reflect your unique style and preferences. We use high-quality materials, such as durable metals and powder coat finishes, to ensure that your gate is built to last beautifully for many years to come. We work closely with you to understand your specific needs and preferences, and we will provide you with a comprehensive design proposal that meets your requirements and budget.

We are confident that our custom metal driveway gates will exceed your expectations and provide a lasting value to your property. We look forward to working with you to create a beautiful and functional gate that reflects your unique style and enhances the security and privacy of your property.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation.

Best regards!

The Team at JDR Metal Art.