Here is a custom designed aluminum ornamental driveway gate built for a client located in Texas by JDR Metal Art.
Each of the gate panels are 14′ wide, totaling 28′ in width.
Aluminum is an extremely light material. Each of these gate panels weigh only about 125 lbs, roughly 1/3 of what a similarly sized steel gate would weigh.
Plasma Cut Aluminum Gate Silhouettes
Using a plasma cutter, we hand cut all the silhouettes for these aluminum driveway gates. It leaves a nice clean cut that looks great.
Powder Coated Gate Finishing
We apply two coats of “Super Durable” exterior grade semi-gloss powder coat finish to our aluminum gates. The first coat acts as a primer and the second coat adds another layer of protection against the elements.
The powder sticks to the gate by means of an electrostatic charge. Once the whole gate is sprayed we push it into our curing oven. There it is baked at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. When the part comes out of the oven it is 100% cured. We do our powder coating in-house so we know everything is done right.
Crating & Shipping
We ship aluminum driveway gates nationwide. We build a wood crate on top of a shipping skid, then package the gate with blankets and foam. A lid is put over the top and everything strapped down securely to arrive in excellent condition every time.
Aluminum Entry Gate Fabricators
JDR Metal Art specializes in fabricating metal art driveway gates from aluminum sheet metal. We custom design and build many other aluminum driveway gates also. There is a large demand for these gates because they are incredibly lightweight and durable. Aluminum is also much more corrosion resistant than steel. Oceanside applications are common for our gates. Contact us today to get started on your custom aluminum driveway gates!
Last week we plasma cut an ornamental wildlife themed 14′ single swing driveway gate for a South Carolina residence. We then gave the gate a beautiful, long-lasting powder coated finish.
Spraying Zinc Rich Powder Coat Primer
The first layer of powder coat we applied is a gray zinc rich primer formulated especially for outdoor metal items. It resists corrosion extremely well. It is applied onto the driveway gate as a uniform layer of electrostatic charged dust. We push the gates into the oven and heat them until the powder melts into a gel. We then pull the gates back out and spray the top coat, in this case black. The gates go back into the oven for a final cycle to reach full cure temperature at 400 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.
Finished in 60% Gloss Black
Powder coated driveway gate with black top coat applied. It is a 60% “super durable” gloss black specifically formulated to provide superior color and gloss retention in even the harshest of environments. Powder coat is extremely tough and long lasting when it is applied according to our standards.
Super Duty 2000lb gate hinges
Here is a closeup picture of one of the hinges with its sealed bearing shown. The gate will attach to a post with the hinge brackets already welded to it, also. There is a slotted yoke to allow for adjustment. Each hinge is rated to handle 2000lbs so that is a total of 4000lbs. The gate only weighs about 750lbs total so there should be no issues for a very long time. Each hinge is backed by a lifetime component replacement warranty.
After we finished baking the powder coat on the gates we spent a couple of hours building a 14′ skid on which to safely ship the finished driveway gate to our customer’s home. We used many layers of shipping foam, cardboard, plywood and straps to ensure that there is no question this driveway gate will arrive in perfect condition at it’s South Carolina destination.
Oklahoma City driveway gates featuring life-size horse and dog plasma cut silhouettes built at JDR Metal Art.
We are currently working on this driveway gate project for a ranch entrance located on the outskirts of Oklahoma City. There will be one of these 15′ wide x 7’4″ tall single swing gates at two separate entrances. Each gate will feature three paint horses and our clients’ five family dogs.
Using our custom gate design process, we were able to take the design from start to finish in a couple week’s time. First, we worked with our customers over the phone and through email to coordinate the necessary dimensions and details for the custom driveway gate design. Then we put together the design theme they had in mind.
We lay the designs out by hand and then use a hyperthem plasma cutter to create these gate silhouettes. Since there are two gates with the same design and we are doing them by hand (not with a CNC machine) each one will be slightly different but this makes them unique as well!
One of the five plasma cut dog silhouettes after we sprayed the steel gate with a bit of driveway cleaner to accelerate the rusting process…
This driveway gate was custom designed for a drive entrance located in Missouri.
The steel wildlife scene is 18′ long and depicts two buck deer, a doe and two fawns on a woodland background. We worked with our clients through their contractor to come up with the gate design.
We also incorporated the street address and family name at the bottom of the gate.
The remaining 12′ of the gate is a frame which will be attached to the automated slide gate opener system.
The driveway gate silhouette was both drawn and cut entirely by hand with the help of a plasma cutter.
We used a 3/16″ thick plate of steel for the canvas and 2.5″ square tubing for the frame. The top is arched to accommodate the tree line.
We applied Picklex as a metal pretreatment in order to eliminate surface oxides and condition the metal for maximum bonding and rust protection.
We then sprayed two coats of industrial rust preventive primer (red oxide) followed by two coats of glossy black rust inhibiting finish paint.
Custom Driveway Entry Gate Themes
Here are some of our other wildlife style entrance gates. You can also check out our tree themed gates and our horse themed gates. Feel free to contact us below to discuss the project you have in mind. We design, build, powder coat and ship all of our gates from Columbus, Ohio to Missouri or just about anywhere else people want them. We consistently offer the best value anywhere for customwildlife themed driveway gates!