Common types of outdoor gates include wrought iron gates with intricate designs and patterns, picket-style or solid wooden gates and lattice or privacy vinyl gates. Other popular outdoor gates are made of steel and aluminum, which are both highly decorative. Outdoor gates must complement other barriers and the home's look.
Wooden gates are ideal for homes that exude a rustic charm, whereas steel and aluminum gates are better suited for contemporary or formal landscapes. Most outdoor gates are categorized as "swing gates" based on how they open, and they are either single swing or double swing gates. When choosing an outdoor gate, consider durability, security and aesthetics.