HDB gates typically boast the same design across different housing blocks, particularly in older estates. Unique HDB gate designs were a rare sight several years ago, but homeowners are starting to pay more attention to the appearance of their HDB metal gates these days.
With new technologies and emerging gate designs, more homeowners are opting to replace their standard HDB gates with interesting designs that tell a story about the people who live inside.
If you’re thinking about replacing your HDB gates with more attractive ones, take a look at this list of factors you should consider when selecting your gate.
1. Gate Material
There are several different types of HDB gate materials, each with its own set of benefits. The gate material you pick will affect the durability of your gate, how long it will last, and how easy it will be to maintain.
Mild steel and wrought iron are two of the most common HDB gate materials. Mild steel gates are made of steel and carbon, making them more malleable than other steel gates. They allow you to customise your HDB gate design to your liking. Mild steel is also more durable than wrought iron and aluminium.
Wrought iron gates, on the other hand, are entirely constructed of iron. They are extremely durable, but just like mild steel, they are prone to rust if not properly maintained.
2. Gate Design
The design of your gate will differ depending on the function you want it to serve. Some homeowners prefer to have privacy but don’t like keeping their main door shut. In this case, you should opt for an HDB gate design with fewer grilles and holes that allow people to look into your home. If you want something that allows ample airflow, you can go with HDB gates fitted with mesh or grilles.
3. HDB Regulations
Although no permits are required, there are regulations to follow if you want to replace your HDB gates. These guidelines may or may not influence what you choose for your gate.
- The gate width, number of panels and swing must be the same as those originally provided by HDB. The public escape route must not be obstructed by the gate swing.
- Units along the common corridor must allow a minimum clearance of 1.2m between the gate and the corridor parapet wall (when the gates open perpendicular to the corridor parapet wall)
- Units adjacent to the staircase must allow a minimum clearance equal to the width of the staircase measured from the edge of the gate (when it opens at all angles) to the staircase railing
- Units at the corner end should not have gates that hit the windows of the neighbouring flat.
4. Type of Lock
Your choice will also be influenced by the type of lock you want to install in your home. This is because digital door locks and traditional locks have different installation requirements.
Traditional locks can be fitted to almost any HDB gate. However, because digital locks require a proper flat surface as their backing, your gate design cannot be overly complicated. Some homeowners may even choose to customise a flat portion dedicated to the digital lock.
The gate you choose for your home not only serves as an aesthetic feature but also protects your home from intruders. Choose your HDB gate not only for its appearance but also for its safety.
Liminal offers stylish and customisable HDB gates suitable for a variety of budgets. Contact us today to find out more.