How to automate your driveway gate

Depending on the condition of the driveway – and your skill as a do-it-yourselfer – you can either install the driveway gate yourself or hire a reputable installer.

Some installations cover the entire driveway, walkway or patio, while others consist of borders of brick to replace deteriorating areas of concrete around expansion joints or to set off the entrance to a garage or home.

A new application called PaveWay Visualizing Software is making it easier for homeowners to see what the finished project would look like before the work begins.

Here’s how it works: Take a digital picture of your driveway, then bring your camera and the cable used to connect it to a computer to any certified gate distributor.

Using the Paveway software, open your digital photo, define the areas that you want to pave, and the software will show you how your completed project will look with qualified gate contractors. You can choose from any one of 24 styles; each style can be laid in any one of six patterns.