Electric Gates: Why You May Need Them
Electric gates provide many benefits to the homeowner and they have become very popular in the last 10 to 20 years since their lower
cost now means they are within the budget of most people.
Electric gates give you:
- security - combined with a high fence or wall
- convenience - open/close with a remote control
- control over children and animals
- keep unauthorised people out
- insurance discount
- improved appearance
There are two types of gate operators: slide and swing. Both types prevent access by a vehicle until the telephone entry
system, or access control system enables entrance. Residential electric gates are designed for single-family homes and
normal traffic applications. Slide and swing gate operators come in a range of AC or DC powered models with battery and solar
panel options. Our line of commercial swing, slide, and barrier gate operators continue to be the industry's benchmark for reliablity, safety,
There are many factors to be considered when installing them the obvious factor being that you need a driveway. It does not have to be large
but remember that the gates will need space to open into when the car is parked on the drive. If your drive already has manual gates then it
should be possible to install electric gates in their place. It may be possible to utilise the gates you already have and attach electric gate openers to them. If space is limited, electric sliding
gates can be used as an alternative to swing gates.
Reliablity, safety, and security are other factors you must consider when buying electric gates.
Why Electric Gates?
There are three major benefits delivered by electric gates: privacy, security, and convenience.
Privacy. They control access to your property and keep out unwanted callers and prying eyes. These may be door-to-door
salesmen, people looking for odd jobs, potential burglars etc. Using audio or visual communications you can identify your visitors before you let
Security. A good set of electric gates completes your security perimeter of a high wall or fence and can be a significant
deterrent to burglars especially the opportunist burglar. There is little point in having a high fence around your property if the gates to the
front drive are always left open. you can combine electric gates with surveillance cameras to enhance your security.
Convenience. Many properties have gates that are rarely used because it is just too much trouble to open and close them
manually. They are effectively merely a decoration for the drive entrance and of no practical benefit. A set of electric gates with a handheld
remote control makes it easy to actually use your gates and keep them closed at all times except when access to your home is needed.
But there are other benefits to having electronic gates for your property.
Children and Pets. Automatically closing electric gates will ensure that gates are kept closed and children and pets are not
allowed to wander out.
Wild animals. In rural areas an electric gate system can help protect your garden from the unwanted attention of rabbits or
Unauthorised use of drive. Your electric gate system will prevent your driveway being used for unauthorised turning (or
parking) by motorists.
Insurance. Most major insurers will offer a discount when they are fitted as part of your security measures.
Appearance. An automated electric gate system can improve the appearance and status of your property i.e. impress the
neighbours. It is also a good selling point for your house.
Installing Electric Gates
If you decide that you would like electric driveway gates the question is how to get them
It is perfectly possible to install electric gates yourself if you have DIY skills and the time to do it. Many suppliers sell the parts that
you need and complete sets of electric gates can be purchased in kit form.
An alternative to fitting a complete new gate is to fix automatic gate openers to your
existing gates. If you plan to instal sliding gates you will need to fit sliding gate
Once you get your electric gates up and working remember they will need maintenance to keep them working reliably.
This is the easy but more expensive way. A good professional installation will cost at least
£3000 when everything is taken into consideration. The growth of the electric gate market in recent years led to an explosive growth in the
number of companies in the business and this has unfortunately led to poor practice by inexperienced people and to the installation of gates with
poor long-term reliability.
A good electric gate installation company will take you through all the stages of designing a gate system and the installation process,
including fitting an electric gate motor, safety devices and arranging maintenance.
If you are hiring professional installers make sure they are from an experienced company and have a maintenance and repairs service available.
And remember that cutting corners by using the cheapest products you can find may well result in having an electric gate system that breaks down
after only 12 to 18 months.