Electric Gates: Why You 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
Electric gates give you:
- security - combined with a high fence or
- convenience - open/close with a remote
- 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, and security.
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 them in.
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
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 deer.
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
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 installed.
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 openers.
Once you get your electric gates up and working remember they
will need maintenance. Electric gate maintenance is not to be
neglected if you want to keep your electric gates working
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
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