Are Automatic Gates Suitable For My Property?

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Replacing your old driveway gates is something that has to be done at some point and as this is a major feature of the front of the property, you might be worried that automated gates will not look right in your driveway. One thing to note when talking about electric gates is that there are no off-the-shelf, rather the gates are fabricated to precise measurements. This means you choose every aspect of the design from the ground up, and that allows you to create something that is in keeping with the overall look of the property.

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If, for example, you like the idea of electric gates, search with Google for a custom gate supplier and browse their website, taking note of the many designs. The materials that can be used for gate fabrication include the following:

  • Hardwood, Oak, Elm and pine.
  • Wrought iron.
  • Stainless Steel
  • Steel
  • Aluminium

Let’s not forget that you can combine materials to come up with the perfect design; timber and stainless steel, for example, make for a great combination.

Opening Designs

Many homeowners prefer single bespoke residential electric sliding gates that run from left to right or vice-versa. Aluminium, in particular, is light and this makes it ideal for a large span. If you would prefer twin side opening gates, the supplier has many fine design templates that you can use to create the perfect feature at the front of your home. When the gate technician arrives, you can both take a walk to the driveway and examine all the possibilities, and then the supplier can quote for the project.

Boost Home Security

The average burglar would certainly avoid any property with electric gates, so you do have a great deterrent factor when you install automatic gates. You can have a keypad locking system or a swipe card that gives you access to the side gate, plus fitting an intercom system allows you to converse with visitors prior to opening the gate. There are many add-ons that you can incorporate into the design and when everything is agreed, the supplier can quote for the project.

Safety Systems

The electric gates would have at least one safety system, which consists of a couple of infrared beams that run along the gate line and should anything break the beam, the gate stops instantly. It is essential to have safety devices that can detect objects in the path of the gate.

Vehicle Sensors

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Using hi-tech vehicle sensors, your new automatic gates will open when your car approaches and close once you’re inside. These gates are ideal for those heavy downpours, as you no longer have to get wet.

In conclusion, as the gates are designed from the ground up, suitability is a given and you can create an attractive feature at the front of your home. It is essential that a professional team installs the gates, which might require setting concrete posts a few days before the installation. If the gates are fabricated by an established company and installed by their team, your new electric gates will complement your home, while providing essential security, which is more important than ever in these troubling times.

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