Automated Gate Systems – A Complete Guide
For many, automated gates are just seen as an extension to a front door. They not only provide additional security to your property, but they also make a big statement about how seriously you take security at your home. In terms of security, automated gates will not only be hard to scale, but their presence alone will act as a deterrent. While your main aim may be to improve security, your automated gates will also double up as a feature of your property. These types of gates come in a number of designs that incorporate a variety of materials, but they will always fall into two categories; swinging and sliding.
Swinging Gate System
If the entrance to your property is on a slope, then a swinging gate may not be the best option. This is because when it swings open, a gap will be left between the bottom of the gate and the ground. In this situation, a sliding gate would work much better.
Sliding Gate System
As the name suggests, a sliding gate is called this because it slides across steel runners. A swinging gate, on the other hand, uses a hinge mechanism that allows the gate to swing open. Both gates will open and close through the use of an electric motor which will usually be connected to the mains, but can source its power from a battery. There are also some automated gates that run off electricity generated from solar panels, but these are less common, especially in the UK.
Sensor Controlled Automated Gates
Some automated gates will use sensors, so when a car or similar vehicle approaches they will automatically open. While this is a fairly popular choice, it is not always the most security-conscious option. More suitable devices will include a wireless transmitter that essentially acts as remote. Simply pointing and pressing a button on this device will send a signal to the gates to open. Alternatively, for homes where more than one vehicle will be using the gates a keypad or swipe system can be installed. All that authorised users need to do is to remember a short code that can be typed into the system to activate the gates. A swipe card system works in a similar way, but uses an electronic card.
There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to choosing an automated gate, but ideally a material should be chosen based on the home. There are plenty of materials these gates can be made from including; woods, vinyl’s and metals. All of these come in a number of different colours and styles, so there is bound to be an option to suit any home. In terms of functionality, it may be worthwhile considering the main duty that the gate will serve. Some designs and material choices may not be suitable if your priority is security, while some choices may not be appropriate if you wish to maintain a high level of privacy, but having said that a compromise can usually be found.
The demand for automated gates has definitely risen in recent years, with swinging gates becoming one of the most popular options available. For the majority of people, they effortlessly add class, character and a statement in regard to security to any property.