What Should You Consider When Purchasing an Automated Gate?

Posted on: 17 November 2020


Automated gates offer two main benefits: 

  1. You don't have to get out of your vehicle to open the gate, meaning that if it is raining, you won't get rained on. Additionally, a burglar might have a hard time robbing you if you don't get out of your vehicle to open the gate, so an automated gate also enhances safety.
  2. You don't have to hire a guard to man your gate (open and close it when you leave and come in); this helps you save your hard-earned money.

Here's what you need to consider when purchasing an automated gate:

Should You Buy a Swinging or Sliding Automated Gate?

If you are considering an automated gate that swings open, you can choose a swinging gate that swings open outwards and inwards or a swinging gate that only swings open outwards or inwards.

If your driveway is sloping, you might be limited to a swinging automated gate that only swings one way (outwards or inwards) and a sliding automated gate. However, if your driveway is flat, you are not limited to any automated gate. You have the freedom to choose between the available swinging and sliding automated gates.

You may also want to think about aesthetics and things you may want to add to your driveway. Will installing a swinging gate get in the way of aesthetic plans? Additionally, will the swinging gate be obstructed by structures or objects in your driveway? Think about such factors to make the right decision.

Power Usage

Automated gates utilise electricity; hire experienced automated gate installers so that they can professionally install electrical wiring to power your gate. You don't want to have ugly-looking electrical wires hanging loosely on your property or along fences.

Additionally, look into buying automated gates that utilise solar panels. This can help you save on power bills, especially if you are installing a heavy steel automated gate; heavier steel requires more electricity to move.

Supplement Your Automated Gate With a CCTV Camera and Voice Intercom System

Of course, you will be receiving visitors to your home. You don't want to get out of the comfort of your home to open the gate. Install a CCTV camera and an intercom system, where visitors can ring you and talk to you. You can also see them through the CCTV camera on a screen mounted in your home. All you have to do is buzz them in by pressing a button.