A Simple Guide to Automatic Gates

There is a wealth of information on the Internet about automatic gates, but it can often feel overwhelming trying to decide which combination is right for you. Do you need a gate of iron or wood? Should it fit in the driveway or the entryway? Is security more important than style? With so many different options available, at such a wide range of prices, finding the right gates to suit your needs can be harder than expected.

Here at GateQuote, we understand that your protecting your home can be a big decision, and we want to make your decision as easy as possible.

So, we’ve put together a simple guide to automatic gates, taking you through the essentials of your purchase, before helping you make your choice.

1. Why do I automatic electric electric gates? 

We hear this question frequently, and the answer is threefold. Firstly, automatic gates can vastly improve the security of your property. Their remote-control activation system means that only those with a remote can access them, and they can open and close at the touch of a button – making securing your property easier than ever. Secondly, they provide added convenience for users, helping you to access your property securely, without ever having to leave your car. Thirdly, they look stylish. Our expansive archive of styles, materials and colours means that you never must sacrifice exterior style for interior security again.

2. What type of automatic gates do I need? 

The types of gates you need will partly depend on the type of driveway you have, as the length, width, style, and location can impact your decision. For a wide driveway, and a wide car, iron swing gates are a popular option. For a short driveway, with close proximity to properties, solid wooden sliding gates are preferable. The variables of your driveway will affect the variables of your automatic gate.

Other factors can help you decide the right type of gates for you as well, such as your budget and chosen style. The best way to decide is to talk to a specialist who can advise you on the best options for your property.

3. Safety First

Here at GateQuote we advocate safe automated gate. After all, an electric gate is a machine, so it’s important to remember that they are aren’t for children to play with and they need to be properly and regularly maintained.

If the gates you’ve chosen are high-quality automatic gates, and your contractor can ensure they are installed properly, they should be safe for your family.

The remote-control sensors (photocells) used on electric gates help to make them even safer when it comes to children or animals, as they will remain closed or open until their sensor is activated. Not only does this stop your children from being trapped in the gates, it also helps to prevent them from running through open gates into the busy roads outside.

4. How long will they last?

Our top-quality automatic gates should keep working for many years after purchase, and with regular annual maintenance, you can keep them in a good condition for many more.

If you do spot any issues, such as decreased opening speed, external damage or even a full breakdown, however, contact your seller immediately.

5. How much do they cost? 

The cost of your automatic gates will typically vary considerably depending on the type of gate you opt for, and any access control or intercom systems you decide to incorporate. Typically, a basic automated gate installation can cost around £4,000, whereas a luxury gate could be worth up to or above £25,000. The best way to find out is to call a reputable company, who will provide an onsite quote depending on the variety of gate you need.

If you want to know more about automatic gates, GateQuote should be your first port of call. Although we use the latest technology, our classic iron and wood gates remain surprisingly affordable for such high-quality security. Robust and durable, BFT automatic gates are long-lasting and, even better, they require very little maintenance.

Our variety of sliding and swing electric gates ensures that sure you will have plenty of choice when it comes to securing your property.

Contact us today to find out more about BFT automatic gates and to arrange a free site visit.