A Simple Guide to Automatic Gates

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There is a wealth of information on the Internet about automatic gates, but often it appears overwhelming and even contradictory. We put together this simple guide so that have everything you need to know before making a decision.

1. Why do I need electric gates? 

We hear this question frequently, and the answer is threefold. Firstly, they can vastly improve the security of your property, and secondly, they provide added convenience as you can open and close them without getting out of the car. Thirdly, they look really stylish.

2. What type of automatic gates do I need? 

This will partly depend on the type of driveway you have, and partly on your personal preference and budget. If you have limited space or your driveway is on a steep slope, sliding gates may be most appropriate. Wooden gates may be more in keeping with your property, but metal gates may be cheaper and easier to maintain. The best way to decide is to talk to a specialist who will be able to advise you on the best options for you.

3. Are they safe? 

People often worry that small children or animals could get trapped in the gates. However, providing you buy high-quality automatic gates and they are installed properly, this will not be a problem. In fact, electric gates are particularly safe because they prevent children and animals getting out onto busy roads.

4. How long will they last?

Top-quality gates should last many years without breaking down. However, regular maintenance is recommended to ensure that any minor tweaks can be made in order to prevent a breakdown.

5. How much do they cost? 

This will vary considerably depending on the type of gate you opt for and any entry or intercom systems you decide to incorporate. Typically, they cost from £4,000 up to £20,000. The best way to find out is to call a reputable company, who will provide an onsite quote.

If you want to know more about automatic gates, GateQuote should be your first port of call. Although we use the latest technology, our gates remain surprisingly affordable. BFT provides sliding and swing electric gates in wood and iron, giving you plenty of choice at various price points. Robust and durable, BFT automatic gates are long-lasting and require very little maintenance. Contact us today to find out more about BFT automatic gates and to arrange a free site visit.