What are Electronic Gates?

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Gates are a common accessory to a home or other property, both for security purposes and outer appeal. Electronic gates simply work to make our lives easier: instead of having to manually close the gate, the gates come with a remote control that opens and closes the gate upon command.

How do electronic gates work?

The first commercial automatic gates all had hydraulic motors and had been designed for reliability and ease of use. These hydraulic systems proved quite costly which encouraged the development of more affordable electromechanical alternatives. Hydraulic motors are still the preferred choice for large and heavy gates as they can generate high levels of torque.

Electronic gates for lower usage domestic installations run on electromechanical systems designed which cost less to produce.  A number of larger manufacturers now produce both hydraulic and electromechanical systems providing unbiased choice for customers.

What are the advantages of electronic gates?

Safety and peace of mind are the biggest advantages. While manual gates can easily be broken into or jammed open, electronic gates offer a few deterrents for burglars, including irreversibly geared motors and the option of attaching a maglock, which makes it difficult for a burglar to break though the gate.

Convenience is another.  The remote control that comes with electronic gates also allows the owner to choose who to let into the property without having to leave the house.  You can also take remotes with you in the car to open the gates when you return to the property.

What different types of electronic gates can you get?

Electronic gates can be swing or sliding and are usually available in wood or metal.

Safety and Maintenance of electronic gates:

Electronic gates will last for several years providing they are regularly maintained with an annual service. The equipment used is very powerful and can be dangerous, so it’s recommended that you contact a highly trained and skilled installer to construct and maintain your gates.

What about the Cost of electronic gates? 

Gated properties have traditionally been seen as the domain of wealthy homeowners, but in today’s world that’s simply no longer the case. The average price of electronic gates can cost between £4,000 to £20,000 – well worth it for the peace of mind they bring.

Prices will fluctuate though, depending on the owner’s preferences, model type, and installation costs.

These answers have been provided by GateQuote – the UK’s leading provider of top quality gates at competitive prices.  For more information about electronic gates and their installation process, contact GateQuote now; or find your local installer.

Your installer will take a survey of your property to measure the driveway length and check the location of your power supply.