Which Type of Electric Gates Is Best?

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It may be that you already have a vague idea of the style or type of electric gates you would like to protect your property. As installing automatic gates involves a significant investment – albeit an important one – it is worth considering all the options before making a final decision. Here are a few pointers to get you started:

Swing or slide?

The layout of the property usually determines whether slide or swing electric gates are more appropriate. A driveway that is on an upward slope, for example, would not be suitable for a gate that swings inwards. Sliding gates can be more expensive, but they tend to be more secure and take up less space when in operation.

Timber or metal?

It’s important to work out what you want from your automatic gates before you buy. If privacy is your priority, a closed-face timber gate may be the best option. However, if you’re more interested in aesthetics, ornate metal electric gates may be more fitting. Make sure you ask about price differences and how much maintenance is required for the different gate variants.

Electromechanical or hydraulic?

Next you may be offered the option of either hydraulic or electromechanical operating systems. Hydraulic systems tend to be quieter, more wind-resistant and longer lasting, but they can be more expensive. Talk to your supplier about which option is best for you.

Access control systems?

The choice here is a little broader. You may wish to include:

Key-operated switches
Digital code pads
Remote controls
Audio or video intercom

The more sophisticated the system, the more expensive your electric gates will be, so carefully consider what you need and talk to your provider before making a decision.

Where should I buy my automatic gates?

GateQuote is an established supplier and installer of UK BFT electric gates, with installation specialists based across the nation. We know our products inside out and are confident that you will be extremely happy with your electric gates and the installation process. Our expert installers will visit your property to talk through all of the options above and more, and will provide a free, no-obligation quote. 

Contact us today to find your local installer for our UK electric gates.