What you need to know about electric gates

Over the past few years, electric gates have become incredibly popular. Sure, they have not reached the upper echelons of popularity that standard gates enjoy, but you do see more and more homes with them installed nowadays. On this page I want to run you through the basic ‘facts’ of electric gates. This is obviously not a complete guide. The intention however is to ensure that you are a bit more well-versed in what they are all about before the end. If you do need more information then it is suggested that you get in touch with a professional installer.

I am sure you are aware of this already, but the main reason as to why people get electric gates installed on their property is for increased security. Electric gates with a decent electronic lock will act as a fairly decent deterrent. There is a good chance that having a gate installed will also bring down your home insurance premiums.

When it comes to electric gates, perhaps the main thing that you need to know is that there are four main types of electric gates available. It is important that you take the time to think about what is going to be right for your property.

  • Swing Gates: This the most popular type of electric gate available at the moment. As you can probably guess from the name, they simply swing open when ‘turned on’.
  • Sliding gates: These are used in situations where swing gates will not be effective as there is not enough ‘drive way’ space. These just slide to the side when ‘turned on’.
  • Articulated electric gates are not as common as the others because they are not aesthetically pleasing in the slightest. That being said, these gates are common amongst those who are looking to go down the ‘DIY’ route as they are simple to install.
  • Underground Gates: These are expensive but they are the best route to go down if you want an aesthetically pleasing gate. With this technology the movement of your gate will be controlled by a series of jacks that are located underground. This system is not really ideal for commercial usage due to the way in which it works.

In some countries it is a legal requirement to have your electric gates inspected regularly. Even if you live outside one of these countries, it is still important to have them checked over. Electric Gates can be incredibly dangerous if not installed correctly or if they are incorrectly maintained. Yes, it will cost you to have them inspected. However, it is far better to be safe than sorry.

As I said at the start, this is a very brief guide to the world of electric gates. There is plenty more information out there for you to sink your teeth into. Remember, it is vital that you carry out your research beforehand. This is the only way that you can be sure that you are ending up with the right electric gates for your property.