Guest blog: What is crucial to consider before getting an electric gate system?
Electric gate systems are convenient for the users. With an automated gate and lock system, all you have to do is drive up to the gate, activate a fob and like magic, it will open.
Installing an electric gate system shouldn’t be taken lightly though. These are complex systems and it is important to consider how you will use the gate before you go all out on electric.
We have invited UK electric gate experts Rolling Center to share a few considerations to make before you get an automated gate. Have a read and learn more below.
Electric gate systems can be installed on most existing gates and provide many benefits such as increased security and convenience of access to a property.
Installing electric gates can increase property value and improve the first impression. Whether to enhance privacy, deter trespassers or ease of controlling access.
Before making the decision there are many factors to consider if this choice is right for you. We will cover a few of them in this blog to help you make an informed decision!
Can I install my own electric gate system?
It is also important to think about whether you want to install the electric gate yourself or hire a professional. While it may seem like a good idea to try and do it yourself, installing an electric gate requires specialised knowledge and skill that only a professional can provide. So if you are unsure about what kind of electric gate would best suit your needs, it is highly recommended that you get in touch with a professional for advice and installation services.
How do I get power to my gate?
You need to have a power source near the gate such as a transformer and this is done by having cabling to the gate prior to installing an electric motor that signals the gate to open and close. This may cause disruption to the garden or driveway at the property entrance if there isn’t already any power there.
Before choosing any cabling or starting groundwork you must decide on an automation kit for the style of gate you have.
Depending on the size and weight this will narrow down the options. There are different voltage kits available, 24v, 36v and 230v. We would normally recommend 24v as this system has more features than 230v, such as altering the speed of the gate as well as health and safety compliance. However, if you have a gate heavier in weight or large in size a 230v may be more suitable. Always speak to a professional installer who can carry out a site assessment and quote for the correct specification.
What locks are best suited to an electric gate?
Once you have your electric gate system installed you may want to further improve the security of your property, and a lock will precisely do this. A locked gate helps deter away unwanted visitors and prevents unauthorised access. Gate locks are an important addition to your home, as most residential areas come with limited street parking that must be shared by all residents. By installing a lock on your gate, you will limit parking access to those who live on your property, as well as discourage trespassers who may attempt to park in front of your driveway or entranceway.
When it comes to choosing a lock there are two main kinds: manual and electric. Manual locks require manual operation in order to release the gate to open whereas electric locks require programming and electric connection to the automation.
Manual locks require you to unlock them before they will open or close, so oftentimes it can be faster to press a transmitter to release an electric lock rather than having to get out of the car and manually open your gate. An electric lock is the best solution for ease of access to incorporate with your automatic gate.
However, both types of security solutions can provide an effective way to secure your property. Electric gates are a more expensive solution, so you could install a manual lock if budget is a factor and provide a more traditional approach to security.
A manual solution doesn’t just mean a lock with a key. Whether a digital lock with a keypad on both sides for entry and exit, reinforcement with a drop bolt to secure a swing gate or a security collar for the hinge, other solutions are available.
Want to get an automated electric gate system for your next project? Contact Rolling Center to get their expert advice!