Read This Before Getting an Automatic Gate

Posted on: 8 November 2019


Automatic gates offer you a lot of benefits; however, you need to know a few important things so that you get the most out of them. The following include some of the benefits you can obtain from automatic gates and a few tips to help you make the right choice:

Security, Weather and Convenience

The most common felt benefits linked to automatic gates include convenience, security and weather protection. Convenience is observed when you don't have to get out of your vehicle to open the gate. You also do not need to hire a person to man the gate. You can open the automated gate by the click of a button on a remote in your car. This also enhances security in that, since you don't have to get out of your car, it makes it difficult for a car thief to access your car.

In case of heavy rain, you won't get wet because you can open the automated gate from your car. You can drive in and park your vehicle in the garage where it is dry. This can also reduce the chances of catching the flu from cold weather or getting rained on.

Sliding Vs. Swinging

When considering an automated gate, you have the option of a swinging or sliding gate. Sometimes, the orientation of your home may make it difficult for you to choose either and you may end up being forced to pick the one you don't want. For example, if the road leading to the gate is sloping, you may end up choosing a sliding gate since the swinging gate will not open. Likewise, if there is no space to slide the gate open, you may end up choosing the swinging gate option.

Material Composition

Your gate is located outside, meaning it is subjected to harsh environmental conditions. You also need it to be strong to withstand any impact. You may be more persuaded to choose galvanised steel gates because they are cheaper, durable, corrosion-resistant, rust-resistant and strong. Aluminium is also durable like steel, but it is not impact-resistant.

For wood to withstand the harsh environmental conditions, you have to spend a lot of money on high quality and durable timber. You will also spend more on maintenance activities, which you have to do regularly. They include regular rot/damage inspections and the application of compounds that prevent wood damage. If you want a wood-like look, you can always request the automatic gate contractor to apply a timber finish to your steel or aluminium automatic gate.