There are many reasons to decide on having electric gates installed, Children’s safety, pets and animals safety. Security and convenience. As well as just stopping other vehicles turn around on your driveway.
In addition to the physical barrier of the gates, there is also the feel good factor of the gates always being closed. Also at being able to choose who or when you speak to the person at your gateway from the comfort of your own home, no more nuisance callers that always turn up when you are in the middle of something.
Safety is your first consideration when installing electric gates.
As well as deciding if you electric gate installation want swing gates or sliding gates, you will also have to cover all of the safety hazards of your gates movement.
Then go on to deciding additional safeties, access control, Who gets through the gates and how?
And finally communication to the gateway whether it be a simple door bell, a voice system or video, whether it is colour or B/W and of course CCTV.
So the Method of deciding what you want from your gates as well as what you can have from your gates is them finally decided by the costs amounting from the your needs or desires.
Decisions to be made in order from start to finish.
1. Existing post or brick piers, are they suitable to accept the gates that you would like? or do you need new post or piers?.
2. Is the gap between the posts or piers big enough for your needs and others that may use it?
3. Is the surface across the driveway level to allow the gates to swing inwards without hitting the ground?
4. Can the gate slide to one side allowing more space on the driveway?
5. Would you like Wooden gates or Metal gates?, price can be similar for either material.
6. Once all of the above questions have been answered the you can make a decision on the amount of times the gate will open per day and per hour, This will tell you how intensive the use is, above 20 openings per hour would be considered intensive and then you may want to consider either 24volt operators or Hydraulic operators.
7. The next decision and probably the most important is about safety.
a) Sliding gates, photocells possibly both sides of the gate, possible protecting the back of the gate and or maybe a photocell cage working as one beam forming a cage.
b) Leading edge strips attached to the ends of the gate that stop the gate when pressure is applied.
c) A leading edge strip fixed to the wall or post where the gate slides past to prevent a shearing action.
d) Swing gates, photocells through the gateway and possible on the end of the swing to protect objects through the swing of the gate
8. Access control, (who gets in and how?) Most gate automations are supplied with 2 remote controls, beyond that instead of buying lots of remote controls, a simple code lock or keypad added to allow access via the input of a simple code.
I. Swipe card (Proximity card or tag) allowing access via a card swipe.
II. Communication either wireless or hard wired from the gateway to the house allowing two way speech and access via a push of the phone button.
III. GSM allowing telephone speech via call unit to a mobile phone or dedicated phone from a GSM call unit.
IV. Video intercom B/W or colour hard wired only at the moment with few exceptions.
V. CCTV allowing monitoring of the gateway, some speech and some access control built in
9. In addition to access control, you can also have a simple press to exit or even a press to open button, obviously depending on levels of security, but at little cost.
10. Postman, often overlooked, a post box can be fitted on the gates, outside the gates or access can be on a timer to allow