Which Electric Gate is Best for You?

You may have some idea of the style or type of gate you want. However, it’s a significant investment, so it’s worth considering all the options before making a final decision. Here are a few pointers to help:

Swing or slide?  The layout of your property will usually determine whether slide or swing gates are best. A driveway 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?  What do you want from your automatic gates? 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 could be better. Make sure you ask about price differences and how much maintenance is required for different types of gates.

Electromechanical or hydraulic?  You may be offered a choice between 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 can consider:

  • 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 actually need and talk to your provider before making a decision.

Information courtesy of GateQuote