Automatic gates – what you need to know

Automatic gates have many benefits, from convenience to added security for your property. But where do you start when it comes to choosing the right product? We’ve got some tips to help you find the perfect solution for your home.

  1. Style

The first thing you’ll need to decide on is the style of your automatic gates. There are various opening options that will impact how your gates operate and how much space will be required for them. Most products will use a slide or swing mechanism; of course, swing gates require enough space in front of them to be able to operate effectively, while sliding gates need space either side to open into.

You will also need to consider how you’d like the gate to be activated. Is a key fob the best option, or would you prefer sensors, a keypad or an intercom?

  1. Material

When you’ve determined the kind of functionality you require, you’ll need to find options that suit the overall look and feel of your property. Perhaps you like the classic wrought iron look, with its elegant detail, or maybe you prefer the rustic feel of wood. With these two materials, it’s worth noting that a strong motor is needed to operate them, and they’ll need regular maintenance to keep them looking good. Aluminium is another popular option thanks to its light weight and durability. It can also be styled to look like wood or iron.

  1. Safety

All automatic gates come with a standard set of basic elements, which includes safety photocells that are designed to stop the gates moving if a person or object enters a risk area. You may choose to add extra safety features, such as safety edges that are designed to prevent damage to anything that may come into contact with the gate while it is moving.

You’ll also need to ensure the product you choose is supplied with a Declaration of Conformity and a CE mark, which shows it complies with the EU Machinery Directive. Engaging a home access and security specialist will ensure the gates are fitted properly and according to the latest regulations too.

  1. Connection to your system

If you already have smart elements in your home, it’s worth asking a home automation specialist to connect up your gates and ensure they can be controlled via your existing system. With one interface for all your smart devices, operation and automation is much simpler, and your gates can be linked to other security features such as lights and CCTV to ensure maximum efficacy.

  1. Maintenance

Considering the overall cost of your gates is important when choosing which product to invest in. Aside from the initial installation, there will be maintenance costs associated with your automatic gates and it’s recommended that you follow the manufacturer’s plan in order to maximise their longevity.

If you’re thinking of adding automatic gates to your property, be sure to speak to a home automation specialist to ensure they’ll work with your existing smart system. At New Wave AV, we’re experts in everything smart home, and as professional home automation installers in Kent, we can work with your supplier to deliver the best possible experience. If you’re based in Kent, Essex, Sussex, Surrey or London, contact us today for a consultation.

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