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If you’re thinking about electric gate installation, what do you need to know and how do you choose which gate installer to use?
Do you choose the installer with the cheapest quote?
Do you pick the engineer who can do the job soonest?
Do you go for the gate installer whose designs impress you the most?
Or do you trust the one who says you only need one set of photocells or the one who recommends ram motors rather than underground gate operators?
It’s a complex subject, so here are some guidelines specifically aimed at helping you choose the right gate installer for your home’s automatic gates.
The world of electric gate installation is not regulated so anyone can legally install electric gates. But badly installed electric gates can be dangerous.
It makes no sense to save a few pounds when you’re trying to protect your family and home if the end result is unsafe or badly installed gates.
We always recommend that you hire experienced professionals to install safe electric gates.
We also recommend that electricians, landscapers and security system engineers considering installing electric gates should study the relevant safety advice and get as much training as possible from any gate automation manufacturer whose systems they will use.
An experienced installer will engineer the best access control solution for you based on how you want to operate and control your automatic gates.
Remote transmitters are hand-held devices that simply open and close your gates at the touch of a button. These are usually the minimum requirement for controlling electric gates.
Intercom systems are located outside the gates and can include an entry-phone or call button for visitors to communicate with corresponding receiver handsets, buzzers or bells inside the property. Once the identity of the visitor is known, the homeowner can operate a gate release button allowing the approved visitors to enter through the gates.
There may also be a numerical keypad outside the property which allows anyone with the code to open the gates without having to communicate with the house.
As well as being experienced in the many different aspects of gate automation installation, the gate engineer you want is also capable of advising on gate materials and designs.
A good one will be able to advise on gate designs that compliment your home and advise on what gate construction materials will give you the look and level of maintenance you would like.
There’s a bewildering range of styles and colours, and gates can be made of aluminium, iron or steel, various types of wood, a combination of any of these materials, and even PVC.
Sliding gates can be made to look like two swing gates even though they’re still a single gate. But where space is limited, sliding gates can be installed as two gates that slide apart from the middle.
In limited spaces where sliding gates aren’t possible, the leaves of bi-fold swing gates fold in half as they operate so they don’t need as much room to open.
When selecting the right gate automation installer, always remember that they can also maintain and service your gates.
Regular maintenance will help keep breakdowns to a minimum, but they can still happen. So, you need to know that your installer is close enough to get you quickly for an emergency call out.
They should be able to offer you the manufacturer’s warranty on all components of the gate automation, and their own guarantees on their installation work.
Gate installation costs for automated and manual gates can vary significantly based on many variables. An accurate figure will only be forthcoming from a gate installer who has visited your home and understood your requirements.
Automatic gate installations using ram or articulated arm motors are usually cheapest while installing underground motors is labour-intensive and complicated so is more expensive.
Some installers will reduce their price by offering softwood gates, but these will start to show the effects of weathering much faster than hardwood gates. Aluminium gates are comparable in price to hardwood gates and show none of the ageing that wooden gates experience.
One of the first things visitors to your home see are the gates across your driveway. These should be smart, stylish electric gates that operate smoothly, free from rot and discolouration, and don’t sag on their hinges.
You can always find someone cheaper, but the right installer will give you electric gates that make your lives easier and more secure, and that create the right impression for visitors to your home.
Automated gate installation is a complex process, and the first step is to talk to an experienced gate installer. They will be able to give you advice on what is and isn’t possible for your gates based on your driveway and garden.
Once they’ve also understood how you want to use your automatic gates, they can provide you with a comprehensive quote.
If they are experienced local gate installers, they should also be able to show you examples of electric gates they’ve installed in your area.
At Linkcare, we’ve worked with and supplied gate installation engineers for many years and can provide the details of professionals we recommend in your area.
Call us on 01895 232 626 or email [email protected]
We use a network of Aluminium Gate Installers and Gate Automation Installers. These installers are initially vetted and continually assessed to ensure quality is guaranteed.
Our network of preferred gate automation and aluminium gate installers covers the whole of the UK so we can always recommend an installer local to you.
The nearest Installers will initially come to you and discuss your requirements before providing you with a comprehensive quote.
Please remember that automatic gates can be dangerous if not designed and installed correctly. Our Gate Automation and Aluminium Gate Installers will always work towards the safest possible configuration of your gates. This means that you could probably get a cheaper quote from a less scrupulous or qualified installer.
If you're thinking about having new gates installed (with or without automation) or having existing gates automated, this is the best place to start.