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People who are looking to install an electric gate often look to procure an entirely new system. However, it may be possible to automate an existing gate. Providing the existing infrastructure is suitable, the cost of this process is similar to a new installation. In this blog, we look at the various costs associated with installing, running and maintaining an automated gate.
The ideal existing gate to upgrade would be a good quality swing gate, for example, a five-bar gate. It should be attached to strong and sturdy posts or pillars. With proper installation, it is possible to automate a range of swing gates, this is particularly popular in situations where high-quality gates exist.
The cost associated with automating gates tends to vary widely based on a variety of factors. To upgrade to an automated system, the existing gate could be made automatic, or, if this isn’t possible, then new gates would need to be installed. Furthermore, solid posts or pillars are needed to attach the gates and motors. As a general rule, the cost of an automated gate varies depending on the material used, and the gate finish, size and design. It is useful to remember that the choice of gate motor will be likely to have the most significant impact on cost. Underground motors, for example, can be more expensive to install than a ram motor as much more work is required to install the former.
Generally, the factors most significantly affecting cost are choice of automation equipment, gate and groundworks. If the existing gate can be automated, and no additional items are requested, then costs should start at around £1,200. It is important to remember that to ensure safety, security and functionality, a trusted gate installer should always be used.
The cost of running an automated gate will vary depending on the gate’s frequency of use. However, as a rule, electric gates use very little electricity. When not in use, automated gates use around 100 watts per day. Electricity costs around 15p per KWh; so, the gate would cost about 1.5p each day to run. When operating, automatic gates use around 700W, but it will only last around 20 seconds when operating in each direction. This is about 0.2p for each cycle of the gates. If an automated gate system was used about 15 times a day, gate operating costs amount to roughly £15 to £16 a year.
Maintenance visits to care for an automated gate system can vary in costs. Factors influencing maintenance costs include the distance from the chosen gate engineer and the automation system in use. For a suitable level of upkeep to ensure a long life and reliable operation, maintenance can cost around £150 to £300 per year. During a service, a good installer will check that the gates safety features work properly and lubricate moving parts like hinges and wheels. They will also test that the motors are running properly and that all controls operate as expected.
LinkCare is the UK’s largest independent supplier of kits and parts for automatic gates. As specialists in gate automation, we are able to recommend trusted companies for installation and maintenance across the UK. For more information, call us on 01895 232626 or visit our contact page.