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Automated gate technology is rising in popularity; one estimate is that up to 300,000 new gates are being installed yearly. Electric gates are used in a variety of locations including commercial properties ranging from nursing homes to hotels, and private residences and housing developments. One of the best ways to ensure the installation is done to a high standard is to hire a competent professional. The right gate engineer will cover a range of factors to ensure correct installation. The following article covers several of the main reasons why it’s essential to choose a respected gate installer.
There are many factors that should be considered before the installation of an automated gate can begin. The environment in which the gate will be installed should be taken into account. The positioning may affect the style of gate chosen and the type of system used. For example, space can be a limiting factor, but a qualified gate engineer can advise you on which gate system will be most suitable. If a driveway slopes upwards, swing gates will hit the drive as they open inward so the option of sliding gates should be considered. Combined with the frequency of use, and exposure to wind and required access control systems, there is a lot to consider. A proper gate installer can advise you on all this and more.
After the initial assessment is complete, and you have purchased the gates and accompanying automation systems, you want to be safe in the knowledge that the finished result will look fantastic. A gate installer may have to build brick pillars or perform welding tasks to attach the gates and their mechanisms. If done poorly, not only can it be unsafe, but the overall look will be affected. Gates must be aligned and hung correctly to ensure they work properly and hang straight. Finally, it may be necessary to install lengthy cables to provide electricity to the site and this may require digging trenches to install armoured cables. The automation components then need to be wired to a control board. Gate installers will know how to do this themselves or work in partnership with trusted electricians. Competent professionals will make tidy work of these tasks, but there are many examples of terrible installation that is not aesthetically pleasing and potentially dangerous.
Automated gates are an excellent investment, but only if they last. Problem gates that aren’t installed correctly are at a higher risk of developing issues and breaking down. Poor gate installation may be cheaper, but the money you will spend ultimately on breakdowns, repairs may be a lot higher.
The gate installer has a responsibility to ensure that your gate is safe. Gate installers are not regulated, and there are people in the industry who do not follow health and safety protocols during installation. If an incident should happen with your gate, you may not be liable but how would you feel? Safety edges, obstacle detection and photocells are all wonderful technologies to help keep gates safe, and if installed correctly, can make automated gates much safer.
Finally, as with any other machine, regular maintenance is required to keep your gates in top condition. By doing so, you can significantly improve the potential lifespan of your electric gates. Good gate engineers will offer a maintenance service based on how regularly your gate is in use and will ensure the correct servicing and safety checks are carried out.
Linkcare gate automation are the suppliers of electric gate kits, gate motors and associated gate automation products. We can also provide recommendations for trusted installers across the country. If you are a gate engineer or you have a gate installation company, we also offer a gate installer training course that focuses on the safety aspects of installing automated gates. For more information, contact us on 01895 232626 or visit our website.