There are many different designs when looking to replace your entrance gates and this is a decision not to be taken lightly. A wrong choice could lead to disappointment. Rather than looking for an off-the-shelf design, the best idea is to enlist the help of a custom gate supplier, who can design the perfect set of gates for your property.
Here are a few factors to take into account when choosing a design for your automatic gates.
- Materials – Gates can be made from steel, stainless steel, wrought iron, aluminium or timber, and you can have a combination of materials. Timber has its advantages and when combined with steel, this is perfect for a rural property. Think maintenance, which is why many homeowners choose stainless steel or aluminium. For example, if you decide to choose automatic wrought iron gates, there are many sliding electric gate designs when you visit a leading UK gate supplier’s website. Once you have chosen your preferred design, they can quote for the project.
- Swing or Sliding? – There are external factors that might make the choice for you; weight is always an issue with side-hinged gates, which may require ground tracking. The terrain is another factor – uneven ground might make the sliding option impossible – and with the help of a leading custom gate outfit, the perfect design awaits!
- Electric Motor – The motor can be concealed below ground, which protects the unit and keeps the driveway clear of obstacles. This might add a little to the cost, but it is well worth it. Most people opt for the concealed set up, which required a small channel to be dug out in the right location, with a flap for easy access.
- Driveway Size – If you have a small driveway, side opening gates may not be practical, as inward opening requires space and the best solution is to seek professional advice from a custom gate company. They would send a technician to your home and together, you can come up with the best design and the supplier can quote for the project
- Accessories – There are a lot of things you can incorporate into the gates, such as CCTV, two-way intercom, keypad locking and a side gate for pedestrians. Brass fittings are another option and with an Internet connection, you can view your entrance from any location, using a smartphone app.
Of course, there is a level of maintenance with electric gates and the supplier would furnish you with a list of tasks and the frequency of the intervals. You are advised to stay alert when using the gates, looking for anything out of the ordinary and make a point of checking the tracking for debris or obstruction. Think lubrication – all moving parts need oil or grease and this should be replenished and replaced every year and should there ever be any issues, contact the supplier, who would be happy to investigate.
Take your time with the design and you should end up with a functional set of gates that look like they belong.