Automatic gates: 7 things you must know before installing one
Automatic gates can give your home or business a
measure of added security and curb appeal. Before taking steps to purchase and install, it’s important to be informed, and below you will find seven things you must know before installing automatic gates.
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7 things you must know before installing automatic gates
There are several questions one must ask prior to installing automatic gates on their property: What are they? Why do I need one? How much do they cost? Is the property suitable? Who should I contact?
Here, then, are seven things you must know before installing automatic gates.
1. What are automatic gates?
It may seem obvious, but it’s never a bad idea to start out by defining exactly what you’re looking for.
Automatic gates are used to control access to a secured area, and consist of two basic components:
- Gate: The physical object that is moved to block the gate opening.
- Gate Operator: The machinery that moves the gate in and out of the gate opening. Gate operators are electrically-powered and may be chain-driven, gear-driven, or hydraulic depending on the type of operator.
If this is what you’re looking for, you’re in the right place.
2. Consider your reasons for installing automatic gates
What are the benefits of installing automatic gates to begin with?
This question is important to ask because it will help determine the type of gate that you end up choosing.
For example, if this gate will sit at the end of your driveway for privacy, safety and security reasons, going with a model that is hard for a passerby to see through might be the right choice. Or perhaps you’re going after increased curb appeal, and therefore looking to add artistic flair so it offers a memorable entrance to your property.
It all comes down to your individual preferences and reasons for wanting a gate when selecting your product.
3. Assessing your budget
There are many options when it comes to selecting automatic gates, even after narrowing down based on your particular needs.
As with any purchase, it is important to remember the old adage “you get what you pay for.” Remember to keep in mind that cheaper driveway gates and components can have greater wear and tear over time, thereby requiring more in maintenance costs and repair down the road.
During the initial planning stages, come up with an amount that you are looking to spend on the gate, and let that budget guide you when looking at the various options.
4. Research available products
Over the years, the Jay360 Network has supplied and installed a bevy of automatic gates. We have gained experience over the years and with each installation, overcoming functionality flaws to ensure a properly adjusted gate.
We carry a wide variety of manufactured gates as well as create custom designs according to your specifications and dimensions.
5. Location, location, location
The type of neighbourhood where the automatic gate is being installed must be considered when choosing a gate.
In general, gates installed in residential areas (where children are likely to be present) require more stringent safety measures than gates being installed in industrial environments.
The weather and climate in your area must also be assessed, as special precautions must be taken when installing gates in regions where there are extremely hot or cold temperatures, high winds, or heavy snow or ice.
6. The lay of your land
On most residential sites, the gate sits at the end of the driveway with a fence on either side.
If the entryway to your home is set up as such, you won’t have to put much thought into the location, although you may also have to add a manual gate for pedestrians.
The condition of the proposed site, as well as the materials used in crafting your driveway, will all be factors taken into consideration when writing up a quote.
Keep in mind as well the width of its surface, as automatic gates will only be an option if there is sufficient driveway space for installation.
7. Jay360 has you covered
Jay360 Network can supply and install a wide assortment of automatic gates to suit your specific needs.
We have the experience to handle everything from new installations to retrofitting existing automatic gate systems, as well as providing repair services to existing gate automation systems and controllers.
With a yearly maintenance service contract as an option, we can keep your automatic gates and subsystems functioning to manufacturers standards. Our commitment to our customers is to provide professional service and installations to maximize use and to minimize costs.
Give us a call today for a quote and set up an appointment for one of our professional sales staff to come out and assess your needs.