Why install an Automatic Gate System?
In domestic use, electric gates provide an extra security for your home and of course, especially for those living in rural or vulnerable areas.
Commercial and industrial sectors require automated systems to control visitor traffic in specified areas, manage security and protect specific environs where only approved personnel are permitted to enter.
Gate automation systems are also invaluable where large groups of individuals are expected to gather, e.g. concert venues, festivals, museums and tourist attractions.
We offer swing gates and underground cubic automatic gates. We are happy to advise on what system best suits your property or business.
Choosing your Automatic Gate Style
Gates are described as wing or leaf, the latter divided into separate moving parts.
Your supplier will often work with a number of reputable gate fabricators to come up with the best combination of gate and articulation for your site.
Hydraulic gates are extremely quiet and will hold a closed panel gate more firmly in a windy situation.
There are three types of swing mechanisms. The first two are what is termed over-ground operators with the motors and arms on show on the pillars and gates.
The cheapest and more visible option is the articulated arm, with a motor attached to the gate pillar or pillars and an ‘L’ shaped arm on the back of the gate that, using a motor shaft, pulls the gate open.
Linear over-ground electronic gates (also known as actuators or ram types) have a sleeker, appearance.
A horizontal actuator spindle is attached to the gate wing and the drive mechanism to the pillar. The spindle extends to close and retracts to open the gate.
Underground mechanisms, take the motor completely out of sight and are set into the ground in a ‘ motor box’ and are popular for their flush, unobtrusive finish which does not vie with the aesthetics of a lovely gate.
It’s vital to ensure there are no drainage issues around the gateway which would allow water to fill the box position, shorting the electrics of the mechanism and disabling the gate.
Sliding gates operate on a glide-track set into the ground and have a tidy finish. No gate is impenetrable, but a single piece sliding gate mounted on a track, that moves in a parallel motion back against the adjoining fence or wall is very secure and least likely to be rammed open.
If the house is reached by an uphill driveway, a sliding gate is a perfect answer, as the gate is not forced over a gradient or hanging in mid-air when opening outward.
In tight situations, with a twist to the drive, there’s no issue of getting around the gate during a manoeuvre.
It’s important to ensure there is plenty of room for the gate to slide back against the perimeter. Sliding gates are operated by a single gear motor on a rack and pinion drive principle.
The controls surrounding your automatic gates can be as sophisticated as the contents of your wallet allow, but even standard packages offer versatile choices that will deliver gates that are safe, convenient, secure and familiar to the whole family.
Key ring transmitters which ping the gates open or closed from around 100m away are the most common form of control (at least 2 are given with a standard kit).
With a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) controller added to the automation, you can also divert the operation of the gate through your mobile phone, allowing access to nominated phone users too.
A simple text command can keep your gates open for an assigned period and there’s the added advantage of text and email support from your supplier.
Audio-video intercoms allow visitors to press a button and be identified by voice or view, at a receiver up at the house. A keypad on the control box means you can provide an access code to say, trades coming to work on the house, and then change the code for total peace of mind
Why use B&D Gates & Railings for Gate Automation?
Using B&D Gates and Railings for your automation requirements comes with a number of benefits:
- 1 year guarantee Detailed installation report upon request
- High-quality workmanship
- Time-sensitive delivery Hands-on project management for Domestic, commercial and industrial market