You may be thinking of buying an automatic gate for your home because of its convenience. Figuring which specific one can be overwhelming due to the many designs available. The following is a guide to help you make the right choice and ease your mind during the process of choosing.
What Is Your Budget?
Figuring out your budget will help you narrow down your search. Depending on the type of material or design gates have, the price may be high or low. You don't want to get a very cheap gate, as it may not be durable. The company you will be getting your gate from will be able to give you a range of gates within your budget.
Type of Automatic Gate and Design of Your Home
The aesthetic feature of your gate stands out more when it comes to its design. The gate should match with your home design, while at the same time being secure. At times, you may prefer a particular model or type, but it may not be installable due to the physical condition of the gate area. There are usually various types of automatic gates that include sliding, swinging, vertical lift, barrier arm, vertical pivot lift and bi-folding, among others. If your gated driveway is on a slope, you may not be able to have a swinging automatic gate and will have to make another choice, such as an automatic sliding gate.
It is also important to choose a company that can offer customisable gates so that if the available options do not work for you, you can work out modifications.
Power Source and Opening Mechanism
After you have selected the right gate, you need to figure out how you will be powering and opening it. To power the automatic gate, you will have two options: electricity cables or solar power.
When figuring this out, you need to think whether there is enough sunshine to power the panels and if there are frequent power blackouts in your home area. It is considered essential to add in a manual override in case power goes out and you get locked out. If you choose electric cables, you need to know that they will be running from your home to your gate, so you need to determine how they will be designed or installed to enhance security and to avoid altering the aesthetics of your home.
For the opening mechanism, it will entirely be up to you and what makes you comfortable. You can have options like remote control, inserting a code, using an electronic key or swipe a card, or you can have intercom access. Choose the one that suits your needs best and doesn't compromise on security.