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There are a few things to consider when installing or upgrading your automated gate. Which material will you use? What automation type would best suit your home? The possibilities are endless. IQ Gates explains.
What materials are entrance gates made from?
A range of materials are available including timber, steel, aluminium and architectural metal. Your material choice will depend on personal preference as well as any possible planning rules.
Aluminium Gates: Aluminium gates are lightweight and easy to maintain. They are also versatile and can be used to create traditional and modern designs available in any RAL colour of your choice.
Steel Gates: Steel or architectural metal gates are ideal for listed properties. They are also a good choice where good visibility is needed for driveway access and exit onto the highway.
Timber Gates: Timber gates are very popular due to the versatility in finishes and design. This type of gate can be made to create a contemporary and traditional design. They can also be an open design or solid for privacy.
Combining timber with a steel frame offers additional security and durability.
What do I need to consider if I want automated gates?
Once you have chosen the perfect material, you will then need to consider the automation options. The automation options include swing, cantilevered sliding, track sliding and three-quarter split gates. The automation of your gate will depend on preference, the condition of the ground and space available.
Swing Gates: Swing gates are ideal for properties where a lot of space is available for the gates to be able to open fully. However, they can be installed as a single gate opening if your space is too small for a double gate opening.
Sliding Gates: Two different sliding gates are available including a cantilevered sliding gate or a track sliding gate. This automation is ideal for smaller driveways but you will need to consider the condition of your ground as track-sliding gates are best on a flat, smoother surface. You also need space for the gate to slide to when open.
Split Gates: Installing a three-quarter split gate is ideal for when driveway space is limited. This gate type can be made to any size in all available materials. Split gates are perfect for family homes or when pedestrian access is required.
How can I ensure the security and control of my driveway gate?
Different access and gate controls can be integrated into your gate including:
- automated number plate recognition
- audio and video intercoms
- IP and smart phone access control
Your chosen access and gate control will depend on preference and possibly location. For example, integrating automated number plate recognition is ideal for busy roads, providing you with quick and easy access to your driveway.