Before Installing an Automatic Gate Design
Weigh the Pros & Cons First
When designing the right gate for your property, there are many options from the type of material to the way it functions. Depending on your situation, an automatic gate may be the best operation to fit your needs. However, like everything else, this feature has its pros and cons. Here’s what to consider before installing an automatic gate design.
Pros of Automatic Gates
When it comes to installing an automatic gate, lavish thoughts of a beautiful design gracefully opening to reveal a sprawling property take over. While this may be true in some cases, an automatic gate is just as functional in a more subdued setting, like a parking garage design that lifts an arm after you’ve paid your fee. No matter what the situation, there are still many pros to installing an automatic gate.
Security. One thing the sprawling estate and parking garage have in common is the need for security. An automatic gate can be part of a network that requires a special key or code to gain access. Not only is this a deterrent for those with illegal intentions to enter, but it’s also a safety measure used to help protect valuables inside the gate.
Accessibility. When working properly, an automatic gate should effortlessly open and close, eliminating the need for you to get out of your car. This is especially helpful in inclement weather and when it’s dark out. Typically, more durable designs are tougher to open and close manually, so an automatic function is more efficient to use with a strong, secure gate.
Investment. Think back to that gorgeous scene at the sprawling estate. Who wouldn’t want this kind of opulence to greet you as you enter? Automatic gates can increase your property value for several reasons. Designed correctly, it provides security, status, and instant curb appeal.
Cons of Automatic Gates
Of course, there are always cons to consider when adding a new feature to your property. There are ways to help prevent any issues from happening, but let’s review some of the things to watch out for.
Cost. Since automatic gates require their own operating system, the cost is going to be more than a simple manual gate. Not only is there the initial cost of gate materials, but add to that the price of the opener, required track, installation, and other related materials.
Maintenance. For the gate to continue functioning properly, you’ll need to keep up with any routine maintenance. This will also incur more upkeep costs as well as unexpected repairs. When automatic gates don’t work, you can forget that list of pros from above. You don’t want to be stuck inside or out of a closed gate, and the open gate is less secure.
Electricity. Automatic gates need a power source to function properly. This could come from several sources, and you should always consider backup in case one fails. Whether it’s hardwired to an electric outlet or run by a battery, make sure you have a way to regain power or at least manually open the gate until the power comes back on.
Professionally Installing an Automatic Gate Design
Part of the expense of an automatic gate is proper installation. While you may be able to install a manual gate yourself, automatic gates are typically heavier and more involved than a swinging door and latch. After weighing these pros and cons, contact Security Five to discuss all of your options for customizing and installing your automatic gate design. Our security experts can help match the right design, installation, and maintenance plan to fit your needs.