Electric gates can add tremendous value to a property. Not only do they provide enhanced security to your home, but they can also be the aesthetic upgrade you’ve been wanting for your house.
Whether you’ve already decided to have one installed or just considering it as a future investment, there are three important things you need to take into account:
The amount of space available in your driveway
The level of security that gives you comfort
The style of your property
Keeping these three steps in mind will ease your decision and help you get the electric gate that is the ideal addition to your house.
1. The Amount of Space Available in Your Driveway
This is the first and most important step in choosing an electric gate. The size of your driveway will dictate what kind of gate you can install. If you have a small driveway, a swinging or sliding gate may be the best option. These types of gates open up to 90 degrees, so they won’t take up much space when opening
Swing gates look amazing, but if there’s not enough room in your yard for both doors to open freely, having them installed might bring you some headaches instead of relief. If any of the doors hit something or even slightly brush against a wall or a statue while swinging, this may affect the integrity of the security system.
If there isn’t enough room, you can opt for a sliding gate. A sliding gate would only need space along the fence, to slide left or right, and is the better option if you don’t want to sacrifice too much space in your yard.
If you have a large driveway, almost any type of gate will do. However, keep in mind that the heavier the gate, the more powerful the motor you’ll need to open and close it.
So before making your purchase, measure the width and height of your driveway to find out what types of gates are available to you.
2. The Level of Security You Want
Another aspect that will weigh in on the final investment is the level of security you want the electric gate to provide. Is a keypad with a numerical code safe enough for you or is it likely that unwanted people in the neighbourhood will learn the code and use it against your will? Do you want to be able to see who’s at the gate before buzzing them in? Then a video intercom is what you need.
There are a variety of security features to choose from, so think about what’s important to you and make your purchase accordingly.
Keep in mind that the more features you add, the higher the price tag will be. So if you don’t need all the bells and whistles, consider opting for a gate with fewer features and save yourself some money.
On the other hand, if you live in a high-crime area, it might be worth investing in a more expensive gate with additional security features. The important thing is to make sure that you feel safe and comfortable when leaving your home.
Pets & Children
Do you have small children or pets that run around in the yard? You might want to consider an electric gate that has a built-in sensor. This way, if someone or something crosses the path of the gate while it’s closing, it will automatically stop and reverse. Will children or elders use it often? Can they easily understand how to operate it?
If not, you may want to consider an electric gate that has a remote control.
Keep in mind the level of security you want and make sure to ask your contractor these questions before installation begins.
3. The Style of Your Property
An electric gate does not only bring more security – but it also changes the look and design of your property. And if the security levels can be known only by the owners, the aesthetic match (or mismatch) to the rest of the property is something very transparent and obvious.
So, take some time to walk around your property and figure out what style you’re going for. Do you want a sleek and modern look or something more rustic? Once you have an idea of the style you want, it will be easier to find a gate that complements the rest of your home.
Before anything else, the gate must match with the fence and other exterior design objects in your yard. Ideally, these would also match with the house. However, if the style of your house and the one of your fence and interior yard differ, it’s always best to match the gate with the fence.
This will make the yard look more harmonious.
If you have a rustic house, for example, installing an electric gate with a modern design might not be the best option. Similarly, if your fence is made of metal and your house has wooden panels, it’s better to install a wooden gate that will match the style of your house.
When it comes to style, think about what you want and talk to your contractor about the different types of electric gates that are available on the market. They will be more than happy to help.
There are a variety of electric gates to choose from, so take your time and find one that fits both your needs and the style of your home.
Choosing the right electric gate is not an easy task. But if you keep these three things in mind, it will be a little bit easier. Measure your driveway, think about the security level you want, and consider the style of your property. With these three points in mind, finding the perfect electric gate for your home will be a breeze.
Installing an electric gate is a big investment, but if you take the time to do your research, you’ll be sure to find one that’s perfect for you.
If you need guidance in choosing the right electric gate for your property, feel free to give us a call at 01204 852 262. At MDS Security, we’re more than happy to answer your questions and help you find the right fit for your needs.