Manual security gates are already fantastic additions to any residential property, offering a number of substantial security benefits. However, automating them using an electric gate opener can improve even further on these benefits; building upon their security advantages whilst also eliminating some of the regular annoyances that arise from their everyday use. Now that we’ve started a brand new year, you may well be thinking about upgrading to an automated set of sliding or swinging gate kits for your own home. If so, here are four key advantages it’s worth considering!

1. and 2. Improved security and increased privacy

By far the most obvious and substantial benefit to your property, automating your gates offers a significant boost in security to your home. An overwhelming majority of thefts and burglaries are committed by opportunists, rather than carefully planned out in advance. A manual security gate already offers an imposing visual deterrent, as well as a daunting physical obstacle. However, if they are left unlocked or the lock itself is somehow compromised, their security value is immediately negated. Automated gates, on the other hand, are highly resistant to being opened without the proper authorisation, making it far more difficult for would-be thieves to access your property. What’s more, unlike manual gates they’ll always lock into place behind you, so you’re not relying on memory to ensure your home remains protected.

It can also prevent unwanted callers with less malicious purposes, such as door-to-door salespeople or direct marketers. This is a universal annoyance, especially for anyone who works from home, and especially determined ones are sometimes known to simply walk through manual gates that have been left open or unlocked. Automated gates can prevent these people from getting as far as your front door, allowing you to enjoy privacy in peace.

3. Greater convenience over manual gates

We’ve touched upon this in our last point, but one of the downsides to manual security gates is that they’re dependent on you to lock, unlock, and move them to where they need to be. Even if you never forget (and it’s easier than you think!) this task can quickly turn to a chore, as you’ll have to move your gates at least twice every time you drive to and from your home; firstly to be able to move the car, then to secure the gates again behind you. This is time-consuming enough, and that’s just assuming you’re not in a rush to make an appointment, catch a flight, or simply get the kids to school on time. And of course, sometimes you well might have to do it all over again if you forget something simple, such as forgetting to put a heavy case in the car. Automating your gates makes the everyday task of entering and exiting your home a lot less time consuming, which can save you a lot of time and hassle in both the long and short term.

4. Cheaper prices on car and home insurance

Insurance prices constitute one of the main reasons why electric gate openers are a particularly cost-effective investment for your home. It’s a prime example of the sort of security-focused home additions that often cause insurers to offer premiums or discounts on home insurance. What’s more, the act of automating your gates further secures the enclosed area for parking your vehicle, fulfilling a stipulation that can result in many insurers offering you reduced prices for your car insurance. You may even be able to factor this into a financial valuation of your house if you decide to move, but this isn’t necessarily a hard and fast rule, and will be dependent on your individual circumstances.

Here at Gate Auto, we have over 30 years in supplying and fitting high-quality gate automation, we provide a wide range of electric gate kits and garage door openers alongside an array of accessories to ensure you get the most out of your investment. Feel free to browse them right here on our site, or give us a call on 01282 677300!