5 key points to consider when buying electric gates for your home


Electric gates can be an effective way to increase home security and prevent anyone from gaining unauthorised access to your property. In addition to this, installing electric gates on your driveway can enhance the exterior design of your home and increase its curb appeal.

There are many different options available when it comes to electric gates, which means you’ll need to consider various factors before you decide which ones are right for you. To learn more, take a look at these five key points to consider when buying electric gates for your home:

1. Why do you want gates?

Think about the reasons you’re installing gates. This will help you to choose the right electric gate kits for your home. If you want to increase your privacy, for example, you may want to choose solid gates but, if you want to maintain the view from your property, you may prefer bars. Similarly, if you have young children or pets at home, you’ll want to ensure that the bars are fairly close together to prevent them slipping through the gates.

2. The motor

It’s important to use the right motor with your gates. With swing gates, you can take your pick from several types of gate motors, including ram arms, articulated arms, and of course the universally popular underground motors Each has its own set of unique benefits that makes it an attractive option, so make sure to do your research in advance on what each type of motor can offer you. And if in doubt, you can always ask our experts right here at Gate Auto! Gate motors typically need to be installed by a professional, so don’t hesitate to seek help with this aspect of installation. In addition, ensure that your system includes a manual release system, so that the gates can be opened by hand, if it’s necessary to do so.

3. Access control system

The access control system determines how and when your gates will open. Numerous control systems are available, including voice control, keypads, transmitters that sit inside your vehicle, and automated entry, which recognises when a vehicle approaches the gates via cables in your driveway.

4. How they open

As well as considering which type of access control system offers the best functionality for you, you’ll need to decide how the gates will open. Swing or sliding gates are particularly popular but swing gates do need to open inwards for safety reasons, so you’ll need to ensure that you have enough space on your driveway if this is your preferred option.

5. Materials and aesthetics

Electric gates come in a wide variety of models, colours, and materials, so it’s easy to find a style that complements your property. From wood and composite gates to metal and plastic, there are traditional, classic, and contemporary designs that can easily be installed.

Choosing the Right Electric Gates

As you can see, there is lots to consider when it comes to selecting the right electric gates for your property. If you’re unsure which motor you need or what type of gates are most suited to your needs, that’s exactly where we can help here.

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!