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 motorIt’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 systemThe 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 openAs 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 aestheticsElectric 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 GatesAs 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!
- Regular keys – each kit will come with at least one included and with the standard keys, you can always buy more if needed.
- Personalised keys – if your kit has these, go to a locksmith and get spares cut. You will not be able to buy spares if you lose your original keys, you would have to replace the entire locking mechanism which is an expensive job!
- Keep in a safe place! Label them properly and make sure that you have convenient access to them when needed!
To make your gate remote controls work with your electric gate kit, they must be programmed in to your gate / garage door opener control board so that it pairs with them. This is a relatively straight forward process which you can do yourself by following the instructions in the video tutorial below.
There are a couple of reasons you may find yourself needing to programme your remote controls for your Liftmaster electric gate kit; you may well lose a gate remote or you may want to add additional remotes to your system for friends and family. The standard Liftmaster control panel can take up to 128 remote controls (for example on the CB124EV) and garage door operators can take up to 64. If more remote controls are required then the STAR 1000 can be added and that allows for up to 1000!
If you need any further help, please give us a call on 01282 677300 and we can talk you through any issues you are having over the phone.
There are many reasons why having an intercom on your electric gates is a good idea but having a GSM intercom comes with more benefits than most!
1. You don't need to be at home to speak to visitors and open your gates
It is really convenient to be able to answer your automatic gate calls when you are at work, on holiday or just at the supermarket; as well as when you are at home.
When someone calls at your gates, the GSM gate intercom doesn't ring a traditional intercom handset, it rings your mobile phone instead. The call can be accepted or rejected by pressing the number keys. You can also speak to your visitor. This feature means that wherever you are in the world, you can receive the calls from your automatic gates. This is particularly useful for accepting deliveries if you are out; you can open your gates to allow delivery to a safe place.
The one device that we all seem to have to hand nowadays is our mobile phones...so if you are binge watching a box set and someone calls at your gates, you don't even have to get up to answer the gate call.
2. Give and revoke access easily using mobile apps
With most GSM gate intercoms, you can associate at least 100 numbers with it. This makes it particularly useful for offices and business parks but also where you may have domestic staff such as gardeners who you want to be able to just let themselves in without inconveniencing you.
To associate a phone number to the intercom, a string of text codes need to be sent to it. Thankfully, Videx and AES have made useful mobile phone apps to allow easy programming of all it's features, even the advanced ones such as automatic timed latching.
If you want to revoke access to particular people then you just remove their phone number from the list of recognised numbers and they can no longer gain access when they call it. This is especially useful on commercial premises where staffing can change frequently.
3. Save money on costly remote controls for extended friends, family and staff members!
Whilst it is traditional to operate your electric gates with remote control or fobs, these are quite costly little items. They are easily lost and costs mount up quite quickly at £30 a pop! Remote controls only address your entry and exit from the property, so the need for an intercom system is still required. A GSM intercom addresses both visitors and also your own family or workers access, making it the most useful and cost effective entry point for multi user gates.
There are more options available to you in the main section of the website. Please get in touch for more information regarding your needs and we will source the best solution for you
What are articulated arm gate openers?
The articulated arm motor has a hinged arm which acts like a pincer - the motor is attached to the post or pillar and the end of the jointed arm attaches to the gate itself.
When under operation, the motor effectively pulls the hinged sections together, which draws the gate open and then expands out again to close. It's a very simple mechanism which can be installed to overcome potentially problematic gates!
There are a few decisions you have to make when choosing your gate automation but one of the most important factors is the location of your hinges.
Why does hinge position matter?
There are 2 main types of above ground gate automation kits: Ram arms or Articulated gate arms
In order to mount a ram arm and achieve the straight line geometry required, the gates must be hung to the back of the gate posts or pillars.
If the gate hinges are in the centre or the front edge of the posts or pillars, then it is not possible to use a ram arm (without significant and unsightly modifications). In these situations, the best type of arm to use is an articulated gate arm.
Pros of articulated arm openers:
- They can be fit on to most gates, regardless of where their hinges are which makes them a great choice for gates where the hinges are placed awkwardly
- Can be faster than underground or ram arm motors as the mechanism undergoes less travel than ram arms
- Easier to install than regular arms (although, as with most gate motors, some welding will be required) and can be mounted on to wide pillars and columns.
- Ultra reliable motors - due to the exceptionally simple mechanism, articulated gate openers which have been correctly installed require little maintenance and rarely breakdown which makes them a sound investment for your property
Cons of articulated arm openers:
- Can create a trapping point during operation; this should be taken in to consideration especially if you have children who can access the back of the gate during its operation
- Not as attractive to look at compared to other types of electric gate motor due to the arm mechanism
- Cannot be used on closed boarded gates due to the 'sail effect' that creates strong resistance on the gates in windy weather
- You need a significant amount of space to mount the gate motor so they are only really suitable on wide columns or pillars
Whatever your reasons for choosing a set of articulated arm gate openers, we are here to help. Our experts have been installing gate automation for over 30 years so there is nothing we haven't come across. If you need any advice, please contact us on 01282 677300 - our technical department are on hand to answer any questions.