What to consider when installing gates at the bottom of a slope


Although gates can be installed on slopes, the process of fitting the gates is tricky, even for an expert. If your driveway runs uphill, then you may require additional equipment to help with the installation. If the slope is severe, then this may put a strain on your electric gate automation kit. That said, although installing gates at the bottom of a slope is difficult, it can still be done as long as you take the correct precautions. Here’s everything you need to consider.

Get the advice of a professional

Here at Gate Auto, we have over 30 years’ experience in supplying and fitting automatic electric gates, openers and access control systems. This means our fitters are experts in what they do. It also means they understand the complications that can arise when gates are installed at the bottom of a slope. Although some kits can be fitted on a DIY basis, if your gate will sit at the bottom of a slope then we’d always recommend enlisting professional help. Why not start the process by filling in one of our sliding gate assessments?

Manufacturer requirements

In today’s marketplace, customers have more choice than ever when it comes to deciding the size, type and style of electric gates they’d like at their home. However, sadly, if you’re fitting your electric gates at the bottom of a slope, then you may find that your choice is reduced. This is because some manufacturers specify that their gates can only be installed on a completely level surface. Again, an expert can advise you on which manufacturers make gates that will work well on your driveway.


Extra materials may be needed

Depending on how your gate will sit on your driveway, the installation may require the use of additional materials. This can make the process of fitting your gate more costly.

For example, if your driveway slopes across, then your sliding gates may need to be shaped. It’s also possible that a larger motor will be required (because the motor will also need to slightly lift the gate). Similarly, if your gates need to open uphill, your guide rail may need to be set lower down the gate and a middle rail may need to be fitted. Alternatively, if the driveway slopes, then the footing level might also need to be adjusted to accommodate this.

Pay extra care to safety

Although risks are minimised when installation is carried out by a professional, any automatic gate system can be unsafe when it’s installed without the correct consideration. This is especially pertinent when an automatic gate is installed at the bottom of a slope. In particular, sliding gates can cause the most damage if they’re incorrectly installed. This is because the gates require more force to push when they’re going uphill, and a higher braking force to stop them accelerating downhill.

However, a professional gate installer will understand these safety requirements and will be able to advise you on which gates are best suited to your situation.

Here at Gate Auto, we have over 30 years of experience 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 677 300!