When it comes to improving the security of your home, electric gates are one of the best ways to do this. Electric gates come in many different styles, so choosing the right ones for your property can seem daunting.
This being the case, we’ve written this guide to help you make the right decision when it comes to choosing electric gates for your home.
Types of electric gates
Swing gates are the first type of electric gates. They open outwardly from the center, much like traditional gates and come in a range of different styles and materials.
Sliding, or cantilever gates slide open on a linear path. This can make them safer than swing gates and they’re often a good choice for properties with gravel driveways where a swing gate could be an issue.
Things to consider
The style of your property
Although electric gates are incredibly practical and great for security, you also need to think about how they’ll fit with the current style of your property. You can get very minimalist, modern-looking gates as well as more traditional gates that have elaborate designs and flourishes, so finding gates that suit the style of your home won’t be an issue.
Material of the gates
You can get electric gates that are made from wood, metal or a mixture of the two. Each has its pros and cons and a lot of the decision will come down to your style preference and how important security is to you. For example, if you want a greater level of privacy, then a close boarded gate would be a preferable to an open patterned model.
Wooden gates can often look very stylish and are a great choice for more traditional looking homes. When they’re close boarded, they also provide an excellent level of security and privacy. Wooden gates do require some maintenance though, particularly those made from softwood, so this is something to bear in mind.
Metal gates tend to work well on most types of properties, including modern properties that have a rendered exterior. They often have an open design, meaning you’re able to see out onto the street. Some people prefer this as it doesn’t make your property feel as closed off from the world as a wooden gate can.
Another big advantage of metal gates is that they require no maintenance.
Access control is another thing to consider when choosing electric gates for your home. Depending on your budge and requirements, you can get a simple keypad or a more in-depth audio/video intercom to control who can gain access to your property.
If you’d like to find out more about the different types of electric gates you can get, then get in touch and we’ll be able to discuss your requirements.