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A Guide to the Workings of Automated Driveway Gates

By Kravelv @kravelv

If you have ever wondered how automatic driveway gates work, this article was written with you in mind. There are several types of automated gates and which one is most suitable would depend on several factors, which is something that the supplier would discuss with you. If you are interested in acquiring a set of electric gates for your property, here is a brief description of the various types on the market today.

  • Traditional Side Opening Electric Gates – This type of gating requires adequate space, and with the right type of motor that is designed to hold the weight of each leaf, the gates are fully automatic. There are two main types of opening mechanisms used with side opening gates, which are: 1) articulated arm motor, and 2) back mounted arm motor. The former is recommended for larger doors and they can be adapted to suit most openings, while a back mounted motor is more discreet, not being quite so visible as the articulated arm version. There is also an underground motor driver system, which is completely invisible; however, this requires a trench to be dug out and some brickwork laid to provide a channel to house the mechanism. The underground motor system is therefore more expensive than the other types, but does offer an aesthetically pleasing solution, and the gating mechanism is protected from the elements.
A Guide to the Workings of Automated Driveway Gates
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  • Sliding Automatic Driveway Gates – These are ideal if you have limited space in your driveway, and the slide can be either left to right or vice versa. There are two main types of electric sliding gates: 1) gates that run on rails, and 2) gates that are cantilevered and hang from a top rail. The size and weight of the gates are a critical factor when choosing a suitable motor, which is why you should consult a company that specialises in electric gating supply and installation, and with their expertise, the electric driveway gates will be suited to the environment.
  • Extra Features – These include remote control and keypad access, which is more convenient than the traditional lock and key. You can also have an intercom system installed, which allows you to communicate with a person before opening the gates.
  • Choice Of Materials – Electric gating can come in wrought iron, aluminum and timber, which allows you to select a material that is in keeping with the property. The aluminum and wrought iron gates are maintenance free, while timber does require regular care and attention to keep them looking their best. To know more about the different types of electric gating, you can check articles available online which might help you choose a suitable system.
A Guide to the Workings of Automated Driveway Gates
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You might be wondering what would happen if there was a power outage, well, there are two solutions, which include installing a small emergency battery, which comes into use when the mains power is insufficient. The other solution is a manual lever that can be inserted, allowing you to wind the gates open or closed.

If you are interested in having automated gates installed in your driveway, you can source an established supplier by searching online, and they would be only too happy to send an expert to your home, where you can discuss the many options.


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