Whether you’re looking to boost your home or business security, automatic gates provide an excellent solution.
They come in a vast array of designs, materials, colours and finishes, so can complement the design of your home or commercial building.
They provide an effective visual deterrent to would-be intruders and can help keep unwanted visitors off your property.
And they can be opened in various ways, so can help you make the best use of your available space while enhancing safety and security.
However, picking the right automatic gates for your needs can be challenging because of the range of options available.
Here, we take a closer look at the different types of automatic gates available to help you make the right choice.
What is are automatic gates
Automatic gates provide your home or business with a solid first line of defence and protection.
Most automatic gate systems comprise single or double gates that are opened or closed by a motor, which can be controlled by various devices, including remote handheld transmitters, access control systems and vehicle detection devices.
The motors are connected to the gates by mechanical arms, which push or pull the gates open or closed.
Most motors can be fixed to the pillars or posts the gates are hung on, but some can be located under the hinge point to provide automation.
They come in a wide range of formats, including bi-fold, sliding, swing and access gates, so are suitable for several applications in both domestic and commercial settings.
Motors and sensors can also be added to existing gates to automate them and improve their effectiveness. Although there are many different types of automatic gates, including timber, aluminium or heavy-duty stainless steel, most automatic gates fall into the broad categories listed below:
Automatic swing gates
These gates are perfect for properties with long driveways or entrance roads. As their name suggests, they swing open, so require a clearance space inside the gate that is larger than the arc they travel through, otherwise, they may damage vehicles or other property.
Like with all motorised gates, safety features can be built in to prevent accidents.
Automatic bi-fold gates
Automated bi-fold gates function in the same way as standard swing gates but are effectively ‘cut in half’ vertically and fold in on themselves. This means they only need around half the clearance space required by a traditional swing gate.
Automated sliding gates run on a track, and wheels are mounted to their underside and slide into space on one side of the entrance, such as a wall. Because of this, the available space must be longer than the entire width of the gate. Keeping the tracks clear of leaves or debris is essential for their smooth operation.
Telescopic sliding gates
Telescopic sliding gates operate in a similar way to regular sliding gates. They consist of several full-height sections which close next to each other, so take up less space than single segment sliding gates. They use a separate track for each gate segment, which needs to be kept clean to ensure correct operation.
Cantilever sliding gates
Cantilever sliding gates operate like sliding gates, but instead of running on tracks, are weighted on one side to suspend the gate off the ground.
This type of automatic gate is best suited to wider openings and industrial applications.
Benefits of automatic gates
Most automatic gates can fit integrated seamlessly with any existing security measures you have in place – such as CCTV, smart alarm or access control systems.
They are available in a wide range of configurations to suit your available space and ensure safe operation.
They can also be fitted with a host of additional extras to make your life easier, from wireless connectivity to electronic timers and even video intercom systems.
If you’re looking to beef up your perimeter security, either at home or work, automatic gates make the perfect investment.
Looking to invest in automatic electric gates?
If you’re looking for electric gate installers to help boost your home or business security, Netfit Communications can help.
As we’ve shown above, there are many reasons why investing in automatic gates to protect your home or business premises is a good idea.
All our electric gate systems are available in a wide range of sizes, types and configurations.
We can install them seamlessly into your home or business premises for complete protection and peace of mind.
If you’re unsure what you’re looking for or which type of automatic electric gates will suit your needs, get in touch today for a free consultation.