Cost of Installing Electric Garden Gates
Typical Prices for Having Automated Gates fitted
One of the first things any visitor will notice about your property is the entrance, first impressions count and buying electric gates not only makes a statement, it is also an investment. Electric gates provide you with security while enhancing your property and likely adding value to your home. The main advantage of electric gates is the increased security, electric gates is an effective first level of security to deter intruders trying to access your vehicles or your property (they can also help keep children and pets in to stop them venturing out onto busy roads).
Typical costs for hiring a specialist company to supply and fit electric gates
Things to consider when fitting electric gates
When considering having an electric automated gate installed, you need to think hard about which type of gate would best suit your needs and look the best with your property. For example, if you will likely walk through the gate more often than driving through it, a separate non-automated pedestrian access makes a lot of sense even though it would add to the cost initially. Automated installations are not trouble free, the more technology you have the more stuff there is to go wrong! Paying for a better quality motor and overall installation is usually worthwhile in the long run, it less likely that something will go wrong when you get better quality gates and automation, plus the companies that sell these higher-end systems will be happy to offer ongoing maintenance plans at a modest cost.
There are a number of different types of automation systems available for gates, the main ones being swing opening, sliding, ram and swing arm and underground systems. Swing gates are the most common where two gates simply swing out to allow access. Swing gates are the cheapest and work best on flat road surfaces, but are not suitable if your drive is on a steep slope. Sliding gates can only be used if you enough space to the side of the gate. It is possible to reduce the amount of space required by having two sliding gates opening in opposite directions, but this requires two opening systems so will cost more. Ram and swing arm openers are attached to the gatepost to open or close the gate and are highly visible, whereas underground systems are more discreet as most of the automation equipment for the gates are hidden underground, but underground systems are also the most expensive type of electric gates.
Planning permission will be required if the gate is close to a public road or footpath or if the gate is one metre tall or higher. If the gate is over two metres tall then you will need planning permission in any case. In addition, there are special requirements for listed buildings in the UK. You should always double check with your local planning department in any case as the responsibility for planning lies with the homeowner, not the company fitting the gates!
Doing it Yourself
Are you are considering installing your own electric gates, then unless you have previous installation experience, the majority of electric gates really need the services of a professional installer. However, there are simpler DIY electric gate kits which can offer a budget alternative. These kits feature polarity free connections with colour coded terminals which couldn’t be simpler. But before you get started, you need to take into consideration the weight and length of the gate and how often you expect it to be opened every day. You also need to consider other limitations such as the width of the entrance, any slope on the driveway, plus the amount of clearance you have either for either a swinging or sliding operation.
If adding automation to an existing gate, then you need to ensure that the gate is in good condition and functions well when manually opened and closed. The gate must be able to move freely without obstruction or hesitation. You should also carry out a risk assessment to protect against potential hazards. Most electric gate kits come with sensors that stop the gate closing if they sense an obstacle in the way, but you should also consider safety edges to guard against possible crushing and to trigger an automatic stop when they detect any contact.
If you have a construction background and are comfortable with some electrical work, then you may be able to install a quality electric gate system yourself, but even then it would probably be worth discussing the job with a professional installer as a consultant to clarify the installation process. Another DIY option is for you to do all the groundwork and install the equipment, the get the installer in to do the final electrical wiring and calibration.
Electric Gates Bullet Points
- The market in gate automation is increasing by 30% a year
- Automatic gates alone will not prevent a determined burglar
- A full site survey for a new installation is usually provided free of charge
- Electric gate systems can sometimes be integrated with your existing gates
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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