How to choose the best automatic gate for your home or business

The idea of the installation of gates in Adelaide is more popular than ever before. In fact, you will be surprised at just how many people are having them installed at their home or place of business nowadays. Of course, there are plenty of different options when it comes to gates in Adelaide. This can make it very difficult to find the right one for you. Thankfully, you are in the right place. On this page I want to run you through the various things that you will need to think about when it comes to selecting the best gate.

Perhaps the first decision that you are going to need to make is whether you want to go down the route of ‘manual’ gates or ‘automatic’ ones. The latter option is immensely popular at the moment. This is because automatic gates in Adelaide tend to offer a great deal more security. I am not saying that manual gates will not provide the security you need, but they are going to be a great deal easier to get into for an opportunistic thief. Now, I do not want to dive into the pros and cons of each system (there is plenty of information out there on this). Just remember, automatic gates tend to cost significantly more. Since there is not much else to discuss when it comes to manual gates (you just need to choose something which looks good) I want to spend the rest of this page discussing a little bit about choosing the right automatic gates in Adelaide.

Generally speaking, you have two options. You have sliding automatic gates and swing automatic gates. It is the latter which tends to be the most popular. However, you need to realize that they are not going to be suitable for every situation. In fact, in most cases, swing automatic gates are not the best idea. They only work properly on a fairly level surface. If your driveway is sloped then you most likely are not going to want to go down that route. In addition to this, they are not going to work if you have limited driveway space. If you do not have enough space to park your vehicle when that gate is open then swing doors are not the right choice for you. Instead you are going to want to look into sliding gates which will actually save a lot of space.

In addition to this, you are going to need to think about the type of motor you wish to operate your gate. You have four main choices here. I just want to give you a quick overview on the situations where your choice will work best:

  • Underground Gate Motors: This technology is stored underground. It is ideal for those who do not wish for a big and bulky motor to appear on the outside of their property.
  • Ram Gate Motors: These are used when the gate pillars are smaller. They tend to be one of the most difficult motors to align however.
  • Wheeled Motors: These are often used on swing gates. They are ideal if you have an area which is uneven. Wheeled motors are VERY smooth. They can be quite expensive though.
  • Articulated Arm Motors: You need a lot of room for articulated arm motors to work. They do function ridiculously well on uneven surfaces. They can be a bit bulky though.

On top of all of that, the aesthetic appearance of your electric gates in Adelaide is going to play a major role. You need to make sure that it blends in with the rest of your property. Remember, you should always have your electric gates installed by a professional. If they are installed incorrectly then they can actually be quite dangerous.