November 4th, 2016

Choosing the right automatic gate system for your property

At Carter Security, we know that for many property owners, the appeal of automated gate systems is their versatility. Few other security systems are able to provide security solutions that are simultaneously elegant and—to burglars at least—imposing. However, with so many different mechanisms, materials and designs available, identifying the best option for your property can quickly become complicated.

When having automated gate installed, there are a number of crucial factors to consider. These are always taken into account by our site surveyors when they visit a premises; by introducing some of these factors here we hope to give you a clear indication of the type of gate that would be recommended for you and your property.

How is an automated gate going to enhance your property?

Many properties are fitted with security gates for purely stylistic reasons. A well designed and properly installed gate can be a great asset, or simply a means of making a powerful impression on guests and passers by.

Conversely, one of the most practical purposes of a domestic automated gate system—besides keeping out intruders—is to protect young children and pets. These electromechanical barriers are a much more reliable way of preventing either of these parties from wandering out into busy streets or unsafe neighbourhoods.

Ultimately, gates installed for any of these reasons will still go some way to increasing the quality of your property security. However, the factors which influence the different motives, such as having small children, will have an impact of the style of gate we recommend.

Consider the number of people your automated gate will affect

Often, deciding on a material will come down to personal preference alone. There are only a few factors which may sway this decision. Firstly, consider the impression you want to give to visitors and immediate neighbours. If you want a high security, crime deterring gate then a steel gate may be more effective. If, on the other hand, you want something less severe, a timber gate may suit your property better.

Properties that expect to a high volume of traffic pass through the gate on a regular basis may want to consider which access control system would be most practical and secure. For private residents or staff carparks, assigning smartcards or key fobs would remove the need for someone to man the intercom, as well as creating a record of regular visitor movements for security purposes.

If, on the other hand, your property often welcomes different visitors, such as hotel guests or business clients, then a voice intercom system would provide a more personal at-the-gate-greeting and sense of exclusivity.

Where children are present, it is highly important to pay extra attention to ensuring that your gate is fitted and designed with safety in mind. Some of the features listed by HSE include sensors and limited closing force. We also suggest using a lightweight material with no design features that could trap or injure a pedestrian.

All Carter Security automated gates are installed with anti-crushing functions, which prevent the gates from closing if an obstruction is detected.

An additional feature that can be fitted to automated gates as a safety or security measure, are video cameras in the form of a video intercom or CCTV system. This can provide extra security if you’re unable to see who is at your gate, either because it is far away from your property or because the gate has been designed to shield your house from view. As a safety device, cameras could warn the operator at the onsite intercom not to risk opening the gate in the event of an obstruction.

Choosing a gate to match the landscape and size of your property

There are many physical property features which can cause a particular style of gate to be more suitable than another. From the length of the driveway to the traffic on the road outside.

Of all the varieties of automated gate, sliding gates are usually the largest and the heaviest. This also makes them the most dangerous and the least appropriate for domestic properties. A sliding gate, especially an industrial model, should be installed where there is room for it to be set back away from any busy streets or roads. Even one meter between the gate and the pavement will significantly reduce the risk to passers by.

While swing gates are often the most popular choice for domestic properties, they are not always the most appropriate option. Where a property is built on a slope, for instance, the swinging motion of a gate will be disrupted. If this is a concern of yours, get in touch for advice or to book a free site survey.

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