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Installing Automatic Gates: 4 Things to Consider

If you live in a property with a large driveway, you may be considering how you can secure it. A great solution is to install a set of automatic gates. However, if you decide to go ahead and install automatic gates, you should make sure you consider the following things.

How pedestrians can access the gate 

When installing automatic gates, it is easy to focus on how cars and other vehicles will gain access. However, it is vital that you also remember that pedestrians may also need to use these gates. If you only have one large set of gates, anyone entering or exiting on foot will have to wait for an extended amount of time for them to open. The best way of avoiding this problem is to install a foot gate to the side of the main automatic gate.

The type of buzzer

The type of buzzer may seem like a minor thing. However, in reality, the sound that the buzzer makes could have a big impact on your quality of life. If you have visitors who wish to access the gate who do not have an electronic key or who do not know the passcode, they will need to press the buzzer. If the buzzer makes a shrill sound, it could quickly become annoying. When testing the different buzzers which are available, you should try to imagine what it would be like to hear the sound it makes several times a day. If you are unsure, it may be best to opt for a buzzer which is programmed with a range of different sounds so you can choose your own.

The additional security features

Automatic gates can be fitted with a range of additional security features which can further enhance your security setup. For example, you may wish to ask the fencing contractor to install additional lighting around the gate or a CCTV camera so you can monitor any visitors before deciding to grant or refuse access.

The warning system

Because automatic gates can present a serious hazard to people when they are in operation, it is essential that the gates you choose have an audible and visual warning system to alert people to the potential danger.

If you would like further advice and information about the installation of automatic gates, you should make contact with a company which specialises in this subject. A contractor will be happy to talk you through your options before recommending the best type of automatic gates for your property.