In both residential and commercial sites, automated gates are becoming more and more popular. They not only increase security, they make it easier to monitor who goes in and out of a site or a home without having to walk all the way to the gate whenever there is a caller. You can find automated gates in three kinds of materials – iron, wood and aluminum, but for this article, we will focus on automatic iron gates.
How they work
Most automated gates work in one of two ways: they can use a swing system or they can use a sliding system. A swing system opens in much the way that you would open a gate yourself – it moves it away from the entrance to make way.
The control mechanism for a swing system automatic metal gate is found in the pillar that holds the gate, with the gate positioned right above it. The motion is triggered by remote control. Once the button is pressed, it sets off a series of lever movements that then move the gate open. The opposite of those motions will close the gate.
A sliding system works like a garage door – the gate folds into a roll when the button is pressed. It requires a foundation track that runs across the pillars, and then rollers in the foundation track. The motor is usually installed out of view behind the pillars for security reasons. Once the trigger is hit on the remote control device, a motion triggers the rollers which then pull the gate either in or out.
What you should take into account when shopping for automated metal gates
There are all sorts of gates in the market so shopping might not be all that easy. Here are some pointers that can guide you to the right gate for you.
•How you want to communicate
Do you want to use CCTV or voice to communicate with a visitor? If you do, prepare a place to mount your camera or buzzer that is convenient, like near the front door or near the reception desk.
There are gates that you ca set to close automatically after you get in and there are those that require a manual trigger. The automatic ones are obviously better in terms of convenience but they are a bit more expensive. They are however important when you have children and pets, to prevent them from wandering out of the compound. They also reduce the possibility of someone accidentally leaving the door open.
How much privacy do you need? This affects the kind of gate that you buy. There are some automated iron gates that can be programmed to let through only one car, like if someone lives alone. If there will be many different cars however, you need a gate that allows them all through as soon as a button is pushed.
The world of automated gates is full of different designs. You might have to take some time to look through what is available before you make a decision. The best thing to do is to either contact a gate manufacturing company for a catalogue or look at different designs online.
As with all things automated, you want a gate that is not too sensitive to the elements. Your gate takes a lot of beating from the weather, but you don’t want a model that is easily affected and that requires frequent repairs. Go for something that is known for being sturdy.
How fast do you want your gate to open? The average one takes about 2 seconds which is okay if you are not in a high risk area. If you live in a place that’s high risk, you might want a gate that opens fast and closes fast. Note that snow can affect the speed at which your gate opens because of its weight. If there is a snowfall, sweep off the snow before you open the gate.
Most maintenance for automated metal gates requires greasing and checking up on the motor and electrical parts. Choose a gate that does nit require maintenance very often.