Enhancing Home and Business Security with Automatic Gates

  • 1 September 2023
  • The Gate Man
Enhancing Home and Business Security with Automatic Gates

In an age where security is of paramount concern, homeowners and businesses are constantly seeking ways to fortify their premises. One innovative solution that has gained significant traction in recent years is the installation of automatic gates. These sophisticated gate systems not only add convenience to daily life but also offer a wide array of security benefits. In this article, we will explore how automatic gates can significantly enhance security for both residential and commercial properties.

The Advantages and Types of Electric Gates

  • 29 August 2023
  • The Gate Man
Electric Gates - Windlesham Gates

In recent years, electric gates have become increasingly popular in both residential and commercial properties. These gates provide convenience, security, and aesthetic appeal to any property. In this blog post, we will explore the advantages of electric gates and delve into the different types available in the market.

Advantages of Electric Gates

1. Enhanced Security

Enjoy the Benefits of Aluminium Gates

  • 12 May 2022
  • The Gate Man

Quality gates are essential for managing access to industrial and commercial premises, as well as infrastructure, housing developments, and public spaces. When choosing the best option for you, consider the following factors: entrance size, security level, clearance for opening etc. And, of course, you must choose the gate's material.

Steel gates are favoured in high-security settings in all fields. However, there are some advantages to aluminium gates over steel gates that should be explored, as aluminium may be the best option for your purposes.

Electric gates cost guide

  • 4 April 2022
  • The Gate Man
Electric gates cost guide

Electric gates cost guide

Electric gates, also known as automatic gates, are a fantastic way to add a touch of class to any home or business. This status symbol can improve the security, privacy and accessibility of any location.

Whether you want to know the prices for parts, installation, maintenance, day-to-day running of electric gates, or even the average cost of electric gates, we have crunched the numbers for you.

In this article, we'll cover:

How much do electric gates cost

  • 31 January 2022
  • The Gate Man
Electric Gates

Electric gates, also known as automatic gates, are a fantastic way to add a touch of class to any home or business. This status symbol can improve the security, privacy and accessibility of any location. Whether you want to know the prices for parts, installation, maintenance, day-to-day running of electric gates, or even the average cost of electric gates, we have crunched the numbers for you. Before jumping into the costs – safety first We must highlight the importance of working with professionals who hold the legal standards of electric gate installation.

Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Automated Gates and Traffic Barriers.

  • 16 September 2020
  • The Gate Man

The DHF code of practice draws on applicable legislation, European standards, British standards and industry best practice to assist all those involved in the automated gate and barrier industry to meet their legal obligations by providing clear guidance on the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of automated gates and barriers.

Working with automated gates?

  • 16 September 2020
  • The Gate Man

Electricians are regularly called upon to complete an automated gate installation by handling the power connection, which activates the device.

In addition to this, there are frequent occasions where an electrician may be working on other projects within a site – either domestic or commercial - and is additionally tasked with the installation of a powered gate, putting him into the position of ‘the accidental installer’.

Wooden Gates - How is Accoya wood made?

  • 5 July 2018
  • The Gate Man

The technology behind Accoya® is based on wood acetylation, a process that has been studied by scientists for more than 90 years. The process alters the cell structure of wood, improving its technical properties and making it much stronger and more durable. Unmodified wood contains ‘free hydroxyl groups’ that absorb and release water as weather conditions change. This makes standard wood susceptible to expansion and contraction, particularly when used outdoors for applications such as cladding, window and door frames.

Driveway Gates – The Essential Guide

  • 13 April 2018
  • The Gate Man
Wooden Driveway Gates

The Driveway Gate, the entrance to your property and home – We often think of them as just a necessary fixture of our driveway, a humble continuation of the garden wall or fence and simply a point of access and exit. We forget that they can improve the visual appeal of a property by adding style and charm. The gate is often the first thing visitors see when they visit or pass your property and its appearance can reflect what lies beyond by giving a good or bad first impression.

Can I increase the height of my exisiting brick piers for larger electric gates?

  • 12 May 2017
  • The Gate Man

In most cases yes. If your exisitng brick work is in good condition and has been installed correctly it is possible to increase the height of your existing gate piers. Most gate installers will provide a free quotation to carry out the work and some will be able to provide all brickwork needed as part of the install.

Getting a good return on your investment

  • 30 March 2017
  • The Gate Man

There are a number of considerations you can make to ensure that you can get the best return on the investment in your new electric gates. Electric gates can certainly make a difference to the entrance of your home. Not only can they add to the value of your property, but they can improve security and privacy.

However, looking for the right electric gates for your property is not that easy. There are many factors you need to consider to ensure that you will be able to get the most from your investment investment. Below are several factors to consider.

Why install electric gates?

  • 17 March 2017
  • The Gate Man

Why install electric gates? This is probably one of the most common questions asked - so let’s start with the basics. Without a gate your property is easily accessed by unwanted callers - whether its sales calls, nosy neighbours or burglars looking for an easy opportunity. So a good gate will help deter unwanted visitors. But many of us have gates that we don't use - let’s face it jumping in and out of the car to open and close the gate soon becomes a chore. So we leave the gate open - it’s just easier. This is where the electric gate comes in.

Where can I get the latest health and safety guidelines for electric gate installation?

  • 22 February 2017
  • The Gate Man

The HSE website is a good source of information for electric gate health and safety standards. They cover topics that include 'Main Safety Requirements', information for gate installers, what to do if you think a gate is unsafe and where to get further information. Click here to visit the HSE website.

Would you recommend timber gates for a modern new build?

  • 16 December 2016
  • The Gate Man
Cedar Gates - Surrey

With the right design and choice of timber - wooden electric gates can still provide the perfect entrance to a modern property. These cedar gates with AES wireless video intercom were installed by Surrey based Windlesham Gates. The modern design and cedar panelling works well with the property's exterior  finish.

Which is better - Intercom, Keypad or Telephone Entry System?

  • 5 December 2016
  • The Gate Man

The Telephone Entry System (TES) is the most flexible system. A good TES system will give you the flexibility to use multiple phones with multiple access codes which can even be allocated to different time zones. So for instance if you have regular deliveries you can allow access to your electric gates within a certain time period for that specific person. With this system it is not necessary to purchase additional remotes or continuously change the access code.

What is Gate Safety Week?

  • 25 October 2016
  • The Gate Man
Gate Safety Week

Gate Safety Week has been set up by the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) Powered Gate Group to create awareness around the installation and maintenance of powered gates drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance.

The campaign is aimed to educate and inform both professional installers, industry contacts and the general public on the dangers centred around poorly installed and maintained powered gates, in addition to how to report an unsafe gate and what to look for.

Do I need planning permision to install electric gates for my property in London

  • 10 October 2016
  • The Gate Man

This is a very common question which has been answered in a previous post but to answer your question - the automation of the gates does not require planning permission however, if the gate is in addition to existing fencing which is over 1 metre high then planning permission may be required. In such situations it is always advisable to contact your Local Authority for further advice.

How do I choose the right installer for my electric gates?

  • 1 July 2016
  • The Gate Man

With a large number of companies providing electric gate installation, choosing the right one can seem daunting. Here are a few tips to help you make the right decision.

Make sure the installer is recognised and approved by trade bodies that ensure safety and quality are up to standard. These include CAME, BFT, GATE SAFE and DHF. These organisations are there to ensure that installers deliver quality work that meets strict safety regulations. Approvals will often be displayed on websites but if in doubt check with the installer.

How do I know which wooden electric gates would suit my property?

  • 8 June 2016
  • The Gate Man

Most major gate installers provide a photo editing service where you can send them a photo of your driveway and they will provide you with an image back with your selected wooden electric gates in place. They will often request you take a head-on photo of the driveway so the gates can be easily added. This service  is often provided free of charge butyou should check before proceeding.