The 5 Things You Must Consider When Buying Automated Gates


Wanting the convenience and better security from having automatic gates has finally made you decide to buy one for your residence or commercial building; but hastily buying one might do more harm than good. With the array of types, designs, materials, and other features to choose from, it can get pretty confusing. When buying automated gates, there are five things you must consider:


1. How Much Space Do You Have?


The amount of space you have in your pathway can determine what type of automated gate you should acquire. Mismatching the type of gate with the available space can cause blocking, traffic, and even minor/major collisions.


With clear pathway space 

If the area has ample space between the gate and the rest of the pathway, without the risk of obstructing people or vehicles, then a swing gate shouldn’t be a problem.


With narrow pathway but wide side space

If the pathway doesn’t have enough space for a swing gate, but has enough space at the sides, then a sliding gate is more suited.


With limited pathway and side space.

If the path is too narrow and close on the other side, then a folding gate is suitable for the area. This type of gate is a popular choice for modernly designed residential areas with limited space.


2. Where Will Your Gates Be Installed?


The gate should be installed where it can avoid colliding with vehicles, machines, and people.


It’s easier to plot its location on flat areas, but on other terrains it should be located at the foot or on top of the slope. You also need to take into consideration if there will be a security post, communication devices, and other machines that will be installed at the entrance/exit that will take space.


Being smart with where the gate will be installed can save you the trouble from possible accidents and even breakdowns. It’s best to set up the gate where it can open and close without disrupting the property and its guests.


3. What Kind Of Materials Do You Prefer?


Gates weigh and last differently depending on the material used. If the gate will be installed outdoors, or will be exposed to a humid environment, the gate can become prone to rusting.


Gates that will face heavy vehicles and machines will need to be strong enough to withstand possible impacts. Iron and steel are common amongst old houses and factories since the material is heavy, sturdy, and malleable.


For outdoor usage, aluminium gates are highly recommended since the material is strong, easily malleable for any designs, and can be free from rot and rust brought by rain. Its main difference with iron is that it is much lighter and easier  to maintain.


If the area needs extra security, the gate should be made from thick and opaque material. For buildings that welcome frequent visitors an openly designed gate is recommended. Depending on how the area will be designed, the gate can have a combination of aluminium and wood for added artistic value.


4. What Kind Of Gate Motors Should You Pick?


First, the movement of a swing gate, a sliding gate, and a folding gate are different, therefore the motors and arms used will also be different. Second, the type of motor you should choose also depends on the frequency of its usage. Lastly, the motor needs to be strong enough to carry or move the weight of the gate.


Here are some types of motors to start your perusal


  • Hydraulic Ram – (for swing and folding gates) with a movement of push and pull piston while mounted on the gate, it has an extending piston to open the gate.


  • Underground Gate Motors – installed inside the housing or the gate for near zero visibility, and has its arms located on its underside.


  • Articulated Arm – for gates with wide pillars, this is often used since it is a jointed two-piece arm, which can either fold inwards or outwards.


  • Sliding System – Gate rollers are installed under the gate for smooth sliding motion. It often comes in a set along with a stopper and a rail track.


5. How Will You Properly Maintain Your Gate? 


Purchasing a gate or installing a motor can be easy. However, if left on its own, it can be highly prone to rust and damages that could hinder access and security. It is recommended to have the gate checked regularly. It can be quarterly, annually, or however you see fit. It’s less expensive and time consuming to have the gate maintained rather than to have it fixed when the problem is prolonged and more parts and faults arise.


Trusted brands like Enforce Automatics offer 24//7 support with a professionally trained team complete with proper equipment to provide the necessary maintenance. With the extensive experience in the automation industry, our team can foresee and address potential issues the user may experience. We also provide consultation services for custom builds to meet your property’s requirements. Go to or visit our social media pages in Facebook and Instagram for updates and promos.

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