Consider Upgrading To An Automatic Gate12/07/2013 Back To Blog
A gate is a great thing to have as part of your property. Not only does it provide safety and security, but it looks great, as well. But in this day and age, the hassle of opening your gate manually, not to mention closing it, can be a real time-waster, even if you’re talking about a small, personal gate. These days, most residential gate installations are automated, so if you’ve got an older system, you should get with the times and upgrade. Here’s why;
Automatic gates are more reliable
Even though they have many more moving parts, they also have more failsafes features. The first thing to ask yourself is if your manual gate has the components needed for an upgrade. Dealing with intercom installation for example, will require a grounded electrical supply nearby. You also need to consider the type of material, the post depth, the distance from the house and driveway, and the driveway’s slope level. Once you have a good idea of what automatic functions your gate can support, it’s time to pick and choose those that you’re interested in.
What automated systems are best?
This is a difficult question to answer. Every home is different, and everyone has individual needs. A DoorKing intercom is a good place to start, and motorized openers are the next step up, though you’ll need some kind of code/key system as well as a well-lubricated gate – you may need hinge welding repair before you can get an opener installed. Just remember, when you get your system upgraded, you’ll need a more frequent maintenance, even if it’s only in the form of you visually checking your system for worn parts once or twice a month. You want to prevent a costly breakdown, and inspections are the best way to do that.