Automated gates no longer belong to the realm of luxury – today, they are affordable, convenient solutions that make entry and exit easier and that protect your home from burglars. Here are some tips to make it easier for you to choose from the wide array of products available:
- Entrance type – the two major types of automated gates are sliding gates and swinging gates. Sliding automated gates are your best choice if your driveway is sloping towards your building, if you have limited space available and if you require extra security;
- The style of your gate – automated gates come in solid panel versions as well as in versions made from wrought iron, multi-bar timber or steel. If privacy is important for you, your best choice is a solid gate, while if aesthetics take priority, you can choose one of the more ornamental options. The range of the colors and textures available with both major styles is very wide – you can choose classic hues, such as black, white, cream, brown or beige, but bolder colors are also available if you want to make a statement with your automated gate;
- Operating system and access control – in terms of operating systems, you can choose from quieter and more weather-resistant hydraulic systems and more economical, but somewhat noisier electro-mechanical systems. You have several choices when it comes to access control, the most common options being remote controls, key-operated systems and intercoms.