What Is Gate Automation And Why You Need It

Automated gates have always been popular on commercial buildings, but their popularity with residential homes is certainly on the rise. But what is gate automation and why should you consider it for your home?

What is gate automation?

At its simplest, gate automation replaces the need to manually open and close a gate. The function is instead performed by electric motors or hydraulic systems.

Opening and closing the gate is usually done using sensors that trigger when a person or a vehicle is near, or by pressing a remote. Other technologies, such as intercoms or video doorbells, can also be installed as part of the gate, so that visitors can request access from the house.

While automated gates are often built and installed brand new, the automated technology can also be added to pre-existing gates. This will depend on the type and condition of the original gate, and what automated options are best suited for it.

How much does an automated gate cost?

It’s difficult to give an exact cost for an automated gate. Not only are there a variety of options available, but every home will have different needs when it comes to installation, aesthetics, and add-ons.

A brand-new gate with automation can start at around $2000, while adding automation to an existing gate can be expected to cost upwards of $700.

We recommend putting together a list of what you’d like from your automated gate – including how you’d like it to move, what you’d like it to look like, and what other technology you’d like alongside the automation. This gives any professionals you reach out to plenty of information to help them with quotes and costings.

Why do you need gate automation?

Some of the important advantages of gate automation include:

Improved safety and security

Automated gates effectively limit access to your property, making them a great way to ensure you and yours stay safe, while keeping unwanted guests out. They’re a fantastic option for families with children or pets, allowing them to play safely on the driveway or in the front yard. Gate automation is also good for people who work odd hours, making it so they don’t have to get out their car late at night to open a traditional access gate.

The gates themselves are also very safe to use. Automated gates have various forms of failsafe technology installed to ensure that both people and vehicles can enter and exit safely, without the risk of the gate closing on them.

Convenience

There’s no denying that there’s an appeal to how convenient an automated gate can be. No more getting out of the car in the rain to open a gate, or rushing to close it if a child or pet starts running for the road!

Improved accessibility – for you, of course!

Gate automation can be hugely beneficial for people with accessibility and mobility issues. Automating a gate and removing the need to get in and out of a car, or to have to leave the house to open a gate to guests can help improve accessibility and independence for someone who might otherwise struggle.

Gate automation can also be combined with other technologies to make the home even easier to manage – for example, video doorbells or tailored security systems.

Money, money, money

Great security and beautiful kerb appeal are a surefire way to make your home attractive to prospective buyers, meaning there’s potential to add value to your home by installing one.
And because that security makes your home LESS attractive to potential thieves, you might find your insurance rates turn out a little lower, potentially saving you a little money in the future.

So, what next?

If you’re looking for an automated gate, the FenceCorp team are ready to help! To get you started, take a look at our gallery for inspiration, or reach out to us to get the ball rolling.

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