Key factors when considering electric gates

There are a number of things to think about before embarking on an electric gates project although a local BFT expert installer will be able to help you navigate through the various elements that you will need to consider.

The list below is not all encompassing but is designed to help you consider key aspects of your electric gate project before speaking to a BFT expert installer:

What is the primary reason for having an electric gate system?
What material do you want the gate made out of?
Do you have a view on the style and design of the gate?
What kind of motors do you want on your gate?
What kind of an intercom system will you want to have at the gate?
How many cars or people on foot will be coming through the gates each day?
Who will be able to use the system?


What is the primary reason for having an electric gate system?
If you are able to tell your installer the reasons you are doing this project, he will be able to make sure that the project meets your specific requirements.

What material do you want the gate made out of?
The prime materials are wrought iron, wood or a combination of both.  Wrought iron gates provide the greatest scope for ornamental design and wooden gates provide the greatest scope for privacy with a wide range of close boarded gate designs to chose from.  Aluminium has also been used but this material is generally more expensive.

Do you have a view on the style and design of the gate?
There are a vast array of different designs for both wrought iron and wooden gates.  However, a key question you have to ask yourself is how important is privacy?  If it is important, then you will need close boarded gates that people cannot see through.

What kind of motors do you want on your gate?
There are three basic types of motor; underground motors that cannot be seen, above ground motors (using either a RAM or articulated arm) and sliding gate motors.  A BFT expert installer will be able to advise you which type is most suitable for your particular project.

What kind of an intercom system will you want to have at the gate?
Do you want to speak to visitors before you let them in?  Do you want to see them as well hear them?  What happens if you are on holiday – do you want the intercom at you entrance to phone your mobile phone when you are not there?  All of these capabilities are possible.

How many cars or people on foot will be coming through the gates each day?
Do you want the vehicles leaving your property to automatically have the gate opened for them?

Who will be able to use the system?
Who will you give access to; either by giving them a transmitter or by giving them a special access code on your intercom?  How are you going to get your post?

No matter what your requirements are, a professional installer will be able to advise you on the possibilities and associated costs for your particular home project.  Click here to find a local BFT expert automation installer.