With changes in society there has been a shift in thinking about automatic gate entry systems.  What once was a luxury is now becoming mainstream for the multitude of benefits provided to homeowners and business alike.  With the advancements in technology and the need for greater security people are relying on electronic entrance gates and fences more than ever.

The purchase of automatic gate system is a major investment.  Before purchasing and installing an electronic gate homeowners should look into the systems available as well as the space it is to be installed.  Consider the following questions when looking into the purchase of a new automatic gate.

Why should homeowners consider purchasing and installing gates?

When it comes to deterring trespasser and thief’s gate and fence systems are effective.  Not only do they help to keep unwanted visitors out but also work well to keep small children and pets in the boundaries of your yard. A gate is perfect for homes with extra-long driveways as well.  Even though it may be easily bi-passed without a fence attached, a closed automatic gate gives the subliminal message to keep out where as an open fence says “welcome”.

Many people question why an automatic gate is any better than a manual gate.  The answer to me is clear.  With a manual gate you have the inconvenience of exiting the car each and every time you wish to close the gate.  Naturally this inconvenience will leave many homeowners leaving their gate open therefore losing the security that the gate is to provide. An automatic gate and the ease of use it provides will lead to better security for your home and family. Also, automatic gates lock immediately upon closing.

To power your automatic gate you have a few options.  You can choose to use pure solar energy, a combination of solar and electrical power or straight electricity.  The power supply is located within the same vicinity as the fence and should only be installed by a gate contractor that is knowledgeable and trained in installation techniques.

The choice in how the gate opens is another thing to consider.  This most often comes down to the property in which the gate is to be installed.  Sliding gate work well on most driveways whereas swing gates need a flat driveway to work.  Overall sliding gates, in my opinion, tend to be the better option as far as function, ease of use and safety.  Swing gates however are most often a more attractive option.

Another thing to consider is the access control entry system you would like for your gate. Remote entry is the most convenient however not practical for visitors and people wishing to gain access.  There are several ways around this.  A key code pad can be installed and known visitors can have their own codes to enter the property.  This will help you keep track of who is on the property when you are not home. Another option is a call box in which visitors must be let in by the homeowners using remote access. There are several options to consider in regards to access control systems to choose from.

Overall you can see the many benefits for having an automatic gate installed.  Obviously top priority is the safety and security of your family.  A gate and fence system keep wanted people and pets in and unwanted visitors out.