Properties in high prime areas are often protected by automated gates for security purposes. They are highly popular among various niches in the market.
Electric gates are preferred more by big businessmen or those with properties valuing more than a million dollars. A typical electric gate can be controlled with the help of a remote control, fingerprint or a special keypad. Fundamentally, there are three types of electric gates that are available:
These gates are heavy and thus they are operated for their movements with the help of a powerful motor. Once the motor is activated with the help of a switch or a button, it releases a lot of energy enough to push or pull the gate. In order to protect from trespassing, thefts and dreaded weather conditions, these gates are typically made of wrought iron which increases their weight considerably. Also, to install such gates the driveway must be big enough to provide space, even when the gates are open.
- Folding type
To provide a more compact solution to the swing type gates, the folding types are employed where the driveway size is not too big. It consists of sheets of metals hinged together so as to enable an expansion or a contraction action when it is activated. Once the vehicle has entered, the sheets expand to form the protective barrier and even this is operated with the help of electricity. These gates, as a result, occupy lesser space in the opening and closure than the swing type. Also, to reduce the weight further aluminum is preferred for its fabrication.
- Sliding type
Unlike the other two, they do not swing open or close. Instead, they are fitted with small wheels on their underside which can be operated by a pulley and chain system. The gates are attached strongly to a platform and the wheels sit on a metal groove. In some places, these gates are also controlled by remote control and motors instead of hand pulling the pulley. They are more preferred for houses with extremely small driveways and generally are comprised of wood and aluminum. Electric gates are extremely useful to protect the security and convenience to largely valuable properties. Also, they are being increasingly used even by smaller houses due to their ease
of availability and lesser price. Modern gates come with automatic gate openers which are basically a set of motion sensors that recognize the vehicles as they land up on the driveway. They can be built to fit the sizes of any driveway and it is extremely difficult to trespass them unless the code is known or the remote is acquired.
- Sliding type