Automatic Driveway Gate Systems

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Bespoke Automatic Driveway Gate Systems From 1st Choice

Looking to enhance the value of your home? Automatic driveway gate systems are an obvious choice. They offer control over who enters your property; are a great way to keep kids and pets from running into the road; and they can be styled to match your home’s exterior. In order to design bespoke automatic driveway gates, there are 5 questions 1st Choice engineers ask to ensure the perfect system for our customers.

1. How Will Your Automatic Driveway Gates be Used?

Engineers need to know who will use the gates and how many times a day they’ll be operated. Usage volume allows us to select the right kind of motor for your gates. Knowing who’ll use the gate allows us to design tailored access control. 1st Choice can create a bespoke access system integrating a remote transmitter, smartphone controls, and an entry phone (audio or visual).

2. How Will You Manage Visitors?

Your automatic gates offer a perfect way to manage unexpected visitors to your property. People can be identified and then admitted or not. But what about all your other visitors? 1st Choice will discuss with how to make the system accessible for trusted visitors, whilst maintaining it as a secure perimeter for others. A popular solution is to include a pedestrian gate in the design, controlled by a keypad, that would be accessible to tradesmen, friends and regular visitors.

3. What are the Dimensions of Your Driveway?

There’s no such thing as a standard driveway and it’s rare that 1st Choice engineers get to design for a challenge-free location. Most of the automatic driveway gates we install are adapted to deal with an incline, small driveways, or shallow access. Dependent on the width and depth of your driveway, we’ll suggest one of the following designs:

  • Swing Gates. For driveways with the depth to accommodate the gate’s arc
  • Sliding Gates. Ideal for driveways with sufficient lateral space to allow the gates to clear the opening
  • Bi-fold Gates. These are swing gates that are cut on half vertically to halve the span of the arc
  • Telescopic Gates. The gate is split into sections that overlap as they slide to open
  • Corner Sliders. Gates made up of multiple vertical panels are designed to follow a curved track in order to follow the perimeter of a well

4. What Will Your Gates Look Like?

Automatic gates for driveways can be designed in a range of colours, textures, shapes and materials. Our engineers work with homeowners to match gates to the property, and create the right kind of impact for visitors. We have designed gates using wood, steel, wrought iron and aluminium. Whatever we create, it’ll be in keeping with the styling you decide is right for your home.

5. Who Will Maintain Your Gates?

At handover your gates will be working at peak condition. In order to keep them that way they’ll need to be regularly maintained. Because automatic driveway gates systems are installed externally, they’re subject to extreme weather conditions. 1st Choice maintenance engineers can schedule regular checks to ensure that your system works perfectly at all times. And if you do encounter a problem, we can be contacted 24/7.

Working With 1st Choice Security Systems

1st Choice Security Systems knows how important it is to be able trust installers working in your home. All our engineers are DBS checked, SafeContractor approved, SSAIB approved, and we’re a DHF member. We work to the ISO2001-2015 standard. Should you need us in an emergency, we are available 24 hours.

Would you like to speak to a 1st Choice engineer about bespoke automatic gates for your driveway? Call us today on 0800 118 2414


  • 1st Choice Security Systems - The quality is top rate and the gate looks fantastic, excellent customer service. Thank youRebecca Perks

  • 1st Choice Security Systems - When I was looking for a state of the art security solution for my house, I was provided with an in-depth site survey & Consultation (Free of charge) before being given a fantastic service. I am very impressed and would highly recommend.Dev Patel