Electric Gates for Driveways

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4 Considerations When Choosing Electric Gates For Your Driveway

Electric gates are an ideal way to enhance the privacy of your home, secure your premises and provide an elegant public frontage to your house. The growth in demand for electric gates for driveways means that this is a perfect time to be installing them. There’s now a dizzying range of options, no matter the size, or shape of your driveway.

1st Choice Security Systems has been designing and installing bespoke driveway gates for well over a decade now. there are 4 questions we ask our clients to help them decide on the design that would best suit their home and answer any security concerns they may have.

1. Why Are You Fitting Electric Gates?

The more precise you can be in the response to this question, the clearer your design ideas will become. If you want gates to enhance the approach to your property, but you wish to retain your view, heritage wrought iron gates would be ideal. If privacy is a major concern, an elegant wooden driveway gate is reassuringly solid. Aluminium gates are light, durable and strong if security is your goal.

2. Swing or Slide?

It may be that this decision is out of your hands. A swing gate requires a driveway offering sufficient depth for it to pass through a 90° arc. One solution for a shallow driveway is to fit bi-folding gates that halve the depth of the arc. Alternatively, you could choose a sliding gate which opens laterally. This solves the problem of driveways that are on an incline. If you need gates for small driveways we can fit telescopic, or curving gates.

3. How Secure is Your Property?

Security gates are only doing their job if they’re providing a solution to a specific vulnerability. 1st Choice engineers are security experts and will provide detailed guidance on your home’s vulnerabilities. Having carried out an audit, we may recommend a door entry system – allowing you to identify visitors before granting access – or residential CCTV cameras.

4. What’s the Look?

Electric gates for driveways need to integrate with the aesthetic of your property. Wooden gates tend to reflect the traditional design of older houses, whilst cool aluminium offers a bright, contemporary feel. If you want design features integrated into your gates, such as a name, or a crest, we can do that. And of course, your gates can be finished in pretty much any colour you desire.

Working With 1st Choice Security Systems

The team at 1st Choice Security Systems knows how important it is to be able trust installers working in your home. That’s why all our engineers are DBS checked, SafeContractor approved, SSAIB approved, and we’re a DHF member. We work to the ISO2001-2015 standard. We offer maintenance packages for electric driveway gates, and if there’s a problem, or an emergency, we are available 24 hours.

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Considering electric gates for your driveway? Call 1st Choice Security Systems today to speak to one of our specialists – 0800 1182414.


  • 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