Installing Electric Gates

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The luxurious ease of gates that open automatically to welcome you home at the end of the day may feel very 21st century. But, in fact, we have the 19th century railways to thank for the mechanism, now adapted to homes, workplaces and schools. The adaptability of this simple but hugely effective automation has been key to their survival, and installing electric gates is now hugely popular for homes and workplaces. In this blog we look at some key considerations when having automatic gates fitted.

How do Electric Gates Work?

A motor drives your electric gate mechanism, and this can be installed underground, as an articulated arm, or inside your gate post. Sensors operate as a safety device, ensuring that the area is clear before allowing the gate to swing, or slide open. Electric gates can also provide a secure front line for residential, or commercial properties, by integrating a door entry system, access control or CCTV cameras.

What Kinds of Electric Gates are Available?

Just about any kind of electric gates you can imagine, can now be installed. The growth in demand for automatic driveway gates has led to an explosion in design and custom features. Our 1st Choice engineers can help with the decision making process by going through the key options we offer:

1. Made-to-Measure Gates

Very few of our commercial or residential clients have standard sized driveways, and for this reason we create made-to-measure gates. These are accurately fitted, which makes them more secure. They also offers a clear delineation between your property, or premises, and public space. This is important for semi-open sites such as schools, but it also maintains the privacy of family homes.

2. How Will Your Gates Open?

The choice on offer is between swing gates and slide gates, but the way these work can be tailored dependent on your driveway. A swing gate requires a depth of drive to allow for its arc. Where this isn’t available, we can create folding gates to solve the problem. If your driveway is on an incline the sliding gate is an ideal solution. For very small driveways we can design telescopic sliding gates that elegantly fold in on themselves when opening.

3. What Will Your Electric Gates be Made of?

Your choice of material needs to fulfil two criteria; electric gates should meet your aesthetic requirements, and provide durability. Residential driveway gates tend to match the frontage of the property. Workplace gates are more concerned with the security function. The materials we work with include wood, wrought iron, steel and aluminium.

Electric Gates Maintenance

Electric gates are at the mercy of rain, sun, wind, ice and snow. For this reason they need to be regularly maintained. 1st Choice offers a tailored automatic gates maintenance package which takes into account the gate’s function, positioning, and volume of usage. We include emergency gate repairs which means that should your gates break down, night or day, we’ll repair them for you promptly.

About 1st Choice Security Systems

1st Choice Security Systems knows how important it is to be able trust installers installing electric gates. 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.

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Would you like to talk to a 1st Choice Security Systems engineer about installing electric gates? Call us today on 0800 1182414.


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

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