Installing Electric Gates

Installing Electric Gates

Installing Electric Gates

Comprehensive Electric Gate Installation Services From 1st Choice

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. Automated gates are now hugely popular and in this blog we look at a range of considerations when installing electric gates.


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 systemaccess 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 offer 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. Swing or Sliding Electric Gates

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. A Range of Materials

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.


Installing Electric Gates FAQs

Is Planning Permission Required for Installing Electric Gates?

It’s not easy to give a straight answer to this, as it depends on the age, location, and local planning regulations. 1st Choice engineers will be able to advise on this, based on their experience, but it is always worth contacting your local council for detailed guidance.

Is it Advisable to Include CCTV in Gate Installation?

1st Choice offers free security audits as part of our initial site survey. This allows us to identify any existing security risks and suggest solutions in our subsequent report. Often, we do include CCTV cameras when installing security gates as they are an excellent deterrent to opportunist criminals. You may also wish is install a door entry system which allows you to identify unexpected visitors before offering access to your property.

Where Does 1st Choice Install Electric Gates?

We have teams of gate installers working in North London, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire.

Is It Possible to DIY Electric Gate Installation?

It is possible to install electric gates if you are a confident DIYer. However, we would always recommend professional installation. There are very few standard driveways, which means that automatic gate kits tend not to fit particularly well. Unless they fit well, they’re not offering proper protection to your property.

1st Choice electric gates are tailor made to the environment in which they are installed.

Can I Create My Own Design for Electric Gates?

Yes, certainly. We can incorporate the name of your property, school or add your logo when installing electric gates. Alternatively, you can provide a complete design, and we will be happy to work with it.


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

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