Our Gate Automation Blog
So you’ve made the decision that you want some extra security for your home or business or you simply want to make your life easier by not having to get out of your car to open the gates! But how do you go about it?
Do you want to install your own electric gates?
Are you are considering installing your own electric gates but are not sure how straightforward it is? Or would simply like a few tips?
A good starting place is to consider a few key questions..
Is the installer competent?
Unless you have previous installation experience then for the majority of electric gate kits, it is recommended that you use a professional installer. However, if you don’t want to go down this route, then DIY electric gate kits are a great alternative.
The Mhouse range of electric gate kits are a fantastic range of great value, easy to fit and more importantly, safe Do It Yourself Gate Kits that do not require an installer to fit them. The easy wiring with polarity free connections and colour coded terminals using just 2 wires mean that automating a gate couldn’t be simpler. The auto programming feature means that the most suitable opening parameters are automatically calculated.
Electric gates offer a number of benefits and it’s easy to see why there has been a big increase in popularity over the last few years. They offer security, convenience (no more getting out of the car to open the gates!), practicality and also an element of status.
So once you’ve made the decision to install some electric gates for the first time, you then need to decide whether to choose swing or sliding gates?
Where to start? In some cases, the choice can sometimes be taken out of your hands to a certain extent. When making your decision you really need to consider the location of the entrance and the environment around it. As well as having your own visions of what you want the gate to look like aesthetically.
Here’s a quick review of some of the pro’s and con’s of both swing and sliding gates to help you make your decision......
It is a legal obligation to ensure your electric gate is safe.
We strongly recommend
that you get your electric gate automation fitted by an experienced and
While some safety features are included as part of the gate automation kit, there are variety of safety products that can be added to ensure your gate complies with legislation. A risk assessment to identify potential hazards should be done prior to choosing your electric gate kit.
Now that you’ve narrowed your search criteria for an electric gate kit for your automatic gates, you need to know the following information:
What is the weight of the each gate leaf?
Some tips that may help you to estimate the weight are: How old is the gate? E.g. older metal gates tend to be made with a solid metal bar, newer metal gates tend to be hollow and so, lighter, wrought iron tend to be heavy so might be worth using hydraulics.
If you’re unsure, it’s can be worth using a kit which is over spec.
Consider the type of gate kit you are thinking of using i.e. underground or aboveground as underground kits tend to be suitable for heavier gates than aboveground kit.
If this is the first time you have looked into installing electric gates then you may be wondering where on earth to start!
An electric gate kit contains the key components to automate an electric gate but you also have the option to add extra accessories such as access control equipment, intercoms and gate safety accessories which means you can make the kit bespoke to you and your gate. Sounds simple?
When you start looking at which kit to buy, it may seem like there are a huge amount of gate kits which all look very similar and which can be confusing.
So as a starting point, you may wish to consider some initial points about the location where the gate will be fitted and what the gates main purpose will be?
Did you know that you can also use your mobile phone as an intercom? Installing a GSM wireless intercom means that you can answer the intercom and open your gate when you are not home giving the appearance that you are at home when you are not. The obvious benefits to this are added security to your property while you are out as the intercom provides 24 hour security. Using a GSM intercom means you can open the gate to grant access to your property using your phone which can be great for receiving deliveries while you’re not there.