Rural Fences: Livestock, Vermin, Repairs, Expenses and More

Rural Fences: Livestock, Vermin, Repairs, Expenses and More

Factors To Consider When Buying Automatic Gates

by Connor Peters

Automatic gates have electric motors that enable them to open and close without any manual effort. You can easily control these gates from the comfort of your car or from a distance. The gate opens automatically through the aid of a transmitter and sends a message to the gate's receiver, which processes commands to open and close the gate. 

Many households and businesses use automatic gates for maximum security. If you're thinking of investing in automatic gates, here are some tips to help you choose the right gate for your home.

How Will the Gates Be Used?

The first thing you need to consider is how the gates will be used. You need to think about how often the gates will be accessed. For example, your household may only access the gates for exit and entry a few times a day. Commercial property will be busier and requires gates with different requirements, especially if access is required when there's no one present at the property.

How frequently the gate is used will affect the motor and access system required. A hydraulic motor system is quiet and has a strong resistance to the wind when compared to other systems. 

It also lasts longer and is more expensive than most other types. If the gate isn't opened and closed frequently, you may not be concerned about wind and noise. In this case, you can choose an electro-mechanical system. 

For access control, there are different options to choose from. You can opt for key-operated switches, voice and video intercoms, or digital pads. Ask a professional for guidance on the appropriate motor and access system for your needs.

Which Is the Best Style?

The type of gate you choose should be based on the style of your home and your specific needs. For example, if you're concerned about aesthetics, choose decorative gates like steel gates or wrought iron. If you're looking for privacy, you can opt for a solid gate.

The most popular options are sliding and swinging gates. Sliding gates come with either a single or double gate. The swinging gates have rising hinges to allow your gate to be easily open on a slope. Other options include solar-powered gates and gates that come with smartphone applications to allow you to interact with visitors using an intercom.

Emergency Protocols and Safety

When installing automatic gates, you need to think about emergency protocols and safety procedures. For example, how would you operate the gates if there's a power outage or system failure? Make sure you purchase gates with emergency manual overrides.

Another major concern when buying automatic gates is safety. While it's important to check whether the entrance is clear before opening or closing the gate, your gates should have safety beams that detect hindrances, such as people or vehicles. This will prevent the gates from opening or closing until the area is clear. 


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Rural Fences: Livestock, Vermin, Repairs, Expenses and More

Fencing in a rural setting has to fill a lot more functions than a fence around a residential home. It has to keep your livestock, one of your biggest annual assets, safe. It also has to keep out vermin and possibly be electrified. Thanks to the sheer abundance of fencing on many rural properties, fence installation, upkeep, repair and replacement can also be expensive. Luckily, if you want tips on what you need or how to make it more affordable, I am here to help. Hi, my name is Nicki, and I love living out in the country. I also love writing so decided to put my knowledge about fences to use in this space.