We find this to be a common question from home owners. The automation of the gates does not require planning permission however, if the gate is in addition to existing fencing which is over 1 metre high then planning permission may be required. In such situations it is always advisable to contact your Local Authority for further advice.
The third Gate Safety Conference took place on Wednesday 14th October 2015 in the West Midlands.
Attendees from numerous industry sectors including property management, gate, garage door and facility management visited the one day event hosted by ASO Safety Solutions.
The event took place during the DHF’s Powered Gate Group, Gate Safety Week and included guest speakers from across the industry addressing the ongoing issue of gate safety awareness.
We asked Lee Hilton, owner of Windlesham Gates, how reliable are automated gates?
"Automated gates can be incredibly reliable if they are maintained regularly. We recommend all automated gates should be maintained a minimum of every six months and more often if the gate is expected to get a high volume of use. We have customers who have had gates installed for over 10 years and the gates still perform exceptionally well, but they are maintained on a regular basis by our engineers."
Gate installers, designers and maintanance providers are being asked to consider recent safety advice issued by HSE's director of Field Operations.
The safety alert asks installers to fit extra safeguards in addition to limiting the closing forces of electric gates.
These are the things your installer needs to do if they are installing or modifying electrically powered gates at your property.
It is possible that your current gates can be converted to automatic gates but always ask for a site visit by a reputable installer to have a full assessment carried out. Your current gates will need to be able to withstand the automation system and a professional installer will be able to provide you with all options available to you.
If you are looking at having new electric gates installed then safety is paramount. To ensure your installation meets all safety guidelines then ensure your installers are members of the DHF Door Hardware Federation and Gate Safe. When the installation is complete ask your installers to provide full operating instructions, safety advice and demonstrate the correct way to operate the gates.