In most cases yes. If your exisitng brick work is in good condition and has been installed correctly it is possible to increase the height of your existing gate piers. Most gate installers will provide a free quotation to carry out the work and some will be able to provide all brickwork needed as part of the install.
There are a number of considerations you can make to ensure that you can get the best return on the investment in your new electric gates. Electric gates can certainly make a difference to the entrance of your home. Not only can they add to the value of your property, but they can improve security and privacy.
However, looking for the right electric gates for your property is not that easy. There are many factors you need to consider to ensure that you will be able to get the most from your investment investment. Below are several factors to consider.
Why install electric gates? This is probably one of the most common questions asked - so let’s start with the basics. Without a gate your property is easily accessed by unwanted callers - whether its sales calls, nosy neighbours or burglars looking for an easy opportunity. So a good gate will help deter unwanted visitors. But many of us have gates that we don't use - let’s face it jumping in and out of the car to open and close the gate soon becomes a chore. So we leave the gate open - it’s just easier. This is where the electric gate comes in.
The HSE website is a good source of information for electric gate health and safety standards. They cover topics that include 'Main Safety Requirements', information for gate installers, what to do if you think a gate is unsafe and where to get further information. Click here to visit the HSE website.
With the right design and choice of timber - wooden electric gates can still provide the perfect entrance to a modern property. These cedar gates with AES wireless video intercom were installed by Surrey based Windlesham Gates. The modern design and cedar panelling works well with the property's exterior finish.
With a large number of companies providing electric gate installation, choosing the right one can seem daunting. Here are a few tips to help you make the right decision.
Make sure the installer is recognised and approved by trade bodies that ensure safety and quality are up to standard. These include CAME, BFT, GATE SAFE and DHF. These organisations are there to ensure that installers deliver quality work that meets strict safety regulations. Approvals will often be displayed on websites but if in doubt check with the installer.
GSM Gate Openers allow you to open gates, doors, shutters and barriers through your mobile phone. You can simply dial a number to open your gates.
If you have a driveway that slopes upwards this could restrict larger swing gates opening inwards, therefore sliding gates would be your best option. As an alternative you could install rising hinges to automatic swing gates which would then raise the gates as they opened.
This is definitely not something we would recommend. Electric gate installations should be carried out by professional engineers who are experienced and are registered CAME approved installers.
Electric gates alone cannot guarantee a completely secure environment, but used in combination with further security measures will act as a deterrent to potential intruders. Some of these additional measures may include electronic keycard and keypad entry, security cameras or even a security guard.
Professionally installed electric gates will serve to provide additional security for any property together with the privacy sought by most home owners.
The cost of installing electric gates at your property can vary greatly. Your choice in the material used i.e. wrought iron or hardwood and the design of your gate all impact on the cost. The average costs for automated gates can be in the region of £6,000.00 to £9,000.00.
Features such as brick piers usually start at a cost of £1900.00 plus VAT. Many people also find intercom systems a beneficial extra to automated gates. The intercoms vary from GSM to wireless or audio visual systems, with prices ranging from £500.00 to £1800.00 plus VAT.
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.
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.