Gate Openers: Too Many Options!12/07/2013 Back To Blog
When it comes to picking an automatic opener for your gate, homeowners are often overwhelmed by the choices. How is the system going to open, with a piston, or a reticulating arm? Is it going to be hooked up to your home’s power grid, or will it be solar-powered? How will it be opened? Here, the choices seem endless. Keypad? Remote control? Card reader? Intercom? Retina scanner? Then there are the different brands. What’s the difference between a DoorKing intercom and a Linear intercom? Here’s how to narrow down your options;
First, examine your environment
Your home is going to determine many of these factors are important for you. For example, in a narrow driveway without a lot of space, or more than a gentle slope, you’re going to need a non-swing gate – one that’s set on rollers and opens on a rail. Swing gates may look nice, but they need a lot of space to operate. Something you hadn’t considered before – like your driveway being too close to the road – can put a damper on your plans to get a two-panel swing gate.
Another factor that can help you answer the power question is your home’s electrical situation. For many homes, it’s impractical to provide AC power to an outdoor station, which means solar is the way to go. If you’re lucky enough to be wired for external, long-term usage, AC is the way to go, but an opener needs a buried, dedicated line, not an extension cord that runs out from your garage. Solar might be your best bet; it’s also the easiest when it comes to maintenance service.
Consider the little things
When it comes how the gate is going to open, again, consider your situation. For a home with a lot of guests, intercom installation might be easiest. If you run a company with a lot of employees, you need to know exactly who is coming and going, which is why a key swipe system is best. It all depends on your specific case so it is recommended to consult with an experienced gate service before you spend the big bucks on a gate that will not bring the results you were looking for.