Gates are a popular addition to the entryway of many Australian homes. They significantly increase the security of your property and they also enhance your home's kerb appeal. If you're adding new gates to your home's driveway, then you may be considering adding automatic gates to make it easier to open and close and eradicate the need to get out of your car and physically open and close the gate each time you enter or exit your property.
Automated opening systems can be added to virtually any style of gate. They can use a swing motion or slide into a recess alongside your fence. Whichever style you choose, here are two modern accessories that will enhance the performance and help you maintain the security of your new automatic gate.
1. Solar panels
Automated gates require power to operate and they're generally connected to your main electrical supply. This is great until you lose power during a storm or other type of power outage. A dedicated solar panel to power your gate is an excellent way to ensure constant power and the ability to open and close your gates.
You can opt for a solar panel that provides exclusive power to your gate or one that acts as a backup power source when the mains electricity is out of action. For a solely solar panel powered gate, a storage battery is a must so that your gates will operate during the night as well as throughout the day, even when it's not sunny.
2. An entry system
Automated gates will generally come with a set of remote controls that you can keep in your vehicles. However, it's also a good idea to have an entry system so that you can let guests in from your home or to allow tradespeople or contractors to enter when you're not home. A good entry system can provide this access without compromising on your home's security.
An audio or video intercom is a great way for guests to request access through your gates. Once you've ascertained who the visitor is, you can open the gates via a monitor and control panel in your home. A keypad access panel on the exterior side of your fence is also recommended. You can provide the code to anyone that needs to access your property, whether you're at home or not, and change the code as required to maintain security.