Your fence is an important part of the safety and security strategy for your property. A strong fence helps keep anyone in who needs to stay safely contained while also keeping out anyone who shouldn’t have access. Fences can also improve the privacy of your property as well. However, a good fence is only as good as its gate. After all, in order to control access to a property, the fence also has to have a way to grant access. This is where automatic gates come into the picture. When you automate the function of the gate, you make it a seamless process to let in those people who should have access but restrict those who should not. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for automatic gate installation.
Settle On Automation
Before you commit to an automatic gate, make sure it is what you really need and want. In some areas, there are regulations about the type of gate that you can have, so make sure that you are also checking with the property owners (if you rent) or the municipal government or HOA that controls your property location. There will also be many, many different options when it comes to automation, so make sure you spend time researching them to get the right one for your needs. Some have keypads, others use license plate recognition, others use a swipe card, and some others use an app on your phone.
Choose and Prepare the Location
Another important early choice you have to make is where the gate will go. In most cases, it will go across the already existing road or driveway. Sometimes, you may be installing that feature as well, so make sure that you’re choosing carefully. If you’re granting access with a gate, it needs to be in a location where that access makes sense and where it won’t be hindered by plant growth. This is especially important for an automatic gate since plant overgrowth that keeps the gate from opening correctly can eventually damage the motor.
Find the Gate and the Right Installer
If you’re having the gate installed as part of the fence installation, you may already have found the right installer. Either way, make sure before you start the project that they know you want an automatic gate and that they are comfortable helping you find the right one and install it correctly.
Test it Thoroughly
Once the gate is in, make sure that you test it thoroughly. Before the installer leaves, you should both test that the gate fully opens to allow access and fully shuts and locks without any issues. If your gate is operated from an app, make sure that you test it with multiple devices as well.
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Hercules Fence DC has been providing property owners with quality fences for over 50 years. We are well-equipped to meet your needs, whether they are residential or commercial. We have extensive experience working with families and pet owners to keep the most important members of their homes safe, so call us today about installing a new pet fence for your family. Contact us by giving us a call at 301-441-1600 or visiting us online. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Flickr.