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Choosing an Electric Gate Kit

Some tips that may help you to estimate the weight are: How old is the gate? Older metal gates tend to be made with a solid metal bar, newer metal gates tend to be hollow and so, lighter, wrought iron tend to be heavy so might be worth using hydraulics.

Choosing an Electric Gate Kit
Now that you’ve narrowed your search criteria for an electric gate kit for your automatic gates, you need to know the following information:

What is the weight of the each gate leaf?

Some tips that may help you to estimate the weight are:

How old is the gate? E.g. older metal gates tend to be made with a solid metal bar, newer metal gates tend to be hollow and so, lighter, wrought iron tend to be heavy so might be worth using hydraulics.

If you’re unsure, it’s can be worth using a kit which is over spec.

Consider the type of gate kit you are thinking of using i.e. underground or aboveground as underground kits tend to be suitable for heavier gates than aboveground kit.

What is the length (in metres) of each gate leaf?

Sliding Gates: Do you have enough unobstructed space for a sliding gate to travel fully back?

To calculate the space required to fit a sliding gate, you need to double the length of the gate and add a bit of extra length for the size of the gate motor which will fit at the end of the gate

A guideline calculation to work out the travel distance for Cantilever gates is: Opening x 30% + 1 metre

Swing gates: you need to make sure that the length of each leaf can open without obstruction and still allow for cars to park and manoeuvre without being in the way of the gates.

Other points to consider before choosing an electric gate kit:

  1. How will you power the gate?
  2. What ground work is required?

You can either power from your mains powers or use solar power.

Mains power

Where is the nearest mains power?

You will need to use an armoured cable to take the power to the gate and bear in mind that it is likely that your drive or entrance will have to be dug up to lay the service cables.

We recommend that you use a competent installer to fit this.

Solar power

Solar power is the other alternative. We stock the Nice Solemyo SYKCE Solar power kit which is compatible with Nice automation kits. However it is not possible to add intercoms, keypads and safety devices to a gate powered from solar due to the extra usage that these devices take.

Usage guidelines for solar power:

Winter – 6-8 operations per day

Summer 15-16 operations per day

The amount of ground work that will need to be done to the surrounding area will depend on the type of gate and automation kit being fitted i.e. foundation boxes for underground motors or running conduit across the drive for cables. One way to potentially avoid this is to use an above ground system and wireless devices.

Please call our technical team on 0113 201 6677 if you need further advice.

06 April 2018