If you've decided to install an automatic gate at the end of your driveway, then you should think about how the gate closes. While many people opt to install a gate that they close themselves, say with a remote, others go for self-closing options.
How do these gates work and what are their advantages?
How Do Self-Closing Automatic Gates Work?
Different automatic gates work in different ways. For example, you use a remote to open and close some gates. You use the remote as you approach the gate to open it. You then use it again to close the gate once you've driven through.
Self-closing gates simplify this process. So, while you might need a remote to open the gate, the gate will close itself once you've driven through and onto your driveway. You don't need to use the remote again.
These gates usually work on a sensor and/or timed system. For example, a sensor might register when a vehicle has passed through the gate. It then makes the gate close automatically. Sometimes, sensor systems have a timing backup to allow vehicles to move right out of the way. They close after a specific amount of time.
What Are the Benefits of Self-Closing Automatic Gates?
While an automatic gate enhances your home security, it is only really effective if you remember to close it. You might simply forget to do this once you go through your gate. Or, if you don't point your remote in exactly the right direction, the gate might not always close when you think it will.
Plus, delivery companies or tradies might not be able to close your gate. If you open the gate for them remotely, then they can't close it when they leave. Again, you might not remember to do this in a timely manner.
An open gate is a security weak spot. It can also be a problem if you have children or pets. You can't keep your family or pets safe at home if they can get out of a gate that somebody forgot to close. They could be out in the street in just a few seconds without you realising that they have gone.
If you buy a self-closing gate, then you don't have these problems. The gate will automatically close itself after a vehicle has passed through it or after a set period of time. Your home will be more secure, and you won't have to worry about keeping your children or pets on your property.
To find out more about self-closing systems and other useful gate features, talk to automatic gates companies.