If you've taken the first step to install an automatic gate, you're on the path towards properly securing your home. Automatic gates provide durability and convenience while keeping you and your family safe. These gates are also highly customisable, as you can use many different materials for your home. For example, automatic gates can be made from hardwood, engineered hardwood, chain links, aluminium and even stainless steel.
After you have the fence in place, the next step is to determine how you'll be opening and closing it. Being automatic, you have many different options for the locking system. Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Wireless keypad
A wireless keypad is an excellent option for your automatic gates. Not only is it easy to install, but it also gives you advanced security options for the home. For example, you can frequently re-program a wireless keypad with different codes that unlock the automatic gate.
Once a proper code is inserted, the gate will unlock and automatically open to allow for entry into your premises. In this way, you can adjust security settings in real time and in response to what is happening at the moment. And because you don't have to rely on physical keys, you don't have to worry about your keys getting lost.
Wireless keypads also blend well with wooden gates that are infused with steel panels.
2. Smart locks
You can take the wireless keypad concept even further by installing smart locks. Smart locks come in many different designs, but they can all be operated remotely. They work well for large homes that have the gate far off from the main door. Along with security cameras, smart locks allow you to remotely view who's at the gate and to open it even if you're not at home.
A smart lock can be as simple as a dead bolt that has been programmed with a chip to send and receive signals (electronically or via radio waves). Many different types of gates work well with smart locks. From aluminium fences to opaque wooden designs, smart locks offer a discrete and effective locking mechanism for automatic gates.
3. Keycard entry
If you like the concept of having a sort of key, consider keycard entry for your automatic gates. Keycard entry works similar to many hotel rooms by unlocking the gate through use of a specially programmed card.
All you need to do is tap the card near the sensor on the gate, and voila! The gate will open. Keycard entry works well for premises with heavy traffic and frequent visitors. The sensor placed on the gate also works well for many different fencing materials.