The Pros And Cons Of Installing An Electric Gate


If you are looking to secure your property, you may be considering installing a fence. However, if you need to drive your car in and out of the area where the fence is installed, it can be a hassle to get in and out of your car to open and close the fence manually. As such, you may be thinking of installing an electric gate on the portion of the fence where your car enters or exits. This allows you to open or close the gate with a click of a button. However, there are advantages and disadvantages to installing an electric gate. Learning the pros and cons can help you decide if it is best for you. Here are some of the pros and cons to installing an electric gate.

Drawbacks of Installing an Electric Gate

  • You Lose the Ability to Open or Close the Gate If the Power Goes Out

One of the downsides to installing an electric gate is that you lose the ability to open or close the gate if the power goes out. There are models that allow you to switch to a manual mode if the power goes out, allowing to you manually open and close the gate, but most people get an electric gate so they don't have to do this. And there are models that can be hooked up to a battery backup system in the event of power failures, but these can be costly and you have to remember to replace, test and/or charge the batteries routinely or it may not work should the power go out. If you live somewhere where there are frequent power failures, this is something to keep in mind.

  • There Are Risks to People and Animals When Installing an Electric Gate

The other disadvantage to installing an electric gate is that there are risks to people and animals when you are shutting the gate. Animals and small children may not realize that the gate is closing and may try to run in the gap before it shuts completely. Unfortunately, this can end up injuring them. One of the features that you can add on to an electric gate is a sensor feature. This sensor is similar to the ones found on garage doors. If motion is detected, the door will stop and not shut. If you decide to go with an electric gate, consider this important safety feature.

Benefits of Installing an Electric Gate

  • You Secure Your Property

The major benefit to installing an electric gate is that you are securing your property. There are many reasons why you may want to secure your property, such as keeping animals or kids in the yard and keeping criminals out. An electric gate helps you do this, while also ensuring that the gate is convenient. No one wants to get in and out of their car to constantly open or close a gate. Plus, a gate that can be opened or closed manually is easier to break into compared to an electric one. This may deter criminals further, making your home and property as secure as it can possibly get.

  • You Can Increase Your Property Value

Adding an electric gate to your home can increase your property value by five percent. An attractive and stylish gate can add curb appeal and secure your property. Both of these factors can increase the value of your home. However, it is important to note that not all electric gates will increase your home's value. There are many factors that come into play, such as the neighborhood you are in, the type of electric gate you install, how it blends in with the look and feel of your home and how well-maintained your gate ends up being. Talk with a realtor or fence contractor from a company like F & W Fence Company, Inc. to determine what electric gate will help you to be increase the value of your property.

If you are putting a fence or gate around your property, you may be debating between using a manual gate to keep costs down or installing an electric gate for convenience. Learning about the pros and cons of installing an electric one will help you compare more than just price and convenience, ultimately helping you to select the gate type that is ideal for your situation.


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