If your property is fenced or has a wall around it, you’ll have some sort of a door or gate for access. The type and style you choose will be entirely your choice, although many people like to match the materials a garden or driveway gate with the materials used to build the fence. But, while gates are an obvious means of entry to a property, they might also be a security risk unless they are kept locked or are fitted with an electronic device to open and close them.
Common Reasons for Installing Electronic Entry/Driveway Gates
The decision to install electronic entry/driveway gates will depend largely on your motivation for installing a fence in the first place. Electric motors activated with an electronic remote device of some sort are an obvious entry/exit solution for both security fences and privacy fences. However, they are not a typical option for a low picket fence that simply improves curb appeal.
Most commercial fences are installed for security reasons, and so electronic entry gates are common in this environment. Even if security isn’t the primary reason for installing residential fences, they are worth considering for driveway gates, purely for convenience. The advantage is that you don’t have to get in and out of your vehicle to open and close the gate when you enter and leave your home.
But safety and convenience aren’t the only reasons home- and business-owners decide to install electronic entry/driveway gates. Adding an electronic driveway gate to your fenced home will immediately increase the value of your property. You may be surprised to discover that the improved equity in the house doesn’t necessarily equate to the money you spend; it will usually be quite a lot more! Additionally, a stylish electronic entry/driveway gate will look attractive and will, like a quintessential white wooden picket fence, add to the curb appeal of the property.
Another less obvious benefit is that because it is good for security, an electronic entry/driveway gate in both residential fences and commercial fences could lead to reduced homeowners’ insurance premiums.
Choosing Electronic Entry/Driveway Gates for Residential and Commercial properties
Your first decision will be the type and style of gate you want. If your fence is made of wood, then a wooden gate or even a solid wooden door might be the best choice for an entry gate. This might be a good option for a driveway gate too, though the majority of people prefer metal gates. Commercial entry system gates are commonly made of metal, quite often a galvanized steel framework combined with chain link, which is a relatively low-cost option.
Of course, metal electronic entry/driveway gates are visually “open” which won’t affect security but could affect privacy. If this is an issue, the obvious solution is to install fencing inside the property so that only the driveway is visible.
Natural Enclosures Fence Company offers a wide range of residential fences, commercial fences, and entry systems in the Atlanta metro. Systems cater for privacy and security (however minimal or maximal) and may include keypad or call box entry systems, as well as security cameras if required. Call our friendly professional team for more information or to get a free quotation.