If you've just finished building a sizeable new property on a sprawling plot of land, you may be getting ready to put the finishing touches to your project. You may have laid down a nice driveway from the edge of your property up to the front door and are in the process of finishing a boundary wall or fence. All you need to do now is to install a gate that will do justice to the scale of the project and create an exceptional impression whenever somebody comes to visit. What are some of the key factors to bear in mind when you choose a gate like this?
Firstly, understand that automatic gates come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and configurations. Therefore, if you are faced with a challenge caused by a slope or incline, you can still introduce a modified version and work with bi-fold gates instead. The traditional gate would probably bottom out due to its size as it swept inwards to allow access, but a bi-folding gate will fold back in sections. You can even configure your portal to fold to one side only or in whichever direction works best in your situation.
Make sure that you configure the sensor correctly so that your gate works perfectly in all conditions. These can be quite sensitive, especially if there is any type of obstruction in the area. Cut back any undergrowth, weeds or overhanging branches that may cause an issue. From time to time, you will also need to clean the sensors so that they are not obscured by dirt.
When your gates are set up, you will need to ensure that the posts are set very carefully and securely into the ground. If not, they may move slightly after heavy rainfall, and even the smallest variation can cause issues. The sensor may activate, but the gate may jam or fail to open smoothly.
Steel gates will last for a considerable period of time, especially if you treat them when they are being installed. As you may know, they would otherwise be at risk of corrosion, but you can resist any oxidisation by galvanising the steel before it is introduced. Typically, you can get your contractor to add a coating of zinc and this will help it stand up to the worst of the Australian weather.
Making an Impact
Always work with experienced and knowledgeable contractors who will supply you with the highest-quality gate for your needs. Remember, this is to be the icing on the cake of your construction project and must make a suitable impression!