The space you have available for an automatic gate affects the product you ultimately choose. You can't fit all gates into all spaces.
If you have space restrictions or an unusual area to cordon off, then installing an automatic cable gate could be a good solution. These gates use a driver-controlled cable to allow access. When is this kind of gate a good fit?
1. You Have Height Restrictions
Some gates need a specific amount of headroom to operate. For example, if you install a boom gate on a car park's entrance, then you need enough space above the gate for the boom arm to go up when it is in use.
Get this wrong, and the gate won't fully open. Or, it may get damaged if it bangs on something when it raises itself.
If you don't have a lot of height to play with, then a cable gate could be the ideal solution. The cable itself sits in a mid-range position between the gate's posts. It lowers gently to the ground when someone opens it before going back into place when it is closed. The cable never needs to go above a fence's post height.
2. You Have No Side Space
Some gates need more room around their sides than others. For example, if you have gates that open out or in, then they may need space at the sides and in front or behind the gate to fully open to let cars in and out.
If you have a narrow entrance or if your entrance is set just inside your car park building, then you might not have this space. For example, walls can prevent some gates from opening completely.
Again, a cable gate is a suitable alternative. The cable doesn't need any extra access. So, the posts at either side are the widest part of the gate; the cable itself moves up and down to open and close the gate.
3. You Have a Wide Access Point
If you want to set a gate up on a wide road or drive, then you might it hard to find a traditional gate to fit the space. You may need a custom solution that increases your costs and looks a little too obvious for your liking.
Cable gates are more subtle. You can also simply install a longer cable to fill a wider access point.
To find out more about cable gates and how they might fill your space, ask a local auto gate installation company for advice.