If you have a property with large grounds and want to make sure that it is kept secure, using a gated entry system is a good starting point.
One effective way of keeping a property secure is automatic gates. New Orleans property owners have numerous options for installing and maintaining electric gate systems. We will look at some of those options, their costs, and ease of maintenance here.
It is possible to convert an existing gate into an automatic gate, although doing so may require some changes to the way that the gate is connected. There are automatic gate opener kits that contain everything you would need to make an existing gate operate electronically.
These systems can be connected to a suitably robust swing gate to allow the gate to open with an electrical system. If your existing gate is not a heavy-duty seel one, you may want to consider changing it to ensure that your new system is as secure as possible.
Sliding gate openers can be more complex to fit than swing systems, depending on the layout of the property and the way the gate is installed.
Prices for DIY gate automation systems can start at as low as $2,600 for a simple residential system that allows for a swing gate.
This price includes the gate and the mechanism. If you want an automatic sliding gate, or you want a very large, highly secure system with electric gate openers powered by remote controls that connect to more sophisticated logging systems, then you would see that price increase significantly.
Pre-designed driveway gates start at around $1,000 for a small gate, and prices for even simple dual sliding systems are around $2,800.
This is the price for DIY kits, which means that after buying the system you would need tools, and time, to install it. Keypad systems can be quite inexpensive, costing just $150 to $250 for a simple residential system.
Telephone-based entry units can range from $1,000 up to $3,000.
As you can see, costs can vary massively. Electric gates are not all equal in their features and security, so if you’re thinking of having them installed you should do your homework and make sure that you understand the pros and cons of each system as well as their relative robustness.
If you are not confident in the idea of attempting to install an automatic gate opener for yourself, you may want to call a company that fits automatic gates in New Orleans to do it for you.
It’s a good idea to have a sliding gate opener installation done professionally, in particular, because of the additional complexities of getting such a system to work well, look good, and be secure.
In addition to those costs, there may be other expenses, such as the cost of fitting a photo-eye safety device.
These devices should be configured carefully, and pointed at a suitable distance, with reflection, that will ensure that the device doesn’t trap any vehicles or pedestrians.
Some retro-reflective photo eyes do not work well in poor weather conditions, so you may want to find a system that uses through-beam photo eyes since these are more reliable.
Safety edges are also worth considering, to stop the gate if it hits an obstacle.
Electric gates do not use a lot of electricity. While the gate is on standby, it will use only around 100 watts of electricity per day. This means that the running cost of a gate that sits unused is one or two cents per day.
When an average-sized domestic gate is in use, it will consume about 700 watts per hour. However, each time a gate opens or closes, the process will take less than 20 seconds.
So the total amount of power consumed is negligible and the impact on your electricity bill will only be around one-tenth of a cent. Even if you go in and out of your property regularly, you’re probably not going to see much of an impact on your electricity bill.
Many electric gate systems have a backup battery, too, so if your power system fails you can still use the gate.
Note that some gate systems will be more energy-efficient than others. With that said, the difference between an automatic swing gate opener and an automatic sliding gate is not as much as you might expect. The systems have been designed to be quite efficient.
There are numerous electric gate openers on the market, so it is hard to recommend one specific model as being the best. If you’re looking for a good automatic gate opener, why not talk to the experts at Big Easy Fences New Orleans for some advice?
Recommendations may change based on whether you want a heavy-duty dual gate system, a system with solar power features, or an easy to use system with a wired keypad.
You will have more flexibility if you’re looking to add a swing arm to an existing gate rather than fitting a new sliding system. Either way, you will find that you have a lot of options in terms of different prices, levels of power, and entry systems.
Consider how frequently the system will be used, who it will be used by, and what it is protecting. A Might Mule automated gate system might work well for the gate at the end of your driveway, but for an office or workshop parking lot, you might want something far more robust.
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Review by: Weaver Madalynn, Residential Homes New Orleans
Reviewing: Automatic Gate Installation