If you live in Sacramento, California, you don’t need us to tell that crime is through the roof. And it’s only getting worse. If you use the app NextDoor, it seems that every day you hear about a neighbor having their car broken into, window broken, sometimes entire vehicle stolen right out of their driveway. That’s why we recommend automatic security gates. They add an extra layer of security to your existing garage door. When you make theft and vandalism difficult to thieves, they’ll move on to easier opportunities. It ultimately comes down to protecting your property.
what you need to know when it comes to the various kinds of automated security gates available and the protection they provide your family.
There are 3 basic styles of security gates: swing, slide, and tilt. Each opens and shuts a certain way that is ideal for a specific style of property, driveway, and vehicle need.
Swing gates open and close with one or two gates that swing horizontally inward, similar to a bedroom door. A single gate pulls inward to open; double gates part in the middle to pull inside. Both single and double gates will run parallel to the driveway when fully opened.
Swing gates are idea for driveways that are straight and flat at the outset of 10 to 20 feet of the entry point. The beauty of this style of gate is the parallel alignment requires a minimal amount of lateral driveway space.
But swing gates are ill-suited for driveways that dip or have slanted inclines, or that curve within 10 feet of the entry point. It’s awkward and can create a dangerous driving situation that could cause damage to the gate or your vehicle.
Slide gates open and close with one or two gates that slide horizontally, similar to a glass patio door. Single slide gates opens at one end and slides until it’s clear of the driveway. Double slide gates part in the middle and slide to each end to clear the driveway. Slide gates rest perpendicular to the driveway when fully opened.
Slide gates are ideal for flat driveways that have sufficient peripheral leeway. Your driveway needs a flat, wide plane with no hills or obstructions to either side of the entry line for at least 10 feet. Because they pull away from the driveway completely when fully opened, they leave the driveway open and accessible. You don’t need to a lot of room in front of the gate to open and close it.
Slide gates are ill-suited for driveways that have steep slopes or inclines. They also don’t work well if your property has bodies of water on either side of the driveway.
A title gate opens and closes by raising vertically to allow entryway. Single gates pull up and aside. Double gates part in the middle pull up and aside to their respective ends of the opening. The gate sits at a 90-degree angle to the side of the driveway when fully opened. These types of gates are common for the parking lots of high security commercial buildings or apartments.
Tilt gates require substantial overhead space that’s free of overhanging lights, trees, or other structures. The beauty is they require a minimal amount of horizontal space when opened.
Advantages to Property, Safety, & Insurance Costs
Obviously, a security gate makes your home less prone to burglary and car thieves. This kind of security enhancement can substantially increase your property value. Your insurance company’s likely to give you a discount as well. Privacy is another enticing advantage. Say goodbye to unsolicited salesmen. And if you’re picky about the design and style of the security gate, it can also increase your home’s curb appeal. There are a number of gates on the market these days that look beautiful.