The first question potential clients always ask is “what do electric gates cost?” If you live in Berkshire, Surrey, Buckinghamshire or London and are thinking about having an automatic gate installed and would like to discuss your requirements, Universe Gates would be very happy to give you some indicative costings, some free advice of the process and an idea what is involved.
Initially we will send you a draft proposal based on your requirements, we will contact you to discuss your thoughts and if our proposal is within your budget and you like to explore the possibility of working together we will arrange a site meeting.
At this meeting we will explain the services we can offer, show you illustrations and photographs of our work and representative electric gate costs. We will discuss your requirements and we will talk about current access arrangements and the key areas you would like to change. We can then show you a computer visual of how your gates may look by taking a photo of your entrance and overlaying different styles of gates on our iPad or laptop.
We will then send you a firm quotation for the work outlining our understanding of your brief and our initial proposal for your new electric gate cost. We will also provide a separate quotation for extras that you may wish to include. These range from lighting, post boxes, intercom, house name plaques and pier caps. Depending on the complexity and scale of the project there are many diverse elements, which also need to be considered such as landscaping, railings, fencing, paving, walling, steps, planting and underground services that will all add to the project cost.
We have a showroom in Cheam, Surrey where clients can receive a demonstration of Wooden and Metal gates, gate automation equipment, access control and Crestron. The showroom is by appointment only to ensure our clients receive our highest level of personal attention.
First impressions count. The first thing any visitor to your property will see is your entrance, the front of your home depicts what you are about. We understand that buying electric gates is an investment. Not only will they provide you with security and enhance the appearance of your property, they will add to the value of your home.
A quote from John Ruskin made over 100 years ago that still holds true today –
“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”
Cheap electric gates are always the most expensive in the long term, never-the-less we can offer different levels of products and services to cater for most budgets including a range of affordable ready-made gates. In all cases we offer a premium product and services. Universe Gates only wants to put its name and reputation to quality work.
We are able to offer a metal or softwood gates, posts, 24v anti crush gate automation, wireless access control with coded entry from just £4,999* + VAT – click here for more information
We can offer brick piers, pier caps, galvanised gates, 24v anti crush gate automation, access control, lights, post box- from £7,999* + VAT Click here for more information
*Subject to site survey
3D design visuals by an architect, bespoke oak gates or custom made solid bar wrought iron gates, high-end access control system, CCTV, Crestron integration, hydraulic gate automation and feature lighting. Landscaping – additionally we can arrange for a garden designer to create a beautiful front garden to compliment your new entrance. POA contact us for details
Every design and cost of an electric gate installation needs to be based on an accurate survey. We will note the position and orientation of the site and the style of your home to ensure harmonisation with the new entrance.
Important details of consideration during the survey will be:
The location of the system may have a bearing on its safe use and the level of convenience offered by it. For example, electric gate systems installed right by a main road could cause an obstruction if large vehicles are delayed in gaining access. The system will need to operate in consideration of the prevailing environmental conditions, such as coastal weather or flood risk.
Many factors need to be considered when designing an electric gate system. Local trees (some have tree preservation orders) with roots and branches in the way, high voltage underground cables or drains, gas pipes, street lighting cables and water mains are all commonly found.
Gates can be swing or sliding or for disabled visitors a push button system can be installed. A separate gate and path is recommended where space allows.
It is essential that gate-leaves travel over level ground. During the survey we will advise on any additional ground work required or adjust the gates to ensure they swing freely. Ground levels are especially important if installing a sliding automatic gate.
Loose drive surfaces, unmade roads and inadequate foundations are to be carefully considered. A poor sub-base is more likely to be affected by ground swell during flood or heavy frost. This can have a detrimental effect on the performance of the system. Installing the system may require excavating a small area of driveway surface. This will be carefully removed and replaced at the end of the project.
Drainage must be considered and addressed. Whilst underground gate motors are built to work in wet conditions, it is important that water is drained away so motors are not permanently submerged. If not, this can invalidate warranties and severely affect the long-term performance of the gate automation system.
Power supply can have a large impact on electric gates costs. The gates will require a dedicated, RCD protected mains power supply. The specification of the cable will be determined by the cable run length. Universe Gates will follow a path most suited to the engineer’s requirements. If a preferred route for any such cable run is required by the customer this will be agreed to ensure minimum disruption to your driveway. Additional cables also need to be considered for any access control, CCTV or lighting requirements. It is good practice to allow for the addition of controls and equipment by installing the right ducting and spare cores within each cable run.
During the survey we will also undertake a detailed risk assessment to ensure the gates work in accordance with the machinery directive and all appropriate British Standards. Additional fail-safe measures will be considered such as manual release or a fireman’s switch for emergency vehicles during power failure.
The support structure of the system, whether it is a gate post or barrier stand, is one of the most important parts of an automatic system. Its stability directly affects the performance and reliability of the system. We determine whether an existing or proposed new support will be strong enough, not just to hold up the gate, but also to withstand minor impact or a reasonable number of people climbing over it.
With information from the survey we can design your gate system based on your preferences. We will present our ideas for your gates and collaborate to draft a master plan for the site. All aspects of the evolving design will be discussed with you to ensure that, by the time the design is finished, you understand our proposals and are entirely happy with them before the gates are put into production. Please visit the gate designs section of our website or view our portfolio for ideas.
There are different types of automation. Often, two or more types could be used and the decision is then down to cost. The size, style and weight of the gate all have a significant effect on the automation. It is important that weight distribution is calculated and so that the stress at each hinge can be determined. We aim to over-engineer, so that the gate and automation work reliably in all seasons and ensures the longevity of your investment. More information of types of gate motors can be found here:
Some properties are Listed or located in a Conservation Area. They may have Preservation Orders on their trees or my design prompts alterations to a driveway or roadside boundary. It may therefore be necessary to submit plans to the local Council and apply for permission to carry out work in the garden, particularly if new walling either side of the gates is required. This is a time consuming process and may be off-putting for home owners. We are experienced in handling this process for our clients and are happy to undertake such work on their behalf for a separate fee.
This is directly affected by the characteristics of the site and the weather and therefore need careful management. We appoint an experienced project manager to oversee the entire project. He will understand all the elements of the works and will co-ordinate all activity on your behalf. This ensures that the installation process is as stress free as possible.
Universe Gates also have a network of professional specialists, such as landscapers, we can call upon to undertake ancillary work which you may additionally require.
All new installations are issued with a two year warranty but the gates must be serviced within the first twelve months to validate the second year warranty. At additional cost we are pleased to offer clients a 5 year warranty and servicing package for thier new electric gates, in line with usage.
Once an electric gate installation has been completed, it is important to make sure your new gates stay in perfect working order. Any outdoor equipment with moving parts needs regular maintenance to ensure continued smooth operation. Universe Gates can provide you with an ongoing maintenance service to give you peace of mind that your gates will be working efficiently. We offer a range of maintenance contracts and fees to suit your particular requirements.
Our qualified gate engineers undertake repairs and service calls five days a week. Our normal working hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm however we offer a 24 hour emergency call out service if you require it.