Electric gates- How to overcome difficult ground levels

 

 

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 This was an interesting electric gate project on the Wentworth estate, Virginia Water, Surrey.

The property driveway was located on a very steep hill, although the opening width of the driveway was less than 3900mm the dropped from one side by over 400mm. Gates have to be fitted absolutely level or the hinge geometry will not align and the system will not work as it should. Whats more the gate operators will wear out much faster as they have more strain as they are not moving in an efficient linear motion.

The easiest way to overcome this scenario is to mount the gate leafs on blocks or stilts, This is exactly what most gate installers would do, however aesthetically this looks terrible as one gate leaf will have a 400mm gap underneath it.

David Viera- lead designer at Renzland Powergates Ltd designed this system with an angled bottom rail, so whilst one leaf was longer in height they are perfectly level at the top therefore the gates followed the contour of the driveway giving the illusion the bottom was level. We hung the gates from columns rather than posts as this also drew the eye away from the drop and helped frame the gates between the adjoining railings.

It is small details like this that make a difference to the overall look and feel of the gate system- and this expertise comes from experience. The value we add to clients is a business relationship based on trust, we offer a full design and project management service it is a thorough process to get it exactly right.

You are partnering with us rather than paying for a cheap contractor service who will simply a low end fit and finish- it will look cheap and therefore detect from the aesthetic appeal and value, cheap gates are the most expensive- we build our gate systems to last for 15+ years.

If you have an unusual driveway and don’t think electric gates are possible, you should talk to us- we have many years expertise designing electric gate systems that can hinge to open up hills, slide around corners and bi-fold when space is at a premium.  We specialise in difficult electric gate installations many other companies would walk away from.

We cover Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and London call us today on 01206 210 212

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Want electric gates?- Get it right first time!

The importance of CAD design work before your electric gate installation.

We were recently called by a prospective client to put right some electric gates that were installed incorrectly by an electrician not a professional gate engineering firm.

The decision not to instruct Renzland Powergates Ltd in the first instance was purely cost driven and the client now has to potentially spend thousands of pounds to put right what should have been done correctly in the first place.  The alternative gate installation provider simply could not offer the client any design visuals or articulate how the finished design would look.  The wooden electric gates looked cheap and very nasty, and to make matters worse the gates scrapped across the ground and didn’t close properly. Not only was the gate system not be built to last but will also have a detrimental effect on the property’s overall kerb appeal, value and sale ability.

Gates are art. Renzland Powergates Ltd offers a full CAD design service that allows us to produce incredibly realistic 3D design visuals and then turn our ideas into the finished product without the nasty surprises as any design can be made before it is too late.

Electric Driveway gates and landscaping not only distinguish the entrance and perimeter to a property they create a vital first impression to all visitors and passers by. Many home owners will spend large amounts of money on the interior design and furnishings in the hope of creating a good impression but totally overlook the front boundary and often go with the electric gate installer that offers the cheapest quote?

Electric driveway gates are an important enhancement to any property and has traditionally been seen as part of the overall architectural concept. Gates and landscaping to a property facade are a symbol of good taste and status stately homes traditionally commissioned grand and lavish designs to grace a main entrance.

Today electric gates and railings are a focal feature and increasingly a medium of expression, both personally and sculptural, a piece of art combining beauty and function that everyone can appreciate.

High quality electric gates create the right first time impression of high quality design and craftsmanship- this depicts what you are all about. Renzland Powergates Ltd will provide beautifully designed Gates and landscaping that creates a first impression that can make a real statement, giving your home a sense of grandeur.

If you are considering installing electric gates in London, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire or Buckinghamshire and don’t want to run the risk of a poor quality finish you need to talk to us- we know how to make an entrance 0800 533 3151

Which access control system is right for you?

Electric gates Access Control Intercom Articulated Arm Operators

 

We have all been disturbed early in the morning by annoying door to door sales people or others making unsolicited visits. The installation of an intercom system integrated within your electric gates means that you have control over exactly who can, or cannot enter your property.

With a vast choice of access control systems available- which system is right for you?

There are many variables to take into consideration and your choice will be limited by the range (distance from the door station at your gate to your home) environment, your requirements and of course budget.

Gate access control equipment generally fall into the following categories-

Hard wired Access Control- audio only-  Average cost inc fitting £350 + 

Pro’s- Offer a low cost, robust solution , no ongoing costs.

Con’s- Basic functionality audio only, cost of wiring into existing home and making good. Unable to control entrance whilst away from the property. The entry level models generally look and feel low end, which will detract from the entrance aesthetics.

Wireless Audio Access Control – Average cost inc fitting £450+ 

Pro’s Low cost, robust solution, no internal wiring or making good. Easy to expand the system. Portable can take handset into different rooms and garden.  Secure encoded radio transmission based on the use of rolling code. Can be removed and re installed if you move home.

Cons- Signal can be limited by line of sight, weather and atmospheric  conditions. You are unable to control entrance whilst away from the property,

*Visual wireless also available at addtional cost.

GSM Based Access control Systems – Average cost inc fitting £900 + 

Pro’s Control your entrance from anywhere in the world. No internal wiring your land line phones are usually already  in the most convenient place. Saves additional cost of remote controls. Increased security as caller will not be aware if you are home or not. Call can be diverted to multiple owners. Accept deliveries when not home. Programming, Faults and diagnostics available remotely reducing engineer visits.

Con’s- No Visual without additional wiring. Will not work if the telephone network down or poor signal area. Ongoing costs to top up PAYG sim card- this will vary depending on how popular you are! It is more difficult to control exit of the building without additional equipment. More expensive than wireless Audio entry control systems.

Hardwired Audio/Visual Access Control – Average cost inc fitting £1,000 + 

Pro’s- Visual and Audio- depending on the grade of equipment very high quality HD video is available. Record-able video available. Monitors can be in interfaced with additional CCTV around your home or other types of home automation systems such as crestron or control 4. Entrance visual monitoring.

Con’s- Night time visuals are poor unless a top of the range model chosen. More expensive than previously mentioned systems due to additional wiring and making good internally. Unlike GSM based systems you are unable to control the access when not at home.

IP Based Access Control Systems- Average Cost inc fitting £3,000 + 

Pro’s the best of all worlds- due to IP integration allows main performances such as access control, monitoring, image and video recording from control points internally and on any other smart mobile device- iPhone, tablet, laptop etc therefore you could be on a beach in Rio and see who is at your gate using your smart phone. Wiring savings as system commissioned by a unique network cable. Full integration of other home automation systems. Simply put there is no better.

Con’s- This is the most expensive type of access control system. Technology not yet mainstream therefore limited amount of professionally trained installers.

It is important to bear in mind that if you are looking to save money buying less expensive hard wired systems, you will need to factor in additional labour costs for cable runs and making good to the decoration to your home. In addition we would strongly recommend using high quality shielded CAT 6 cable duct grade that has a heavy black polyethylene sheath and a flame retardant PVC inner. Cat 6 offers high speed data transfers where underground duct or a weatherproof cabling solution is needed and the additional shielding is recommended if it is run close to power cables- we would always look to avoid running power and data cables in the same duct to reduce interference.

Unlike the movies, the access control panels cannot be blasted by a gun and then your gates will automatically open- however we would recommend installing vandal resistant product should your entrance be located with a large pedestrian footfall and especially youths loitering.

The aspect most people do not consider is exit control- how will people leave your property? Whilst the majority of electric gate systems are fitted with an exit vehicle loop- this will not benefit pedestrians. Push to exit buttons can be installed on timers so they only work during pre-determined hours, therefore on multi-user entrances where possible, it is advisable to have a separate dedicated pedestrian entrance.

For clients looking for an ultra secure controlled entrance, we can also install car number plate readers ANPR Cameras, bio-metric finger readers or even facial recognition- just ask we can help plan and deliver your perfect entrance- and perhaps even afford you a well deserved lay in on a Sunday morning ;o)