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If you are looking for a unique way to light your gated driveway entrance why now consider our energy efficient and unique gate pier lights?

Our stylish pier cap ball lights are perfect for entrances and driveways. The “balls” are made from fibreglass and resin, they are then hand painted to look like stone during the day, and give a subtle lighting effect at night. The balls can be customised to match or tone with existing masonry and brickwork.

The lights will be designed as part of your Renzland Powergates Ltd CAD package, prior to your electric gate installation and we also have demo lights, so you can decide if this lighting scene looks right on your property before going ahead.

We hope you find just what you are looking for in this website, but if not, and you feel we can help, please do get in touch either by email or phone. We would love to hear from you.

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The ball is hand painted to resemble stone- Available in ‘Sandstone’, ‘Weathered Stone’ , white’ and ‘Dark Granite’ finishes

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)

The differences between “mild steel” and “wrought iron” driveway gates

Be warned!

Many Gate Automation companies are selling mild steel gates as “wrought iron” as most clients do not fully understand what this means. This could be a very costly mistake especially comparing like for like quotations.

To the untrained eye there is little visible difference between forged bars of wrought iron & Mild Steel- the difference however are worlds apart in terms of durability, weight, finish and construction methods. If you are considering metal electric gates It is very important to understand the difference in quality and value is enormous.

Wrought Iron literally means ‘worked iron’, which refers to the method of manufacturing the metal by working (beating) repeatedly under a hammer- it is the same process that steel workers have used for many centuries whether it be making swords or horse shoes. The work of the blacksmith therefore became known as ‘Wrought Ironwork’, a name that has persisted for the art form even though the metal in use may not be wrought iron.

Wrought Iron’s superior weathering properties that are most notable. Wrought iron is known for its durability and will last many hundreds of years, its unique properties allow it to resist corrosion.  Just look at the amount of Wrought iron in heritage sites and buildings that are over 300 years old- Mild steel can last upto 60 years with suitable galvanising.

Wrought Iron is softer to forge, as it is workable at a higher heat than mild steel making it more ‘malleable’ under the hammer. Amazing ornate shapes can be manipulated into the metal to create stunning gate designs with no visible welds.

Today the common material of gate fabrication is mild steel which is a less expensive, readily available and requires a lower skill level to produce gates than wrought iron.  the years we have commissioned many gate designs both in wrought Iron and mild steel- for the vast majority of residential homes mild steel is most suitable product primarily on weight and cost. A substantial pair of wrought iron gates could be as much as 10 times the cost of its mild steel counter parts. It is also important to take into consideration that “wrought iron” gates are many times heavier and very heavy duty gate automation will be required.

How can you tell if your metal gate is wrought iron or mild steel?

If you can see mechanical welds on the outside of a product then it’s very likely to be made of mild steel. If no welds can be seen then further tests would need to be carried out to determine the material used This is not to say mild steel is unsuitable, indeed it is far less expensive to manufacture and weighs far less so the construction process is very different and can be mass produced.

Average cost of a 4000mm opening

Mild steel gates (without galvanising or painting) £2,000

Wrought Iron £12,000 +

In summary, If your gate installer is specifying “wrought iron” I would seek further clarification as in most residential gate installations this would not be the case- it would mean they either do not know what they are selling or are deliberately mis leading you into a sale- avoid these companies at all costs.

Very few electric gate installation companies in the UK have the technology, design flair, skills, finance, customer base or opportunity to create bespoke gates in wrought Iron.

In the words of a blacksmith, “You wouldn’t buy a piece of wooden furniture with the glue on the outside of the joints would you?”.

 

Timber gates comparison – Oak, Iroko, Sapele, Idigbo, Redwood

By Edward Viera- Renzland Powergates Ltd

I served my apprenticeship as a joiner making custom made cabinets, paneling and bespoke timber gates. During my 40 years as a time served craftsman and engineer I have since worked on a varied range of projects including royal properties, historical buildings and overseas projects for private clients.

We are often asked which species of timber is most suitable for gate automation. With increased world demand for hardwoods “growing” (pun unintentional), supplies of quality hardwood has become difficult with prices rising. It can sometimes be difficult when choosing the right timber for your new wooden automatic gate system ensuring value for money.

There are a number of factors that need to be considered by your gate installer before making recommendations- elements such as timber density, drying and kilning process, durability, knots (which can be desirable or undesirable depending on the application), machining, moisture, movement , the acceptability of stain/paint finishes, texture, weight/thickness, manufacturing process and hinge geometry all have an important effect on the overall quality and longevity of the system.

In most cases the final decision by the client is almost always dictated by budget and aesthetic preferences.

Whilst this information is not exhaustive, I have put together a list of the most commonly used timbers for gate automation and my review on each. This review is based on some 40 years experience as a craftsman using all types of soft and hardwood for internal and external purposes and personally over 300 timber gate installations. I was also researched with help from the sites referenced below. It is also important to point out that any automatic timber gate whether is be made from hard or softwood is only as good as the individual components that make up the system (gate automation, ironmongery, supporting posts), design, the installation itself, and of course the ongoing maintenance of the gate system.

Iroko     star iconstar iconstar iconstar iconstar icon 5/5

Iroko is a very durable hardwood. The colour varies from light yellow to golden brown and texture is coarse, often with an interlocked grain. It is indigenous to Africa and is often referred too as “African Oak”   Kiln dried iroko is strongly recommended for external gates.  This is a hard wearing timber which is resistant to decay.  Has many of the desirable features of oak and is commonly used for electric gates, external joinery, boat building and marine work. click here for a case study for iroko automatic gates. or here

Iroko        Paint-Stain          Moisture              gate cost                 Durability

Colour                   Poor                          Small                 Medium-High          Very Durable

English Oak  star iconstar iconstar iconstar iconstar icon 5/5

The sapwood is creamy white and is sharply defined from the golden, warm-brown of the heartwood.  If left untreated over time it will weather down to reveal the characteristic silver grain which looks fabulous on older character properties.  The timber is hard, heavy and durable.  Oak is very coarse in texture and straight grained, requiring the correct seasoning, hinging and automation.  It can be worked to a fine finish if necessary. As the name would imply English oak is indigenous to the British Isles, it is probably the best known and one of the most versatile of all timbers, being used more extensively and for a greater number of purposes than any other. However this comes at a cost and using this timber could easily double the cost of the entire gate installation.  For clients looking for top of the range timber electric gates- look no further than Oak. At additional cost we have laser etched crests/emblems into the timber or have it carved for truly personal customisation.

Oak        Paint-Stain          Moisture              gate cost                 Durability

Colour                   Good                          Small                 High                            Very Durable

 Sapele   star iconstar iconstar iconstar icon 4/5

Sapele is another hardwood from Africa, the colour dark reddish brown.  Grain is interlocked or wavy with a medium to fine texture.  It stains fairly easily which makes this use of gates easier to maintain in the longer term.  Common uses are usually internal such as furniture, shopfitting, and flooring but is becoming a popular choice to automate timber gates. Sapele can be used as an external wood however it is less durable than Iroko or Oak and has a greater moisture content therefore is can be susceptible to movement which can be offset with the appropriate adjustable hinges. Using sapele for automated gates is a good compromise if a superior hardwood is not attainable due to budget constraints and the option of using softwood is not acceptable.

Sapele        Paint-Stain          Moisture              gate cost                 Durability

Colour                            Good                          Medium                 Medium                 Moderate

Idigbo/Emeri star iconstar iconstar iconstar icon 4/5

Colour is yellow to light brown.  The grain is straight to slightly irregular with a medium to fairly coarse texture.  This timber works well by both machine and hand tools and finishes cleanly therefore you can achieve very fine finishes with all the benefits of a hardwood.  Idigbo is an excellent utility timber for many purposes due to its medium weight, ease of working, durability and outstanding stability- in particular for use on timber garage doors and smaller swing gates. Idigbo is not as readily available or mainstream perhaps Iroko therefore the price may be higher. It is perhaps viewed as a more exclusive timber but due to the yellowish colour it is an acquired taste.

Idigbo        Paint-Stain          Moisture              gate cost                 Durability

Colour                          Good                          Medium             Medium-High           Durable

 Redwood star iconstar icon 2/5

Redwood is a popular softwood used for gate automation, typically 5 bar farm gates- Usually sourced from Scandinavia, Russia and the UK is is also known as pine and Scot’s Pine, its colour is pale yellowish-brown to red-brown heartwood with lighter-coloured sapwood. Gates made from Redwood should be treated every 1 to 2 with water-repellent preservative stain , depending on the environment. We would strongly recommend pressure treated softwood gates to ensure the longevity of your gate investment.  

Douglas        Paint-Stain          Moisture              gate cost                 Durability

Colour                               Good                        Medium                 Low                     Non-Durable

 

Legend-

Paint-Stain This refers to the ease of accepting a stain or paint finish. Oils are recommended for hardwood gates due to ease of application and finish.

Moisture          Moisture movement- the dimensional changes that occur when dried timber is subjected to changes in atmospheric conditions. For situations where varying humidities are likely to be encountered and stability of a component is important, a small movement species should be specified for electric gates.  The most recent standard for moisture content in general is BSEN 942 1996 Timber & Joinery.

gate costCost- Based on a average 3500mm wide closed board gate. Low- Under £1000, Medium £1000-£2,000 Medium to high £1500-£3,000+ High £3,000 +

Durability   Durability- non-durable 5-10 years; moderately durable 10-15 years; durable 15-25 years; very durable 25+ years.

To get in contact with me I can be reached on eddie (@) universeuk.com or on the numbers above.

Useful links-

The Forest Stewardship Council http://www.fsc-uk.org/

The PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) http://www.pefc.org/

The Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA)    http://www.trada.co.uk/

The Timber Trade Federation http://www.ttf.co.uk/

The door and hardware federation http://www.dhfonline.org.uk/