Electric Gates Installation- Newdigate, Surrey

 

Before electric gates Newdigate, Surrey
Before electric gates Newdigate, Surrey
Wooden Gates Newdigate Surrey
After Wooden Gates Newdigate Surrey

Here is another timber electric gate installation in Newdigate, Surrey by Renzland Powergates Ltd.

The client wanted a driveway gate design that both afforded privacy and fitted in well with the natural rural environment. Timber gates were the obvious choice. It should be noted that timber electric gates in a quality hardwood such as Oak or Iroko are usually more expensive and labour intensive to fit than metal counterparts.

An open top with closed board bottom design was chosen, the bottom is closed board offering privacy against passing traffic but the open bars at the top allow natural light and don’t close off the outside world completely. The gates and matching side panel were hung from huge 250mm oak posts. As the posts were oak and the gates were Iroko species of timber the colours would not match so they were both stained so the colour difference was minimal and not noticeable.  Click here for a relevant article on which species timber is best to use on wooden automatic gates. 

Once point loading calculations were formulated, the footings were dug to a precise depth. A large concrete base was installed and left to harden off before the posts were installed, so the oak posts would not sink into the clay below the footings.

CAD design for timber gates
CAD design for timber gates

As these are wind affected gates, heavy duty FAAC hydraulic ram arms were selected. The hydraulic operator requires little maintenance and is low on electrical power consumption. The  hydraulic device ensures maximum anti-crushing protection however for additional safety and to comply with safety regulations safety edges were fitted to the hinge edge of the gates to avoid dangerous finger trapping. When automating close board gates also strongly recommend hydraulic gate automation as it is more powerful, faster and is generally built to much higher engineering standards than electro-mechanical gate automation. The automation was also linked with the garage door operator so the client could open both the electric gates and garage door with the same remote control.

Custom made hinges were made, and a post box was fitted to the side panel. Up/down lighters were fitted to the gate posts, along with a GSM access control system. The ground works team will be installing a new driveway over the next few weeks and we will update the photos.

timber gates newdigate surrey

electric gates newdigate surrey

customer review feedback coming soon-

Price Guide with letter box, and lights £10,000 + VAT

Gate Pier Lights

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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

Wooden Sliding Gate- Richmond, Surrey

sapeli timber gate richmond

Before electric sliding gate- Richmond, Surrey

Sapeli Timber sliding Gate Richmond

After- Timber electric sliding gate Richmond, Surrey

This is a recent electric sliding gate installation carried out by Renzland Powergates Ltd in Richmond, Surrey.

The entrance was modified to accommodate the new gates and give the client more parking spaces on the driveway. As the driveway is on a inclined hill, precise ground works were carried out ensure the gate ran smoothly and level.

The new timber gates are made from Entandrophragma cylindricum, commonly known as  sapele or sapelli, it is a large tree native to tropical west Africa. It is reminiscent of mahogany and from the same family tree ha! Cadillac uses sapele wood for interior wood trim on its vehicles. It is a good compromise between the tough and extremely hard wearing properties of Iroko and the low cost of Softwood we would classify this as an entry level hardwood- therefore the rear of the gate was re-enforced with a metal framework that was galvanised with a black powder coat finish.

We have written an article on different species of timber used for automating gates which can be found here-

https://www.electric-gates.com/which-timber-gate-is-best-for-you/

The Gate Automation will be provided by BFT a market leader in Gate Automation- All  products we supply and fit come with a comprehensive 2 year warranty- extendable to 5 years for added peace of mind.

With gate power comes gate responsibility!- All Renzland electric gates installation is force tested and commissioned to comply with all current EU Safety legislation and BS EN 12453:2001 with additional safety edges fitted where necessary.

Our Richmond client was delighted with our work and a review can be found here

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)

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/

Wooden electric gate installation- Maidenhead I Berkshire

 

 

Before wooden electric gates

Before wooden electric gates

After wooden electric gates

After wooden electric gates

Timber Gates

This is a recent automatic gate installation carried out by Renzland Powergates Ltd in Maidenhead, Berkshire. We replaced the existing softwood 5 bar farm gate and widened the entrance to accommodate the new gates. The new gates are made from Iroko is a hardwood from the west coast of Africa. It is particularly suited to these types of installations as it is tough and extremely hard wearing- it is a very good alternative to oak and vastly less expensive.

Iroko is often referred to as African Teak, due to its durable qualities although it is unrelated to the teak family. The wood colour is initially yellow but darkens to a richer brown over time. The posts are seasoned oak however we applied special oil wood protector to the gate, once the specific colour was selected the pigmentation technology within the oil allows an intense and deep coloring in one single layer, without influencing the natural look and feel of the wood so both the posts and gates themselves appeared to be the same wood, even though they were from different species. The molecular bonding creates a durable, long lasting protection.

Please click here for more information on our wooden gates

Access Control

Renzland Powergates Ltd recommended using a wireless entry phone system which will avoid any issues of taking up the brick driveway for cable runs and making good internally to the house.  This has a significant cost saving over a hard wired alternative.

Daitem wireless unit is an entry level remote entry control system can be used to welcome and filter visitors. Using the Daitem system, remotely opening one or several entrances (pedestrian gate, driveway gate and garage door), and activating external lighting to facilitate access to users’ homes could not be simpler. The portable indoor handset is wireless allowing users to move around freely. This has the added feature of a keypad code lock entry system.

Gate Automation

The Gate Automation was provided by BFT a market leader in Gate Automation- All BFT products come with a comprehensive 2 year warranty. As the gates are closed board this could be wind effected therefore we selected hydraulic ram arms- the particular gate operator is called “Oro” These Gate rams are a popular choice for ornamental domestic gates as they are one of the smallest hydraulic operators available. All Automation was installed; force tested and commissioned to comply with all current EU Safety legislation and BS EN 12453:2001. Resistive safety edges were installed to the closing edge of the posts to avoid finger trapping.

Guide Price £7,000