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Gates add that finishing touch to any wall

Gates, no matter what design or material they are made from, are a vital part of our lives, and for good reason. Gates do not serve only one purpose, although the majority of people immediately associate a gate with a security barrier. It is not an unreasonable assumption that a gate’s primary purpose is to keep people – and anything else – outside or inside a designated area. It could be simply a matter of keeping small dogs (and small children) within certain areas of safety, or needing a strong barrier against unwanted intruders. The range of gates available is vast, and the type of gate that you choose will naturally depend upon the reason you need a gate in the first place.

Choose your gate according to its purpose

If you are looking for additional security for your premises, an automated gate will do the trick, allowing you to remotely control entrance and exit traffic, as well as protecting yourself from a potential hijacking when entering or leaving the property. If you are looking for security though, remember that your gate should never be lower than the surrounding wall, and neither should the wall be lower than the gate. It makes sense. However, if you are simply looking for a small decorative or barrier gate, you can choose whatever height suits you. Very large gardens often have differently-themed areas within the garden, and sometimes these are walled or fenced off from one another. If you don’t want your small dog digging up your vegetable garden, put up a small gate and fence to protect your produce.

A gate can complement any property style

Gates are incredibly useful and come in a wide variety of styles and materials. If you are looking for an ‘olde world’ or traditional gate to blend in with your turn-of-the-century homestead, a beautiful scrolled ironwork gate would add just the right accent note. Ironwork and steel, on the other hand, also lend themselves perfectly to modern clean-cut gates and fencing, having clean lines and a definite structural simplicity. If you wish to soften the lines, add wood panels to bring in a touch of earthiness and another element of natural beauty. Both wood and metal gates complement stone or brick walls so your choices are almost unlimited.

Want to have something different? Go bespoke!

Whether you are looking for a security gate, privacy gate, or a simple barrier gate, there is a gate specialist who will be able to manufacture and fit this for you. Gate specialists are not only able to turn your ideas into reality, but also offer practical advice and recommendations to suit your needs. Gate specialists are perfectly capable of manufacturing bespoke gates according to your design, but have many other options available for those with a more limited budget. In addition, they are able to advise on the type of gate and, if the gate is to be automated, what type of sensor would work most efficiently to control opening and closing. There are various kinds of sensors available, namely : radar movement, pressure sensors, optical sensors/motion detectors, passive infrared movement sensors and active infrared sensors. Your gate specialist will lay the track on which a sliding gate will run or install the swing gate, mount the motor and appropriate sensor and ensure that everything is running smoothly.

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Automated gates are extremely common these days, whether for private or commercial use. Gates themselves have been in use for centuries in their most basic manually operated form, and have never outgrown their usefulness. Gate manufacturers are not new in the industry, and have held their place in the manufacturing world for a very long time. They can be found very easily by attending Home Expos, through adverts in House and Home magazines, architectural publications, general interest magazines, newspapers and the Yellow Pages. They can also be found through internet searches, whether you are searching for manual or automated gates. If using the internet, search sites such as Uptasker will halve your search time, especially since Uptasker has the advantage of listing in geographical areas, making it easy to find a manufacturer close to your location. Uptasker also provides extremely useful online ratings and customer reviews, as well as one-click links to websites, where available. If there are a number of gate manufacturers in your locality, it is possible to try and obtain comparative quotes – if the specs are available – from the comfort of your home or office. Alternatively, you could also use word of mouth referrals from friends and colleagues. 

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Top gate specialist tips

When planning a gate installation, you don’t have to feel limited by what is available generally in the market. Gate specialists will design, manufacture, install and attend to the automation, if required, of any type of gate. From the humble and simple garden gate to ornate courtyard or driveway gates, there is a gate specialist who will be able to help you. Whether you choose a bespoke design or a standard-issue gate, a gate specialist will be able to advise you on the best choice in terms of purpose, durability, ease of use, material and appearance. For more tips and information, see Uptasker’s gate specialist articles.

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