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Why Choose Automatic Gates to Elevate Your Property?

Recent years have seen the spike in popularity of automatic gates. Whilst these were never uncommon to see at business premises, they have since become especially popular amongst homeowners, also.


If you have the budget to do so, then improving the security of your property in this way comes with various benefits. Not only that, but if you take pride in the appearance of your property, then these gates add to the overall perception of your home, allowing you to either fit in with the rest of the neighbourhood or be the envy of your neighbours.


In this article, we’ll discuss what it is about automated gates that makes them such a symbol of luxury living and why you should invest in one for your property.


Automatic Gate as a Symbol of Luxury Living

Whilst no one bats an eye at a standard garden or driveway gate, automated gates are instead viewed with a higher regard. Often seen bordering properties in wealthy neighbourhoods, these gates tend to be associated with a certain prestige.


This is largely due to the fact that, when they were first introduced to the domestic market, it was only those who were wealthy that could afford to incorporate electric gates within their property. Of course, there’s no disputing that these gates also add a touch of sophistication to your home entrance, with anything that offers the holy trinity of visual appeal, practical use and adequate security immediately securing itself as a valuable asset to own.


As times have evolved, however, automated domestic gates have become much more accessible for the everyday person, allowing more and more families to enjoy the safeguarding properties of these gates that were once exclusively associated with luxury residential properties.


Why Get an Automatic Gate Installation?


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Security

Perhaps the most undisputed benefit of automatic gates is the security they offer your property - this is their primary purpose, afterall. Due to their automated system, these gates offer you complete control over who can step foot on your property, adding an extra barrier between your front door and any unwanted visitors.


This especially gives you peace of mind at night time and at times or during periods when you’re not at home. Typically, these are the instances when you’re most likely to be subject to a burglary. An electric gate acts as a physical barrier that stops potential intruders from entering your home. Not only that, but due to their mechanisms, design and the materials they are made of, they are much harder to physically break through or climb over.


In this way, they also provide extra protection by acting as a deterrent to intruders. Those with malicious intent know that their intentions are criminal, so they’ll want to avoid drawing suspicion to themselves to ensure that they aren’t caught. If they see that you have an automatic gate, then they will see the risks of breaking into your property as outweighing the reward and will instead target another house.


As unfortunate as this is for those who are subject to burglary targets, which wouldn’t happen in an ideal world, at least you can rest assured that your property and belongings will be safe.


In the same vein, just as these gates are effective at keeping unwanted visitors out, they are also great for keeping pets and/or children in. This keeps them protected from harm, whether that be walking out into a busy road or interacting with strangers.


Privacy

Just as having control over who has access to your property offers you better security, it also offers benefits in terms of privacy.


By preventing unauthorised access to your property, whether that be salespeople, scammers, other strangers, or even individuals you know and don’t wish to allow on your property due to safety concerns or other private reasons, you don’t have to worry about involving yourself in unwanted interactions.


This is especially useful if you live on a busy street or in a densely populated area, especially ones that tend to be relatively active at night.


Depending on the design of the gate you choose, this can also offer you visual privacy if you and your family are spending time in your front garden or on the driveway (e.g. when washing the car).


Reduced Insurance Premiums

Automatic security gates are an investment in more ways than one, with one monetary perk they offer being the ability to reduce your insurance premiums.

Many insurers will offer reduced premiums for properties that incorporate enhanced security features. Remember we said burglars are less likely to target your property if they see an electric gate outside? Well, insurers know that, too, which is exactly why they see your house as being lower risk to a security breach or target of a crime.


As such, you are less likely to make a claim with them, ultimately translating to them being less likely to have to make a payout, which is why they are willing to offer you reduced premiums. Whilst the initial amount you’d be saving compared to the premiums you were paying before may seem low, over time this difference will add up and save you more money in the long run.


This isn’t only on your house insurance, either, but your car insurance, too!


Convenience 

When you invest in an automated security gate for your home, you’ll never want to go back to life with regular domestic gates. Why, you may ask? Because of the sheer convenience they offer you.


Automatic gates are controlled by an electronic access system, which can be operated in various ways. Some use a pin system and require you to physically enter a code into a keypad, others require you to hold a fob to a sensor, then others operate remotely through the use of a remote control, a vehicle detection system by sensing a transmitter kept in your vehicle or even an application on your mobile phone.


graphic showing methods of access for automatic gates

All of these are much quicker and easier than having to get out of your car and physically open the gate yourself, and will feature sensors that allow the gate to automatically close behind you without you having to get out of your car a second time.


Remote access systems are arguably the most convenient, since you don’t have to leave your car at all. This is particularly useful when it’s cold and/or raining outside, or when it’s dark outside and you don’t feel as safe leaving your car.


These systems are also easy to use when letting visitors into your property. Many feature an intercom system with a corresponding system in the house, allowing visitors to request access and you to press a button to open the gate for them from inside your home.


Increase Property Value

Because of all the aforementioned benefits, automatic gates ultimately can add to the overall value of your property. This is a strong consideration to keep in mind if you one day plan on selling your home, making these gates yet another way your initial investment will be returned to you.


Potential buyers are more likely to choose your property over others thanks to the combined security and convenience offered thanks to the incorporation of security gates, and your property even has the potential to sell quicker.


On top of that, automatic gates can also enhance the aesthetics of your property. Not only does this mean that you get to enjoy their visuals, but this in turn enhances the curb appeal of your property - another advantage for you when putting your home on the market, as it will capture the initial attention of potential buyers.


Automatic Gate Services by CM Gates & Barriers

So, now that you’ve read up on automatic gates and have learned all you need to know regarding their popularity and benefits, are you sold?


If the answer is yes (we strongly support this!), then find the ideal gate for your property today with the help of CM Gates & Barriers. Serving areas throughout Scotland, we offer an extensive range of both automatic sliding gates and swing gates, available in aluminium, wood and steel so that you can find a design that matches the aesthetic of your property.


If you’d like to enquire about the automated services we offer, then get in touch with us today. After initial contact, a member of our experienced team will do a site inspection to provide you with various options that are suitable for your property.

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