Choose the Best Electric Gate Openers

Once you have decided between a sliding or cantilever gate or you are wanting to automate the gates you already have, you will need to choose a motor. Both of these gate types use the same type of motors and have the same requirements for choosing the suitable electric gate openers.

With so many options, it can seem a daunting task to pick the gate kit that is perfect for your installation. Please use this guide to help you in your selection.

There are fewer factors to consider when buying a sliding gate motor than a swing gate motor. The main 2 are the width of the gate and the intensity at which it needs to operate.

How wide is the gate?

This is a really important consideration when choosing your motor. Each motor has a maximum width of gate that they are able to move, this is specified by the manufacturer.

The distance that you need to measure is the width of the opening. Sliding and cantilever gates have overhangs, you do not need to include these in the measurement because it is the distance of travel that is important.

Motor operating widths are calculated to the nearest metre so if you have a 4.5m gate opening then you will need to round the figure up and choose an operator capable of moving a 5m gate.

What is the total weight of your gate?

The weight of your gate is not quite as critical an issue as it would be for a swing gate but there are some operators will have a specified weight limit. These tend to be operators which are rated for residential use. It is assumed that the very large, commercial gates will be extremely heavy and these types of motors take this in to account, you will rarely find a stated weight for this type of motor.

If you are unsure of the weight of your gate, the best thing to do would be to take a picture and send it to us along with the width and detail of what the gate is made from i.e. timber, composite material, aluminium, iron, palisade and from that, we can tell you what the best motor is going to be.

How much use are your gates going to have per day?

The demands on a residential driveway gate kit are going to be far less than that of a commercial premises.

Residential – These will operate as many times in a day as are required for normal family and household use. They are designed for gates which are of a standard driveway size.

Multi resident properties & offices – A property which has more vehicle access requirements per day will need a higher grade motor, one which is rated for more intensive usage. The cycle speeds are usually a little faster with this type of opener but is still designed to operate a gate of similar size and weight to a standard residential gate. If you share a driveway, have a small office car park or live in a small apartment block then these motors may well be suitable.

Light commercial – This type of premises will tend to have a wider entrance gate to accommodate larger vehicles and also have more frequent cycle demands placed on them. These gate openers can suit larger office car parks and small scale industrial units.

Commercial – These motors are rated for intensive daily / hourly use and can move very large and heavy gates. These are perfect for industrial premises requiring frequent and rapid HGV and traffic access.


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