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Electric gate installers near me

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If you’re looking to level up your home security – or you simply can’t be bothered to get in and out of the car each time you pull up to your driveway gate – an electric gate will be right up your street. Here, we’ll explore everything you need to know about hiring electric gate installers near you, from where to find them to how much they tend to charge.

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Your questions answered about electric gate installation near you

What does an electric gate installer do?

Electric gate installers are technicians who can install or replace electric gates of many different kinds. These can include sliding, driveway and pedestrian gates, with the motors placed above or below ground.

Electric gate installation companies will usually also be experienced in installing a range of electric gate accessories. An example is wireless video intercom systems.

Can I install my own electric gates?

Yes, you can legally install your own electric gates. In fact, there are plenty of DIY electric gate kits available to buy. These help you to automate your existing gates without the help of a professional.

That said, we’d strongly recommend leaving the job to professional electric gate installers. Not only can it be a minefield working out what kind of electric gate is most appropriate for your needs. But if an electric gate isn’t installed correctly or to the legal standards, this can have serious safety implications.

An experienced electric gate installer will be able to visit your property to conduct a thorough assessment. They’ll then be able to install the right gate for your property, to a standard that will give it the best chance of withstanding daily wear and tear.

What are the disadvantages of electric gates?

Electric gates come with tons of obvious benefits, but what about the downsides?

The main disadvantage of electric gates is that they need power to function. If you choose to run your system on mains electricity, this means that losing power will also mean losing control of your gates. It’s best to plan for a backup generator in case your electricity cuts out.

As you’d expect, electric gates also cost more than manual ones and will ideally need to be maintained and installed by a professional.

Do you need planning permission for electric gates?

That depends on where you’re hoping to install your electric gate and how tall you want it to be. Usually, if your gate opens onto a public highway, you’ll need it to be one metre or less in height to avoid seeking planning permission. However, if you’re replacing an existing gate, fence or wall with an electric gate, you’ll usually just need it to be the same height or less.

Your electric gate installer should be able to advise you on whether planning permission is needed given your specific circumstances. They should also be able to help you come up with a design that avoids the need for planning permission. However, if in doubt, we’d always recommend checking with your local planning authority.

Do electric gates add value to a house?

Some estimates say that electric gates could add up to 5% to the value of a house. This is because the added security and kerb appeal they bring are likely to increase your property’s saleability.

That said, there’s no guarantee that electric gates will add value to your house. It’s important to remember that there are lots of other factors at play too – such as where you live.

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Why hire an electric gates company near me?

There are lots of reasons why we’d recommend working with an electric gate company near you instead of attempting installation yourself.

A professional installer will conduct a thorough assessment of your property and needs. This will ensure that you end up with a high-quality result that’s well-suited to you and your home. For instance, they’ll assess things like the weight of your gates, how regularly you’ll use them, the proximity to traffic and pedestrians, the level of the ground at your property and what the drainage is like.

These factors all require experience in order to be dealt with properly. If you install your own electric gates, it’s easy to miss small details that could negatively impact your electric gates’ safety, reliability and durability.

In particular, if an electric gate isn’t installed correctly or to the legal standards, this can have serious safety implications.

Ultimately, paying a professional to install your electric gates is a small price to pay for peace of mind that the work has been carried out safely and correctly. It’s also likely to reduce your costs in the long run as you’ll end up with a high-quality installation that will last long into the future and shouldn’t need repairing or replacing any time soon.

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How much does electric gates installation near me cost?

The cost of having electric gates installed can vary hugely depending on a number of factors. These include:

  • Size
  • Design
  • Material
  • Method of opening
  • Whether motors are placed above or below ground
  • Distance between your property and the gate

However, generally speaking, you can expect to pay anywhere from £1,500 to £5,000+ for the raw materials and anywhere between £2,000 to £3,000+ for the installation. Plus, you’ll need to add extra for accessories like an intercom.

Our guide to electric gate installation prices looks at costs in more detail.

How much does an electric gate cost to run UK?

Luckily, the cost of running an electric gate is very low in the UK. You can typically expect to pay around £15 per year.

That said, you’ll also need to budget for maintenance costs such as annual system checks, repair works and replacement parts. You can spread out these costs by taking out an electric gate maintenance plan. These tend to cost around £150 per year.

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How do I find reputable electric gate installers near me?

There are no legal requirements as to who can install an electric gate – so, you’re likely to find a range of trades offering electric gate installation, such as electricians, garden landscapers and security system installers. But while these trades all specialise in individual skills that are needed for electric gate installation, they’re unlikely to have a complete understanding of the unique safety requirements of an electric gate.

For this reason, we’d strongly advise working with a dedicated electric gate installer who can show you they have experience installing electric gates safely and effectively.

Often, electric gate installation companies will consist of various team members who all have different skills. For instance, they might have dedicated electricians who can wire up and check the electrical components as well as landscapers who can complete the groundwork. In this way, they can ensure that each part of the job is completed to a high standard.

To find reputable and experienced electric gate companies near you, we’d recommend:

  • Reading reviews
  • Asking friends and family for recommendations
  • Checking pictures of previous work
  • Making sure you don’t have to pay in full upfront

It’s also worth checking that any contractor you approach is able to show their compliance with current standards listed on the HSE website.

To browse a selection of the best electric gate installers near you, simply search your postcode on Checkatrade. Our members have to pass up to 12 rigorous checks and they get reviewed on a regular basis on things such as quality, reliability, punctuality and more. So, you can be confident that they’re quality tradespeople.

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