10 Tips For Installing Security Gates

10 Tips For Installing Security Gates

When it comes to installing a new security gate for your home, there are several important factors that you will need to consider to ensure that the gate you choose is the best option for your home and specific needs.

1. Aesthetic appeal

Maintaining the aesthetic appeal of your property is particularly important for private homeowners and rental property owners. You want a security gate that will both improve the security of your home and also enhance its value by making it more appealing to potential buyers and renters.

If your budget allows it, you should consider investing in custom security gates tailor-made for your home. This is the best way to address both issues at once. Talk to a security gate installer about getting a design that suits the architecture of the premises and overall style requirements.

This way, you can get the protection you want without having to compromise on the appearance of your property.

2. Protection while you are away

If you own a holiday home, you are constantly worrying about your home being burglarized. This is a grim reality faced by many holiday homeowners. Being far from your property significantly increases the risk of your home being broken into or vandalized. It is therefore important to ensure that your home is as secure as possible.

While burglar bars offer an extra layer of protection, if a criminal is dedicated enough and has enough time, they can manage to break into your home. Security gates offer superior protection to holiday homes.

By installing retractable security gates as well as retractable shutters, you can rest assured that your home is well protected while you are away from home, and when you are there, you don’t have to look at unsightly security measures. The lock-up-and-go systems are ideal for holiday homes and self-catering BnBs.

3. Motorised and manual operation

Security gates are great at providing the additional level of protection that you need. However, they still have their limitations, especially manual gates. Homes with manual gates are often targeted by criminals as these gates are much easier to open than motorized gates. Also, you are more vulnerable to attacks since you have to get out and manually open the gate.

Motorized gates not only offer the added benefit of convenience, but they also ensure your safety in such situations. However, they are not completely full-proof. You may want to invest in a battery as a backup source of power or a manual use option in the event of a power failure or load shedding.

4. Quality of the gate

When it comes to ensuring the security of your property as well as your safety, you definitely want to invest in the best. With so many products on the market, you will want to be sure that the security gates you get meet industry safety standards. Our custom security gates use the best materials, have to meet stringent quality control requirements, and are thoroughly tested before installation.

It is also important that you find out whether the provider or installer offers a faulty quality guarantee. This will help ensure that you are covered and don’t have to pay for any out-of-pocket expenses in case of any problems with the gate.

5. Affordability

Understandably, one of the biggest concerns for homeowners looking to install custom security barriers is the costs involved. It is in your best interest that you get the best level of protection for your entire home for the lowest price possible.

To achieve this, you will need to do some shopping around, get multiple quotes and compare them. This will ensure that you get the best deal. Take a look at the range at gatesandautomationdirect.co.uk.

6. Think long-term

One of the most important areas of your home that you should never skimp on is security. Poor quality products and workmanship can end up costing you a lot more than you can afford to lose in the future in terms of maintenance, repairs, and property theft and damage.

Stainless steel bearings and aluminum inserts are highly recommended as they can withstand long-term use and require little maintenance. 

Among other things, you’ll also need to consider the type of finish and coating to the gate has a finish. Polyester base powder not only lasts longer but also has better UV resistance and is easier to clean.

7. Divide and conquer

If cost is an issue, but you still want to ensure the best level of security, you can choose to install retractable security gates in essential areas of your home first then add new security measures over time – something like a phased approach.

Since ensuring the security of your family at night is among your top concerns, the passage leading to your bedroom should be the first place to install a retractable gate. You can then focus on other key areas depending on your security requirements. But ideally, your next step should be to secure key entry points like the front and back doors, patios, and sliding doors. 

8. Consider available space

When stacked, a retractable security gate can take up an average of 20% of the width of the opening space. You will need to take this into careful consideration, especially if you regularly move things in and out of the room. 

9. Choose neutral colors

It is recommended that you select a neutral color for your retractable security gate as it will blend better into your home. Also, neutral colors have staying power and match all types of decor, which means that you will be covered even if you think about making changes later on. 

10. Double up

The best security often consists of a combination of systems. And when it comes to retractable security gates, they are most effective when they have a double-lock system. In emergency situations, a spring-loaded lock that automatically closes when the gate is slid closed can prove to be very helpful.

A standard deadlock system offers added security at night or when you are far from your property. On the other hand, a double lock ensures that the gate is securely closed and much more difficult to open.

We offer a wide range of options depending on your specific requirements.