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By Greg Bishop

Gate Opener Installation: Key Considerations

Assessing Space for Automated Gate Installation

As a homeowner, you have decided to invest in your home security and would like to install an automated gate operating system. As a gate professional, I immediately think of several questions: What should it look like, what brand of operator should I use, etc.

However, the first question that you actually need to ask yourself is: Can I even have a gate?

The feasibility of installing sliding or swinging automated gates must be determined by evaluating available space, driveway conditions, and surrounding landscaping.

First off, Do I have room to install a sliding gate?

Typically, the space required is the width of the driveway that you want to put the gate on, plus 3 feet. A 16 foot gate would require about 19 feet to slide into when open. Are the driveway and slide area reasonably level? Is there landscaping that needs to be removed?

This is an image of a wood swing automatic gate in front of a residential home.
Gate technicians repairing old electric automated gate that needs maintenance.

Choosing the Right Automated Gate

Understand the different types of automated gates, including considerations for swing and sliding mechanisms, to select the best option for your property.

What about a swinging gate? For swinging gates the driveway should be level under the swing area of the gate. Gates that swing over anything more than a very gentle slope are difficult or impossible to automate. Ground mounted swing gate operators require an additional 2 feet (minimum) to 3 feet of side room from the hinge post. Gate actuators, which mount on the gate and hinge post require 9 inches of side-room.

Driveway length is also important. Can a full-size vehicle park on the driveway without interfering with the operation of the gate and any garage doors?

Compliance and Safety for Gate Installation

Another consideration is what to do about pedestrians. Automated gate system manufacturers, as well as governing codes (UL325) all specify that a pedestrian gate be provided. Remember, pedestrians are not permitted to walk through a vehicular gate.


Ensure Your Automated Gate's Longevity and Safety

Considering installing an automated gate on your property? Ensure it remains functional and safe over the years with our dedicated maintenance services. Visit our Automatic Driveway Gate Maintenance page to learn how regular upkeep can prevent common issues and extend the life of your gate, providing you with security and peace of mind.

Expert Advice on Automated Gate Systems

Entry Systems recommends discussing your project with an experienced, licensed gate installation company.  As a company with over 45 years experience, we are ready to assist you, please give us a call.