Automatic Aluminium Gates
We have a wide variety of aluminium gates in a range of styles and designs. From powder coated coloured designs to laser cut detail, there is a design to fit virtually any requirement.
Aluminium is highly resistant to corrosion, lightweight and durable, making it an ideal material for use in automated gates. Our designs can be powder coated giving a very wide range of possible finishes.
- Aluminium Gates
- Manual & Automatic Gates
- Sliding Aluminium Gates
- Metal Gates
- Powder coated gates
- Swinging Aluminium Gates
Automatic Aluminium Swinging Gates
Swing gates can comprise of either one gate leaf or two, and can be automated on either basis. Swing gates can also open inward or outward, depending on the location, terrain and other factors. The majority of swing automatic gate systems tend to be inward-opening twin-leaf.
Twin-leaf systems have the effect of halving the area into which each gate leaf opens, thereby limiting intrusion and generally speeding up the operation of the system. Outward-opening swing gate systems are usually installed where the road or driveway inclines, sometimes quite steeply, toward the property. By opening outward little modification in gate design is required, but consideration has to be given to the gate approach, access control and certain safety aspects.
However, under certain circumstances, inward swinging gates can be designed to navigate “up the hill” by means of special hinge arrangements, known as “kicking hinges” or “rising hinges”. Such systems can be installed where outward swinging gates are neither practical nor desirable.
Types of Automatic Aluminium Swinging Gate Systems
Swing gates can be powered by essentially three types of mechanisms
- Underground Automatic Gate Motors
- Surface Automatic Gate Rams
- Universal Arms (sometimes known as Articulated or Jointed Arms)
The latter two types of systems noted above are categorised as “above ground” systems. Underground motors are often referred to as “hidden” systems, since virtually nothing is visible above ground level. Within the first two types above, the drive units can be hydraulic or electro-mechanical in design. Some electro-mechanical systems operate at 240V AC, while others operate with high-efficiency low-voltage systems (typically 24V DC). Universal arms are always electro-mechanical in design.
Automatic Aluminium Gates – Underground Systems
In our experience these are by far the most popular types of systems, even though they tend to be more expensive to install than “above ground” systems. As a rule the equipment costs more because it is more complicated, plus it requires more time and skill to install.
Once installed they are far more aesthetically pleasing. In particular, where a new set of gates are to be installed, the “hidden” motors do not detract in any way from the look of the gates. However there are other factors which can favour underground systems: they generally do not require supporting steel posts, and they can be fitted neatly against new or existing pillars.
Due to their design they can open up to 180° – very useful in some driveways which “fan out” out behind the opening and where the gates might encroach on internal parts of the driveway. When fitted to outward opening gates they do not have motors on the outside, creating a clean aesthetic.
EDS are able to provide Wooden Gates, Oak Gates, Steel Gates, Stainless Steel Gates, Aluminium Gates and most other types of materials, please contact us for more details.