How To Install An Automatic Gate

If you’re currenting building, renovating or looking to upgrade your home, one of the best ways to enhance the security and convenience of your property is by installing an automatic gate. Automatic gates are popular for their ease of use, as they allow you to control access to your property from the comfort of your car. Rather than using manual gate systems, automatic gates allow you to open the gate by the click of a button. No need to get out of your vehicle. Save time and energy with the convenience of an automatic gate.

Whether you’re experienced with home improvements or it’s your first time holding a hammer — not to worry, we’re here to provide you with an easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to install an automatic gate. As a customer, if you have any questions along the way, contact our team and we’ll be happy to help you over the phone or by email.

Step 1: Determine the type of gate you want

The first step is to determine the type of gate you want. There are two main types of automatic gates: sliding and swinging. Swinging gates are the most popular, as they are easier to install and maintain. Sliding gates require more space, but they are ideal for properties with steep driveways or limited space. 

Sliding gates offer slightly more security than swinging gates as they’re unable to be pushed open. Although it would require an impressive amount of force to push open a closed swinging gate, sliding gates have a higher level of security. 

Sliding gates are more compact, requiring less space than swinging gates. Before choosing your gate, measure the area you wish to install the gate and determine your options. There’s a high chance that if you have a small area, then you might need to choose a sliding gate. 

Step 2: Choose your gate opener

Once you’ve determined the type of gate you want, the next step is to choose your gate opener. Although all gate openers will result in the same outcome (opening the gate), you might have personal preference on what kind of opener you choose. 

There are several types of gate openers, including electric, hydraulic, and solar. Electric openers are the most common and use a motor to open and close the gate. Hydraulic openers are more powerful and can handle heavier gates, while solar openers are ideal for off-grid properties. If you’re installing a gate for your home, an electric gate opener will be the most effective and best priced. 

Step 3: Install the gate

Now it’s time to install the gate. The installation process will vary depending on the type of gate you have chosen. Swinging gates are easier to install and typically require two posts to be cemented into the ground. Once the posts are in place, the gate can be attached to the posts using hinges.

What you will need:

– Drill

– Drill bits

– Screws

– Shovel

– Measuring tape

– Cement mix

How to install a sliding gate

Sliding gates usually have wheels that run along a track on the ground with guide rollers and a hard stop to keep the gate secured. The gate is powered by a motor that has a gear cog that connects to the bottom of the gate. The gate closes into a catcher bracket that will secure the gate when it’s closed, keeping it secure when there are winds

Sliding gates do need space for the gate to slide into. This space is generally the length of the driveway. If you don’t have this, you can use two or more panels that will stack when sliding open (telescopic gates). Alternatively, we would recommend choosing a swinging gate

The gate will run quietly and will require little maintenance.

Installing a sliding gate:

1. Measure the space you’re installing the gate and determine what kind of sliding gate you will install. 

2. Inspect the footing that the sliding gate’s track will be installed. 

3. Place the tracking on the ground where it’s being installed. Hold off on attaching to the footing as you’ll want to ensure the parts fit the space.

4. Fit the wheels to the bottom of the gate. 

5. Place the gate onto the loose track.

6. Run the gate over the track and ensure everything fits correctly. You will want to make sure there’s room above the gate for the guide rollers and that the gate should be parallel to the fence. Make any last adjustments before securing the track.

7. Take the loose gate off the track. Secure the track with fasteners where necessary. 

8. Fit the gate onto the track. 

9. Install the hard stop to prevent the gate opening further than needed when sliding open.

10. Install the keeper to keep the gate in place when closed. There are different keepers available depending on the style of gate you’ve chosen. If your gate is curved, you will require a different stopper that accommodates to the shape of your gate.

11. Install the motor just off the driveway. Motors can be main voltage, low voltage or solar powered.

This installation will alter depending on the gate that you choose.

How to install a swinging gate

Swinging gates open and close like a door, swinging on hinges attached to a stationary post. It is a popular option for residential, commercial, and industrial properties if the space permits.

Swinging gates come in two types: single and double. A single swinging gate is a single panel gate that swings open and closed, while a double swinging gate consists of two panels that swing open and closed in opposite directions. Double swinging gates are often used for wider driveways or entranceways where a single gate panel would be too narrow.

Installing a swinging gate:

1. Measure the width of your driveway where you want to install the gate. This measurement will determine the size of the gate panel you need to purchase. Once you have obtained the measurements, you can send them to our team at Mackson and we’ll design a gate to fit your specifications.

2. Dig holes for the gate posts with a post hole digger. The depth of the hole should be at least one-third the height of the post. Place the post in the hole and use a level to ensure it is straight. Fill the hole with concrete mix and allow it to dry according to the concrete manufacturer’s instructions.

3. Lift the gate panel and place it between the gate posts. Line up the hinges with the gate post hinges and attach the gate panel to the gate post hinges.

4. Attach the gate latch to the gate post using screws and a screwdriver. Make sure the latch lines up with the gate panel latch mechanism.

5. Test the gate to make sure it opens and closes smoothly. Make any necessary adjustments to the hinges or latch mechanism.

6. Once you are satisfied with the gate’s operation, fill the post holes with additional concrete mix and allow it to dry completely.

The instructions may differ depending on the type of swinging gate you choose. For double swinging gates, you will need additional pieces to secure where the two gates meet in the center. When you purchase your materials from Mackson, we will ensure you have everything you need to install your gate properly. 

Step 4: Install the gate opener

Once the gate is in place, it’s time to install the gate opener. The installation process will vary depending on the type of opener you have chosen. Electric openers typically require a motor to be attached to the gate and a control panel to be installed nearby. Hydraulic openers require a hydraulic pump to be installed, while solar openers require a solar panel to be installed nearby.

For obstacle safety sensors, there are devices installed that will trigger when the sensor recognises an obstruction, to prevent damage to the gate as well as the object obstructing. If the object breaks the laser beam from the parent sensor to the reflector, it triggers the gate to open, close, or stop, depending on the circumstances.

Step 5: Test the gate

Once the gate opener is installed, it’s time to test the gate. Test the gate several times to ensure it’s working correctly. Make sure the gate opens and closes smoothly and that the safety features are working correctly.

Step 6: Maintain your automatic gate

Finally, it’s important to maintain your automatic gate to ensure it continues to work correctly. Regularly check the gate for any signs of damage or wear and tear. Lubricate any moving parts, such as hinges or tracks, to ensure they continue to work smoothly. It’s also important to keep the control panel and safety features clean and free from debris.

As a customer, if you experience any issues or you believe you have installed your gate incorrectly, simply give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be more than happy to help.

If you’re still unsure whether an automatic gate is right for you, explore our resources on the Mackson website. We provide all the information you need to make an informed decision. Whether you want to learn more about automatic gates, understand their security features or you’re considering purchasing a manual gate – we’ll help you make the best decision for your home

In conclusion, installing an automatic gate can be a great way to enhance the security and convenience of your property. With these simple steps, you can install an automatic gate quickly and easily all by yourself (with your toolbox). 

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