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Facts You Need to Know Before You Choose from a Selection of Everett Driveway Gates

An automated driveway gate is a purchase that can add value and appeal to your Everett, Washington property. Get the details now and you’ll be knowledgeable at every step.

Driveway Gate Permits

Depending on where you live, it may be necessary to get a gate permit before you install your driveway gate. Everett City Hall will certainly help you determine whether you are required to get a gate permit, and if so, how to apply for it. Contact them early in the process to prevent delay when it is time to install your driveway gate. It is also important to ensure your installation technician has the necessary electrical permit to be carrying out the work.

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Electricity to Power Your Gate

Electrical power is vital when installing Everett driveway gates – you’ll need a source of power to open and close your driveway gate. Check to see if you have a source of power near your gate location. If there is no electricity nearby, solar power is a great option, even in cloudy Everett, Washington. Solar power can provide power to your driveway gate and could even be more economical over time.

Security and Access Control

In Everett, and many other areas, security is often the number one reason a family invests in automated driveway gate. Your access control system makes things simple for you to monitor who comes in and out. The gate that deters would-be hooligans from entering your property is the same gate that provides easy access to members of your family, friends and delivery truck drivers. The amount and frequency of people entering and exiting through your home driveway gate determines the most suitable type of access control system to select for your location. Popular driveway gate access systems in Everett include keyless, digital entry pads (like a 4-digit code), card readers, intercoms, and telephone entry systems.

Types of Driveway Gates

When it comes to Everett driveway gates, there are two basic types: slide and swing. Space is usually the determining factor for the type of driveway gate you choose. If your Bellevue home has plenty of space on either side of your entrance or a very short driveway, a sliding gate (which slides across the driveway), is usually the most suitable choice. However, if the space on either side of your driveway is limited, and you have extra driveway space, a swinging gate (that opens parallel to the driveway), is often the best fit. A reputable driveway gate professional will visit your Everett home to evaluate the size and layout of your entry and driveway first-hand. Then they can make recommendations that consider both the space and your ideas for your property.

Driveway Gate Repair and Maintenance

Our rainy Everett weather is hard on automated driveway gates. Regular maintenance for your driveway gate system offers benefits similar to routine car maintenance – it helps you extend the useful life of your driveway gate as long as possible. A vehicle gate that doesn’t function properly could leave your Everett home susceptible for criminal activity or pose a potential safety risk. Getting the correct driveway gate manuals and having a proper walk-through when your gate installation is completed, is essential to being aware of your driveway gates’ functionality – helping you to know when to request automated gate maintenance or repair.

Safety Features

Without safety features such as those discussed here, an automated driveway gate can pose significant safety risks. Safety devises can prevent individuals from being trapped by the gate and protect vehicles from damage. These are some standard safety features to consider. The edges of gates are “contact” devices that activate when they are touched, using sensors with pressure sensitivity . If an obstacle is encountered, the device tells the automated gate to stop and/or reverse. Photo eyes are “non-contact” devices that operate by emitting a light beam across the opening of the gate. Interrupting this light beam prevents the electric gate from closing, or will stop the gate and cause it to reverse its direction. Loop detectors, primarily meant for vehicle safety, are installed underneath the driveway and command the gate to open or prevent it from closing on a vehicle in the path of the gate.

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