Snohomish Wood Driveway Gates
Facts You Need to Know Before You Invest in a one of our Wood Gates for Your Snohomish Home
An automated home driveway gate is an investment that can increase the value and appeal of your Snohomish residence. Get the details now and you’ll be well-prepared at every step.
Wood Gate Permits
Depending upon where you live, you may be required to obtain a driveway gate permit before installing your gate. Snohomish City Hall can let you know if you need a permit, and if so, how to get one. It is also important to ensure that your installation technician has an electrical permit before starting the electrical work on your installation.
Electricity to Power Your Gate
Electricity is essential when installing an automated driveway gate. Find out if you have a source of electricity near your gate location. If not, even in cloudy Snohomish, Washington, solar energy can easily power Snohomish wood driveway gates and could even be more affordable as time passes.
Security and Access Control
In Snohomish, and many other areas, safety is often the key reason a family purchases an automated driveway gate. The gate that deters would-be hooligans from entering your property is the same gate that allows easy access to relatives, friends and delivery truck drivers. Your access control system makes things simple for you to keep track of who comes in and out.
Popular driveway gate access systems in Snohomish include
- Digital entry pads (like a 4-digit code)
- Card readers
- Telephone entry systems
The amount and frequency of people entering and exiting through your home driveway gate determines the most effective types of access control devices to select for your home.
Types of Driveway Gates
When it comes to Snohomish wood gates, there are two basic types: slide and swing. Space is often the determining factor for the type 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), will probably be the right fit. However, if you are limited in space on either side of the entrance and you have extra driveway space, a swinging gate (that opens parallel to the driveway), is often the optimum fit. A reputable driveway gate expert will visit your Snohomish home to see 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 home.
Driveway Gate Repair and Maintenance
Our damp Eastside weather is hard on automated driveway gates. Routine maintenance for your driveway gate system offers benefits much like routine car maintenance – it helps you grow the functional life of your driveway gate as long as possible. A vehicle gate that doesn’t function properly could leave your Snohomish home at risk for criminal activity or pose a potential safety risk. Getting the correct manuals and having a proper walk-through when your gate installation is completed, is essential to being knowledgeable about your driveway gates’ functionality – helping you to know under what circumstances you should call for automated gate maintenance or repair.
Without safety features, an automated driveway gate can pose significant safety risks. Safety devises can prevent physical entrapment and protect vehicles. These are some standard safety features to think about.
- Gate edges function on a “contact” basis that operate when touched, using pressure to activate the device. If an obstacle is encountered, the device commands the automated gate to stop and/or reverse.
- Photo eyes are “non-contact” devices that operate by shooting a beam of light across the gate opening. Interrupting the beam will prevent the electric gate from closing, or will stop the gate and reverse its direction.
- Loop detectors, primarily meant for vehicle safety, are installed underneath the driveway and order the gate to open or prevent it from closing on a vehicle in the path of the gate