How to automate existing gates in Dublin

How to automate existing gates in Dublin

If you already have a set of gates on your driveway and they are in good condition, then you can automate them.
Don't be mis-led by someone telling you that you need new gates. You don't - with maybe one or two exceptions, which I'll explain below.

Here's what you need to know.
If your existing gates are in good operating condition - i.e. they open and close by hand pretty freely. And if they align properly in the centre when closed - i.e. they don't jam together. And they're not a rusting or crumbling mess - we can show you how to automate existing gates in Dublin.

Automate existing gates in Dublin

You can automate any existing gates .

Existing swing type gates an be automated. By installing either an overground gate automation system, or an underground gate automation system

Using an overground automation system is the faster and least expensive way of doing it. The gates don't have to be taken down or modified. The existing hinges are left in place and the automation is added to the inside of the gates. Each gate has a motor attached. One end of the motor is attached to the pillar and the other end to the gate.

There are a few different types of overground automation. There are ram type operators and articulated arm operators. They type that will be used will depend on the type of gate and how the gate is positioned on the pillars.

There are certain geometric requirements for each type. I don't want to get too technical, but just be aware that certain gate arrangements require certain types of automation. Overground gate automation is super reliable - simply because the motors are above the ground and there is no way for water to become an issue.

Underground gate automation is probably a little more popular here in Ireland. Probably because no-one really wants to be able to see the motors. With an underground gate automation system, the gates must be taken down. The bottom hinge of the existing gates are done away with and the motors will become the bottom hinges. The motors are mounted in steel foundation casings (or boxes). These boxes are concreted into the ground below the gates. The gates are then re-positioned on top of the moors and welded in place. Quite often and slight modification of the bottom of the gates will be required to facilitate the motors.

The underground gate automation system is hidden from view. But that also comes with a drawback. Underground gate automation systems need regular maintenance. Because they are in the ground, there is a risk of the foundation casings becoming flooded. Short term flooding is not a problem.

The problem occurs when the drains in the foundation casings become blocked with leaves and mud. The water becomes trapped in the boxes. And water makes its way into the motors. As you know, water and electricity do not mix. So it's better to get the maintenance done at least once a year or faults can be expensive to repair.

So there you have it. Hopefully you now know a little bit about how to automate existing gates in Dublin - or anywhere else for that matter!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Adrian@AutoGateIreland.com