How Much Do Electric Gates Cost?
Electric gates offer convenience, security and an aesthetic upgrade to your entrance, making them a desirable addition to any home or business. If you’re contemplating the installation of electric gates, it’s important that you have a clear picture of the associated costs.
Therefore, to help you understand the cost of electric gates, below we delve into the various factors that influence the overall cost.
✓ Fact: Installing electric gates may require planning permission and adherence to your local regulations.
Why Are Electric Gates Becoming More Popular?
Installing electric gates offers several compelling benefits, each of which contributes to enhancing the overall security, convenience and aesthetic appeal.
The first and most obvious benefit is the security it provides for property owners and this is because electric gates act as a formidable deterrent to potential intruders. They serve as a physical barrier that restricts unauthorized access, providing peace of mind and safeguarding both your family and possessions. In the UK, where property crime remains a concern, this heightened security aspect is particularly relevant.
Secondly, electric gates offer a substantial boost in convenience. With the ability to control gate access remotely, whether through a key fob or smartphone app, you can conveniently manage who enters your property, eliminating the need for manual operation. This feature is especially advantageous in inclement weather or during late-night arrivals when getting out of your vehicle to open the gate might be less desirable.
Furthermore, electric gates can significantly enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property. They come in various designs and materials, allowing for customisation that aligns with your architectural style and personal preferences. The visual impact of a well-designed electric gate can be substantial, contributing to an improved overall curb appeal.
Beyond these immediate advantages, electric gates can also increase property value. Potential buyers and tenants often perceive them as an attractive feature, given the security and convenience they offer. Therefore, investing in an electric gate can yield a return on investment in terms of property resale or rental value.
What Issues Arise From Installing Electric Gates?
While installing electric gates can bring many benefits, there are potential issues that may arise such as the following:
- Cost: Electric gates can be a significant financial investment (as we discuss in this article). The initial installation cost includes the gate itself, automation equipment, wiring and sometimes additional features like intercom systems or cameras.
- Maintenance: They require regular maintenance to ensure they operate correctly and safely. Components like hinges, motors and safety sensors can wear out or become faulty over time, leading to potential breakdowns if not properly maintained.
- Power Outages: During power outages, electric gates may become inoperable. Therefore, it’s essential to have backup power options in place such as battery backups or manual overrides to ensure continued access in emergencies.
- Legal & Planning Permissions: In some cases, installing electric gates may require planning permissions or adherence to local regulations. Failure to comply with these legal requirements can lead to fines or forced removal of the gate.
- Noise: Depending on the design, electric gates can produce noise during operation, which may disturb neighbours, especially if the gate is frequently used.
If you are willing to pay the associated electric gate costs, we believe that the benefits far outweigh the drawbacks.
How Much Do Electric Gates Cost?
The cost of electric gates in the UK typically ranges from £2,000 to £5,000 for basic models, while more advanced systems with additional features can go up to £10,000 or more.
However, there are many factors that dictate the electric gate’s overall cost. For example, basic single-swing or sliding gates with standard automation technology can start at around £2,000 to £3,000 (excluding installation). However, the overall cost can increase significantly based on customisation and features. For instance, high-quality materials like iron or hardwood can substantially raise the price. Adding features such as intercom systems, keyless entry or advanced safety sensors can also contribute to higher costs.
The complexity of the installation also plays a crucial role. For example, if the property requires extensive groundwork, additional electrical work or modifications for gate placement, these factors can lead to increased installation expenses.
To give you an idea of the associated electric gate costs, below is a table that provides approximations:
|Electric Gate Size & Features||Cost Range (Approximate)|
|Single Swing Gate (Basic)||£2,000 – £4,000|
|Single Swing Gate (High-End)||£4,000 – £8,000|
|Double Swing Gate (Basic)||£3,000 – £6,000|
|Double Swing Gate (High-End)||£6,000 – £12,000|
|Single Sliding Gate (Basic)||£2,500 – £5,000|
|Single Sliding Gate (High-End)||£5,000 – £10,000|
|Double Sliding Gate (Basic)||£3,500 – £7,000|
|Double Sliding Gate (High-End)||£7,000 – £15,000|
|Additional Features (e.g., intercom, keyless entry, safety sensors)||£500 – £2,000 or more per feature|
What Factors Impact The Cost of Electric Gates?
1. Gate Type
The type of gate you choose has a substantial influence on cost. For example. common options include single swing, double swing, single sliding gates and double sliding gates. In terms of the most expensive, sliding gates tend to be more costly due to the additional track and automation required.
The choice of materials for your gate greatly affects the cost and they can include wrought iron, aluminium, wood, steel and PVC. High-end materials like wrought iron or hardwood are the most desirable and they typically cost more than aluminium or steel.
The size of the gate, both in terms of width and height impacts the cost before you even consider customisation. This is because, as you would imagine, larger gates require more materials, stronger automation systems and potentially a more complex installation, all of which contribute to higher costs.
4. Automation Technology
The level of automation and technology you desire can significantly affect the price. Basic automation includes a motor and remote control, while more advanced options might include features like smartphone integration, keyless entry or intercom systems.
Customisation options such as ornate designs, decorative elements or unique finishes can increase the cost of the gate. These customizations often require specialized craftsmanship. Accessories such as gate locks, keypads or additional remote controls may also incur additional expenses.
The complexity of the installation is a major factor because sites with uneven terrain, challenging access or the need for significant groundwork may require additional labour and materials.
Factoring in ongoing maintenance costs is essential. Regular maintenance is necessary to keep the gate operating smoothly and safely.
8. Warranty & Quality
High-quality components and reputable brands often come with higher upfront costs but can provide long-term reliability and durability. Therefore, it’s always worth considering the warranty offered with the gate and its components when assessing costs.
What Are The Costs of Maintaining An Electric Gate?
- Regular Servicing: Routine servicing by a professional is crucial to ensure the gate functions smoothly and safely. This typically includes inspections, lubrication, adjustments, and safety tests. The cost of servicing can range from £100 to £300 or more per service, depending on the complexity of the gate and the service provider.
- Replacement Parts: Over time, components such as motors, sensors, control boards and safety features may require replacement. The cost of these replacement parts varies depending on the specific component and the brand. Therefore, you’ll want to budget for occasional part replacements in your maintenance costs.
- Battery Replacement: If your electric gate relies on a backup battery, it’ll need periodic replacement, usually every 2-5 years. Battery replacement costs vary based on the type and size of the battery but typically range from £50 to £200 or more.
- Cleaning & Painting: Maintaining the aesthetic appearance of the gate may require periodic cleaning and repainting, especially if it’s exposed to harsh weather conditions.
- Remote Control Replacement: If you use remote controls to operate your gate, you may need to replace them if they become lost or damaged. The cost depends on the type and brand of remote control.
What Is Involved When Installing Electric Gates?
The installation of electric gates involves several steps and the timeline can vary depending on factors such as the gate’s type, complexity and site conditions. To give you an idea of what’s involved, below is a summary of the typical steps to install electric gates:
- Site Assessment & Planning: The process begins with a site assessment to determine the best gate type, size and location.
- Gate Fabrication: If custom gates are required, the fabrication process begins. This can take a few weeks depending on the complexity of the design and materials chosen.
- Foundation & Infrastructure: The installer will prepare the site by creating foundations for gate posts, running electrical wiring and ensuring proper groundwork.
- Gate Installation: Once the infrastructure is in place, the gates are installed. This typically involves attaching the gate to its hinges or track, connecting it to the automation system and conducting initial tests.
- Automation & Wiring: The automation system, including motors, sensors and control panels is installed and connected to the gate.
- Programming & Setup: The automation system is programmed for various functions such as open/close times and user access control.
- Final Inspection & Adjustments: The installer conducts a final inspection, making any necessary adjustments to ensure the gate operates smoothly and safely. They’ll also provide training on how to use the gate and all of its features.
- Documentation & Handover (1 day): Documentation, including manuals and warranty information is provided and the installer officially hands over the system to the property owner.
Can You Install Electric Gates Yourself?
Installing electric gates is a complex task that involves electrical work, automation technology and gate mechanics. While it’s technically possible to install them yourself, it’s generally not recommended due to safety concerns and the potential for mistakes. Electric gates are heavy and have safety features that require precise configuration to prevent accidents. On top of this, many regions, including the UK, have specific regulations for gate installations, which professional installers are well-versed in to ensure compliance.
Hiring a professional installer also provides the benefit of warranties, ongoing support and the use of specialized tools and equipment. Attempting a DIY installation may lead to voiding warranties, property devaluation and unexpected delays.
Ultimately, to ensure a safe, compliant and efficient electric gate installation, it’s wise to rely on experienced professionals in the field.
Sliding vs. Swinging Operation
When deciding between a swinging and sliding electric gate, it’s important that you consider all the pros and cons. To help you come to a decision, below are the standout benefits and drawbacks of each type of operation:
- Space-Efficient: Sliding gates are ideal when space is limited as they don’t require as much clearance area when compared to swinging gates.
- Suitable for Sloped Driveways: They work well on sloped driveways where a swing gate may not operate effectively.
- Secure & Stable: Sliding gates are known for their stability and security, providing a strong barrier when closed.
- Higher Initial Cost: Sliding gates can be more expensive to install due to the additional track and automation required.
- Maintenance Complexity: The track and mechanism require periodic maintenance, which can add to long-term costs.
- Basic sliding gate installation: £2,500 – £5,000.
- High-end sliding gate with advanced features: £5,000 – £10,000 or more.
- Lower Initial Cost: Swing gates are typically more affordable to install, making them a cost-effective option.
- Simple Maintenance: Swing gates have fewer moving parts, leading to simpler and potentially cheaper maintenance.
- Aesthetic Versatility: They offer a wide range of design possibilities and materials to match your property’s aesthetics.
- Space Requirements: Swing gates need clearance space for opening, which can be impractical in tight spaces or on sloped driveways.
- Limited Security When Open: Swing gates provide less security when open as they create an open entrance.
- Basic swinging gate installation: £2,000 – £4,000.
- High-end swinging gate with advanced features: £4,000 – £8,000 or more.
Wooden vs. Wrought Iron Gates
By far the two most common materials used within an electric gate are wood and wrought iron and we often get asked which is the best. Although the decision mostly comes down to personal preference, below are the pros and cons of each:
Wooden Electric Gates
- Aesthetic Appeal: Wooden gates offer a classic and natural look that complements various architectural styles.
- Customisation: They can be easily customized in terms of design, stain or paint colour and decorative elements to match your property’s aesthetics.
- Privacy: Wooden gates can offer greater privacy due to their solid construction.
- Maintenance: Wooden gates require regular maintenance, including sealing, staining or painting to protect against weathering, rot and pests.
- Durability: While durable, wooden gates may not be as resistant to extreme weather conditions or impacts as wrought iron gates.
- Cost: High-quality wooden gates can be expensive, especially when customised or made from premium wood species.
- Basic wooden gate installation: £3,000 – £5,000.
- High-end wooden gate with advanced features: £5,000 – £10,000 or more.
Wrought Iron Electric Gates:
- Durability: Wrought iron gates are exceptionally durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions, making them a long-lasting investment.
- Security: They offer a high level of security and visibility, providing a clear view of the property.
- Low Maintenance: Wrought iron gates require less maintenance than wooden gates (periodic painting or rust prevention is usually sufficient).
- Versatility: They are available in a wide range of designs, from traditional to modern and can be customized with decorative elements.
- Cost: Wrought iron gates can be more expensive upfront, particularly if they are customized or feature intricate designs.
- Weight: They are heavier than wooden gates, which may require more robust automation systems and support structures.
- Aesthetic Preference: While versatile, some property owners may prefer the natural and warm look of wood over the industrial appearance of wrought iron.
- Basic wrought iron gate installation: £4,000 – £6,000.
- High-end wrought iron gate with advanced features: £6,000 – £12,000 or more.
Hopefully our guide on the cost of electric gates has answered all your questions but if not, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible. Whether you opt for a sliding electric gate or double swing gate, both come with several benefits and they are a worthwhile investment that won’t disappoint.
Written By Danny Morgan
Danny is a property developer by trade with over 15 houses successfully rennovated from the bottom up but other than rennovating houses, he's also a car enthusiast with multiple classic and performance cars.
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