Security gates are something that most people don’t think about, but they’re an important part of keeping your family and business secure. Gates may be simple metal bars or more solid – with a multitude of materials – but having them gives you a number of core benefits.
Choosing a Security Door or Gate
The first thing you need to consider is whether you want a proper door or a gate. A gate is usually made with the ability to see through it, by using metal bars or similar materials that are spaced so you can see out of your property. This allows you to see who is outside the gate before you let them in. Metal gates are good and secure and can be automatic or manual, depending on your preference.
Doors are often solid and may be metal, fibreglass, or wood. They can be automatic or manual and may slide to the side or open outward/inward. If you use an electric gated home, you may have tracks so the doors can open fully, following the tracks.
The material used is also important and will determine the strength of the door. Metal is usually the preferred option, but fibreglass is also used in some cases. You’ll want to match the exterior decor of your home, so colour and form is worth considering.
You may want to add additional features to your door or gate, such as a video camera or intercom so you can check who is on the other side. You can also speak to visitors from the house this way, which is helpful not only for security – but being able to manage access from the comfort of your property.
Why You Should Consider Security Gates
If you’re still not sure if it’s worth installing a security gate, then the following benefits may help you make the decision.
Deter theft: When a burglar is looking for a home to raid, they are looking for easy targets. A security gate indicates that you take your security seriously and warns them not to bother trying. While it may not eliminate all possibility of burglary, it will definitely reduce the chances of someone attempting to get in. Should they do, it’s going to make life a lot harder.
Protect pets: Pets can run around the garden, even if you have a busy road outside, thanks to security gates. If there are petnappers in the area, you can also prevent your pets from being taken. Just be sure to select a gate that is built with small enough gaps to keep any pet inside.
Protect children: It can be terrifying to let your children run around outdoors without the correct safety precautions. Driveway gates help prevent children from getting out onto the road when you’ve activated it. You want your children to have plenty of outdoor time in the garden – without the usual risks associated with that – install some security and relax as your children play.
Enjoy privacy: A sturdy gate shows everyone that you mean business. If you have a corporate property that you don’t want anyone trespassing on, you can add security doors that prevent anyone from getting in when you don’t want them to.
Reduce insurance costs: For both businesses and homes, security measures can help reduce your insurance premiums. This is a great way to save money on insurance. Talk to your insurance provider ahead of time so you know exactly what improvements can help lower your premiums. Each company is different, so it’s best to find out what your company will work with.
Boost property values: Did you know that increased security means increased property value? You can increase the value of your property and business by adding features like security gates, cameras, and other system components to keep the place as safe as possible.
Enjoy peace of mind: You’ll feel safer and know that your belongings are safe, too, when you have a security gate. It’s just one part of what should be a full security system, if you really want to protect the property. You can add other layers of security to increase the protection.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to install security doors and gates. However, none of these will do much good if you don’t have a matching security wall around your property. You’ll need to put protective measures in place throughout.
The Safest Garage Doors
Your garage door can be the weakest link in your security, so you need to be sure you choose the right one. It should enhance your security, not reduce it.
Newer style doors are best. If your garage door is over seven or eight years old, it needs to be replaced, since the materials weaken over time and the door will simply wear out. Security features have also drastically improved over the years, so a new model will offer more security than an older model.
Roller or sectional doors are your best choice for security, since they are sturdy and present a strong front for your home. There’s no one place to break in, as with some other doors. If you select a garage door with a steel frame and ensure it forms a good seal, you have a nice, sturdy option for your home.
Automated garage doors are also the best option, since they allow you to stay in your vehicle while you open or close the door. Thanks to the design, it is also much harder to open an electric system by force. Choosing this, combined with a roller door, will ensure the utmost safety for your family or business.
Why an Automatic Gate Is Your Best Option
When it comes to security, you will find that automatic is the simplest way to increase the safeguard measures in your home or business. When you can automatically open your doors or gates, there’s no need to step out of your vehicle. This gives you the upper hand if anyone is lurking nearby, trying to get in.
Getting out of your vehicle can put you and others at risk, making you vulnerable. The only time a manual door is a good idea is when you have a gatehouse with a guard or two in it.
Automatic gates will also make it much easier to get in and out of your property during inclement weather. No one likes to step out into the rain and snow, just to open a gate, drive through and then go back to shut it. If you have an automated gate, it will slide or swing open for you as you approach and close again behind you, letting you stay warm and dry inside your vehicle.
If you’re getting a security door, you should really consider upgrading to automatic. The cost is a little more, but it’s well worth it, both in terms of safety and comfort.
Why You Need a Locksmith
A locksmith can also be handy to have on speed dial. They can help install your security systems and replace the locks on your doors if you have a security breach. When things go wrong and you can’t get into your place of business for some reason, a locksmith can help.
Locksmiths are also useful in recommending the best options for security gates and doors. They may even be able to install the system for you and will ensure its security.
If you’re in need of a safe to store your valuables or money, particularly in a business, your locksmith is the one to talk to. They can not only recommend the best option, but also install it for you and give you tips to keep your goods safe and secure.
Locksmiths will also make life much simpler when you get locked out of your home or if you have a bad breakup and need to change the locks. If you’re stuck outside, you can just call someone to take care of getting you in, rather than breaking a window and risking setting off the alarm.
Whether you’re interested in commercial applications or residential, there’s a security system available to you. All you need to do is get it installed. As long as you already have a fence around your property, you can quickly and easily add the security door or gate of your dreams and make your home that much safer.
Ready to secure your home with a security gate? Contact Anglia Group today to find out how we can help you.