Automatic or Manual: Which Gate Is Better?

When it comes to modern timber or aluminium gates, you want to make the best choice possible for your property. Not only are front gates the cornerstone of the first impression you make with your guests, they’re also vital for home security. Choosing the best gate for you and your home goes beyond simply selecting materials—you need to consider the differences between automatic and manual gates as well.

This process applies to both commercial and residential gates, but let’s focus primarily on residential gates. Should you install a manual or automatic gate for your home? Read on to find out more about each type and learn which one will better meet your needs.

Manual Gates

Manual gates come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they’re always hand-operated, rather than using any electric mechanism. They may also have latches and locks that can be operated by hand.

These types of gates are more traditional, and can be very stylish in some areas, especially where security is a lower priority. That’s not to say that manual gates are necessarily always less secure—some manual gates can be very secure depending on their design—but many consumers will assume that they are less focused on security regardless. Some gates are better suited to a manual look than others, for example a traditional wooden gate can be complimented with a classic latch which gives a more rustic, stylish feel.

Manual gates may also operate in numerous ways. Sliding gates are popular designs, since the rolling wheels and tracks make it easier to move a larger gate by hand. Swing gates are also possible and are popular for pedestrian gates as they are lighter and usually don’t require automation.

Automatic gates

Since they were first designed, automatic gates have been considered a luxury. These days, automatic gates are much more accessible, as the technology involved in the electric mechanism of the gate has become more common over time. It’s more likely than ever for homes of all price-points to include an automated gate.

The primary reason these gates are so popular is convenience. Gates that don’t need to be operated by hand can typically be operated instead from the comfort of your car. This is greatly preferable during different weather patterns, and also helps minimise the security risks that are associated with conventional locks and keys. Many automated gates have additional options regarding security, like keypads or car-sensors.

The only real drawback to automated gates is their requirement of a power supply but there are many ways to manage this, depending on the type of gate and the specifics of the installation’s location. If the convenience and security of an automatic gate feels more up your alley, the sleek look and feel of an aluminium gate may be enticing.

Unfortunately, Prestige no longer manufacture Gates.


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Founded in 1992 Prestige Doors and Gates began as a home based, family owned retailer of garage doors. After receiving requests from multiple architects for a complete solution for both garage doors and gates we decided to take the challenge and that is what has led us to this niche in which we specialise today.




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