Three Myths About Electric Gates Debunked

As leaders in the Auckland gate manufacture industry, we’ve heard a lot of myths and rumours about electric gates in our time. Often, we find that these are largely unfounded, but, understandably, people would have some reservations about automating something that they’re accustomed to operating manually.

That’s why today, we’re taking a look at the top three myths we hear about automated gates. If you’re thinking of installing or upgrading an electric gate and you’ve got concerns, read on—they might well be addressed right here!


When it comes to automatic gates, a major customer concern we come across is maintenance. Typically, people assume that newer, more complicated gates will require more upkeep. This idea likely stems from the fact that some materials do require more maintenance than others. Using restored or refurbished wood when trying to upgrade older gates can lead to a finished product that requires a bit of upkeep, but by and large, the simple switch to a mechanical gate opener shouldn’t require more maintenance.

Of course, on the off chance that something mechanical does break-down, we’re not about to leave you to fix it yourself. Talk to us about our gate maintenance services and what we can offer you from the beginning in terms of ongoing servicing and repair.

Battery Life 

Another major concern we see is power supply. This makes total sense—it’s a whole new element of your entry system that may not have existed before. It makes sense that many people would assume power supply is going to be a hassle, as they’ve never dealt with it previously.

Thankfully, many modern electric gates’ batteries don’t need any attention at all. Most models have a back-up battery that can work for about 8 hours which should tide you over until another power source can be connected. There is also always the possibility of switching the gate to operate manually which would allow you to open the gate by hand, meaning you will always be able to access your property.

The best thing you can do about this concern is to ask a specialist. Everyone’s home is a little bit different, and that means everyone’s front gate power supply needs a different solution. Talk to us about the best option for you.


Finally, we have cybersecurity. Over the past few years, cybersecurity has become a much more important topic for homeowners, as domestic ‘smart’ tech has become more popular.

However, a lot of the headlines and news articles shared online focus on much more advanced smart-home technologies than your trusty automated gate. Electric gates simply don’t have that many vulnerabilities to exploit. In many ways, an electric gate is the best thing you can do for your basic home security, as these are often more difficult than manual gates to force open.

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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