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Gate Automation & access control

A wide range of driveway and automatic gates in Cornwall

Secure your property with our expert range of stylish security gates

More and more homeowners are opting for automatic gates for a variety of reasons; whether that´s for privacy, security or convenience in our increasingly busy lives. At South West Garage Doors we have automation that is tailored to you and your needs – we can install brand new electric gates, or automate your existing driveway gates to make your life easier without compromising on style.

We can supply, install and repair gate automation systems from all the leading manufacturers, such as FAAC, Came, BPT, Gibidi, Benninca and Nice; so you can be sure to find a gate access control option to suit you and the level of security you require. Whether you need an intercom system to identify visitors at the gate, or remote controls for your sliding gates, get in touch today to discuss how our range could benefit you.

We use BFT for our automation systems; we have done so for years, we find it extremely reliable. We are also their installer of choice for the south west region, we have a strong relationship.
BFT make electromechanical and hydraulic systems, so there is always something to suit your gates. Hydraulic systems are normally used for high usage systems or large heavy gates, they offer unrivalled duty cycles and reliability. For example, the underground sub ram will do gates of 800 kgs per leaf up to 500 times in 24 hours, impressive!
The electromechanical systems are also very good but more suited to smaller gates in domestic properties where these heavy duty cycles don’t occur.

We have a range of access control systems to control your gate as required. Remote controlled operation is standard with all systems. Some people like to leave the gates open all day and have them closed in the evening. This can be done automatically with a timer, so you don’t forget to close them in the evening.

If you want to keep your gate closed at all times, maybe you need the extra security or you have young children and pets require locking in, then you may wish to consider an intercom system. Intercoms can work in many ways. Hardwired systems are good if it’s easy to get cables back to the house. You can then have audio and even video option with small videophones in the house. If cabling is difficult then we also have wireless and GSM options depending on the distance between the house and gate.

The Videx GSM intercoms work with the mobile phone network. There is a SIM card installed onto the intercom, so that it can connect to the network with best signal. When a visitor arrives, the press the button on the intercom and it will dial whatever number is programmed into the SIM, normally the house. We can also set it up to divert to your mobile if there is no answer at the house. The gate can be opened by pressing 3 on the hand set if you choose to grant access.

Whilst access control is designed to limit access, its nice to be able to give a ‘free exit’ to everyone wishing to leave. This can be done with an induction loop installed in the drive. This senses vehicles as they approach the gates and open the gates automatically.

If gate automation is something you want to consider, we will come to site to survey it for you. We can help you with all of the little details that will make this installation work seamlessly for you. After some discussion we can the submit or formal quotation for you to consider. If you wish to proceed’ installation normally takes place 4-6 weeks after order, installation normally take between 1 and 3 days to complete.

When installation is complete we will impact test the gates to ensure they are safe and comply with all current legislation. As responsible, quality installers, we want our gates to be safe for you and your family, we take this seriously.

On installation, all gates are impact tested to ensure they are safe and compliant. Here is a picture of a force test in action
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