It is known that many owners of country houses are also car owners. Based on this fact, in the process of building or buying a house and, accordingly, a garage, they have to think not only about a good and attractive entrance to the site, but also about the organization of convenient entry and exit.
In other words, to think about installing an appropriate entryway in the fence: the center entrance and the garage entrance. Many people think of the idea of installing a beautiful swing gate during such thoughts.
Requirements for fences and areas of entrance areas
The fencing and including the entry area (gate) shall be as strong and rigid as possible. The area shall be reliably protected against trespassing, burglary-resistant and withstand other mechanical impacts.
The design of the gate must have optimum weight, be heavy enough and therefore resistant to strong gusts of wind. At the same time, it should not be very bulky. The process of opening and closing the sashes manually should take place. The same requirement applies to the use of an automatic drive.
Another requirement has to do with the exterior design of the gate. Since this part of the exterior design of the house is the most visible, its appearance must meet aesthetic requirements and the question of design must be carefully worked out.
Today, metal swing gates are increasingly in demand. The main attraction is the robustness of the construction, the external design and the automatic control system for the movement of the blades.
In addition, it is also important that the idea of making a swing gate with their own hands is not classified as a fantasy, but quite feasible.
The main advantages of installing swing gates
Reasonable price of the finished product in comparison with analogues of other types of entrance fences.
Not difficult to install. This applies primarily to those who have decided not to resort to professional help and conduct the work themselves. Of course, if you have certain skills and the necessary working tools. The gate installation work is usually carried out within three days.
Providing a large selection of design solutions. You can design your own version of the appearance of the structure or use samples from specialized catalogs of manufacturers.
It is not unreasonable to use the services of the Internet. On the pages of many relevant sites among the various colorful photos of swing gates, you will surely find a suitable option.
Versatility. The design of the metal swing gate can be adjusted to any acceptable dimensions of the vehicle.
Durability. Considering that swing gates are made of metal or profiled sheet, their service life is counted in several decades without repair.
Criteria for selecting automatic swing gates
The most advantageous option for swing gates will be the automatic form of control. It is this option that most people choose. Of course, the automation for the swing gate requires a certain cost, but all of them quickly enough pay off and in the end there is only a factor of convenient use of the design.
At the present stage, two types of electric drives have been developed by specialists as control systems: linear and lever drives. The linear actuator is in the greatest demand. The principle of its operation consists in shortening and lengthening of the rod. This type of drive for swing gates is used by 95% of consumers.
Advantages of linear electric actuators.
- Simplicity of design.
- Reliable system of operation.
- Reasonable price.
Installation of a linear actuator involves the purchase of a kit of the necessary elements of the automatic system. Full description of the kit is provided directly at the time of purchase. The price is determined according to the model.
As for the lever actuators, their reliability and power is significantly inferior to their linear counterparts. The main disadvantage of the lever control system is considered to be weak self-locking. When exposed to a strong wind, there is a possibility of involuntary opening of the gate.
Installation of a metal swing gate
So, as stated above, the swing metal gate to the country house can be installed by yourself. To do this, you need to have the necessary skills, buy the right material and properly plan the work.
The initial stage is always considered design. Preliminary marking on paper the location of the swing gate. There are also marked the main parameters of the construction and the binding to the house.
By the way, during the drawing process, the type of product is finally determined. If it represents the entrance to the territory, it is likely to be the installation of a gate with a wicket, if in the garage area, then without.
By no means should the initial stage be neglected. There is no need to be upset if, for some objective reasons, to make a drawing of a swing gate by yourself is not possible. There are many ways out of such situations.
Firstly, you can order a drawing in a specialized organization engaged in the design and installation of such structures. Secondly, you should not forget about the Internet. There today you can get a lot of information on any subject. Surely by finding the right page will be able to get acquainted with many drawings and choose the most appropriate. So in any case, the situation is quite solvable.
The second stage is the purchase of materials and tools. Calculation of the necessary amount occurs in the process of drawing.
To install a metal gate, you will need:
- Two 100×100 mm square cross-section support pipes;
- Rectangular section pipes 40×20 mm. and 60×40 mm.; metal angle with a shelf width of 20 mm.
- Galvanized corrugated sheeting with polymer coating, which protects the structure from various mechanical damages.
As fasteners are purchased self-tapping screws or rivets made of steel to firmly connect the corrugated board with the frame.
Additional materials are considered priming compound for metal treatment, corrosion-resistant paint composition, cement-sand mortar for fixing in the ground of metal poles.
Of the working tools it is necessary to have: a grinder with a set of grinding and rifling discs, scissors for cutting metal, a paint brush and roller for painting metal products, a welder and the necessary number of electrodes, a drill and a set of attachments, a screwdriver, and a set of measuring tools, including a tape measure, a building level and an angle gauge.
The last point is the installation of the automatics
A separate item can be considered the purchase of a set of automatics. It is necessary to choose it carefully, because the installation of the gate will be considered complete when the control system of the electric actuator is installed.
The installation manual should be included in the basic kit. As a last resort, an application can be made to the appropriate firm.
It is of course possible to turn for help to the same Internet, but here there is a risk of getting incomplete information. So it is better to approach this problem professionally and buy instructions of guaranteed quality, according to which later the system will be assembled and work without failures.
In general, if you approach the work with proper attention and patience, in the end, the house and the entire private area will be reliably protected. The more pleasant it will be to realize that the swing gate was installed without the involvement of outside help in the form of professional crews.
Photo of the swing gate
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