Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to our most frequently asked questions.
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Should I install wooden or metal gates?

In most cases this is personal preference. Wooden gates will often offer greater privacy but they can be more expensive to install and being a natural material they will need more maintenance over time. Metal gates are less expensive to install and maintain, lighter, and there are many more designs that can be used to match in with existing railings or complement the design of your property.


Do I need planning permission to install electric gates?

Almost certainly not if you already have gates in place and in many cases not at all. It is, however, your responsibility to ensure that you have the relevant permission. A quick call to your local planning officer is often all that is needed to find out where you need planning permission.


Do you do all the work yourself?

All the work is done and guaranteed by Eden Gate Automation staff. We do not subcontract out any of our work.


Do you automate existing manual gates?

This will depend upon the gates, how they have been installed and their condition as well as the condition of the gate posts and hinges. Gate automation is a skilled task and we will evaluate your existing gates, their geometry, the forces that will be needed to open and close them and advise you accordingly.


What happens if there is a power cut?

In the event of a power failure the gates systems we install all come with a manual release key which is easy to operate.


How often do I need to have my electric gates serviced?

We recommend that your gate system is serviced and checked every twelve months. Regular servicing has proven to extend the life of gate automation systems.