The Pros and Cons of Installing Manually-Operated Gates

If you plan to install new fencing and are considering manually-operated gates for your system, you will want to weigh the pros and cons first. Both manually-operated and automated systems have their own strengths and weaknesses, and it’s important to know what you’re in for before you sign on the dotted line.

Since manually-operated gates aren’t controlled by any sort of automated or electronic mechanism, you are granted much more flexibility with this system. You don’t need to worry about hurrying through the gate when it opens. You can stop to chat with a friend or co-worker without fear that the gate is going to crash back on you if you haven’t made it through during the pre-programmed length of time. You can drive your big rigs and horse trailers through these gates without fear that the extra length won’t be accounted for by the programming. These aspects are definite pros for the manually-operated system.

On the downside, manually-operated gates–especially gates that open to driveways or fields–create extra work for those passing through them. In many cases, those wishing to pass through these gates must exit their vehicles or get down from their horses, open the gate, drive or pass through the gate, close the gate, and then climb back into their vehicles or onto their horses. Given the strength of the equestrian community based here in Hennepin County, these considerations are not to be overlooked. Equestrians are busy people, and this time-consuming process is the strongest con of choosing manually-operated gates for your fencing system.

In the end, however, the specifics of each property will determine whether or not a manually-operated gate system is the best choice. If you have further questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to working with you.