Ones of the things that Riverside Ironworks is best known for in and around Hertfordshire – one of our principal service areas alongside Enfield, Hemel Hempstead, Rickmansworth, St Albans, Gerrard Cross and Watford – is the installation of electric gates made of both high quality wood and iron. Many of these gates are bespoke products that we manufacture ourselves, to a detailed specification set out by the client during an initial consultation.
However, in an age where DIY projects don’t just hold the allure of cost savings, but also a certain pride in having achieved a professional standard of work, it’s not uncommon to hear of residents of the aforementioned areas attempting the installation of electric gates themselves; but unlike many simple DIY projects, we’d advise against this. Explaining exactly why we advise against it, is the subject of this latest blog post.
More interested in speaking with the Riverside Ironworks team, to learn about the gates and railings (including said electric gates) we manufacture and install from Enfield to Gerrard Cross, Hemel Hempstead to Rickmansworth, St Albans and Watford and onward into Hertfordshire? Then the below may not be of total relevance! Instead, pick up the phone and call us on 07970 079 168.
Advice from Bona Fide Specialists
It’s not just in the supply and installation itself that we assist our clients in; far earlier down the line, we use our expertise and specialist knowledge to provide tailored advice. A client in Enfield, St Albans or Watford may call us because they’re still unsure whether to invest in electric gates; together we consider any factors that might be proving sticking points, so you can make an informed decision whether to push ahead with the installation. This can save you a heap of money in the long run, as replacing electric gates could end up costing an arm and a leg.
Meanwhile, a client in Gerard Cross, Hemel Hempstead, Rickmansworth or wherever else in Hertfordshire may be 100% sure that they want electric gates for their property, but have no idea whether to go with a heavy wood type, or wrought iron variety. Likewise, we help by explaining the various advantages and disadvantages of each (also of specific styles within these categories), so you find something that perfectly suits your property in terms of both functionality and aesthetic.
Capably Handle a Complex Installation
Our electric gates are designed to be easy to use; this is not the same as saying they’re easy to install! The Riverside Ironworks team has heaps of training to make short work of what is actually quite a complex and laborious job – especially for a DIY’er! From the initial ground works and lifting/moving the gates into place, to fixing them properly (safely/securely), then wiring the electrics, there’s a ton to do before your electric gates are even ready to “program”.
Botched ground works, fixing, wiring or programming can lead to serious security concerns and a property that trespassers can easily penetrate. Furthermore, you’ll be left with costs as you’ll need to call out professionals to put these issues right. Sometimes this can be even more expensive than just getting them out for the installation in the first place. It’s simply not worth the hassle.
Help With Regulations & Legality
Prior to the installation of electric gates, it’s essential that a risk assessment is carried out. This allows our team to install electric gates that meet all relevant (and current) health and safety regulations. As gates, once automated, legally count as machines, this information is carried in the Machinery Directive. There are few laypersons in the Hertfordshire area who are familiar with both this legislation and its practical application. Our team take the stress out of this, ensuring you fulfil your legal obligations and aren’t for one reason or another liable to fines or legal action, should your gate (due to improper DIY installation for example) cause injury or damage to property.
So if you’re looking to invest in electric gates in any of the below areas, go with the professionals – Riverside Ironworks. We cover: