Installing Electric Gates in Gerrard Cross Safely

How your property looks on the outside is just as important as what it looks like on the inside. Kerb appeal is a huge pulling point for potential buyers and is the first impression your clients see if you are business owner, which is why many of our domestic, commercial and industrial customers in Gerrard Cross request gates installed that not only offer security, but aesthetic appeal as well.

Based in Kings Langley, Riverside Ironworks Ltd specialise in the installation of wrought iron gates and railings, wooden gates, security gates, electric gates, bollards and barriers for the Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and London areas. Our products are designed and installed to operate safely daily, with occasional maintenance to extend longevity and check safety features.

With over 60 years of experience in gate manufacturing, installations and maintenance, we have the expertise and knowledge to fit a variety of gates, railings, bollards and barriers at domestic, commercial and industrial premises in and around the Gerrard Cross area. Safety regulations for electric gates especially are much stricter now and it is always recommended to find an experienced, professional gate specialist to carry out work on your gates.


Installations of gates and railings of any type should be made safe for daily. Typically, this should involve building and installing electric gates, wooden gates, security gates, iron gates and any other types of gates in compliance with the Machinery Safety Regulations 2008. Gate installations pose a serious risk to the public, owner and pets if installed or operating unsafely.

Here are some of the top things we look for to ensure a gate is safe:

  • Are there any entrapment hazards in gates and railings? This could include range of movement, gaps between railings and limits on time with automated gates.
  • Is the gate manufactured to the safety standards required by law and supplied with relevant documentation and user instructions?
  • Does the gate have the correct safety devices to protect all users and anyone using the gate? All automatic electric gates, whether they are iron gates, wooden gates or security gates, should be installed with safety edges to protect against crushing and shearing. These work by detecting obstacles and causing them to stop.
  • Checking the appropriate force control. Gerrard Cross homeowners or business owners with gates closing with too much force will see their gates and railings wearing out quickly. Electric gates should be set so that the force exerted by the gate’s motors does not exceed the exertion required to close the gate.
  • Are the photocells working? Many modern automated electric gates today use photocells on either side of a driveway, that use infra-red beams sent from one photocell to the other to identify an obstacle.

Our engineers perform safety checks on electric gates, security gates and safety devices for customers in Gerrard Cross and the surrounding areas. This includes booking a time that is convenient to visit your property, arranging scheduled visits if preferred, completing risk assessments and suggesting cost-effective repairs if required. We are familiar with various types of gates and railings, including electric gates, iron gates, security gates and wooden gates.

Call Riverside Ironworks Ltd on 01923 263 999 or 07970 079 168, for safe and reliable electric gates in Watford, Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas.