Look Beyond the Price Tag: How Much do Electric Gates Cost?

Black metal electric gates at a residential home in dallas

Security is a key concern of homeowners around the country. How do you make sure that your home stays safe against stray dogs, vandals, robbers, and neighborhood pranksters? Moreover, how do you ensure that the security system you install won’t inconvenience your household?

One possible solution would be to install an electric gate in your property. It keeps unwelcome people away (only people who hold the remote opener can open the gates) and offers the convenience of automatically opening to let you or your car in. Other features can be added later, like a keypad opener and CCTV cameras.

These are all desirable features that many homeowners wish to have for their property. Unfortunately, electric gates are not as cheap as conventional, flat-top, or arched-top steel gates. The anticipated cost is one of the common reasons many homeowners decide against an electric gate and buy immovable basic steel ones.

How Much Do Electric Gates Cost?

According to Home Advisor, prefabricated, manual-open steel gates can cost $2,500 on average while electric gates can cost around $7,000 to $12,000. With an estimated cost that’s more than twice as much as ordinary steel or aluminum gates, it’s hardly surprising that most people will choose manual-open gates instead of the automatic version.

The Payoffs for Installing an Electric Gate with Automatic Opener/Closer

Let’s suppose you decide that an electric gate is worth investing in. You call 4 Sure Gates for an estimate, decide on a design and automatic opener, and schedule the installation in your property. You’ll be spending the amount that we quote you, plus the fees for labor and other relevant services.

For whatever amount you spend, you also get the following perks:

  • Heightened security
  • Higher curb appeal – Electric gates improve the appeal of the
  • Increased property value – Home Advisor estimates it to be as much as $50,000.
  • Reduced insurance costs – With the added security against vandalism and theft, you could pay lower premiums on your home insurance.
  • You get to enjoy your gate for decades – A gate opener can last for an average of 10 years while the gate itself can last for years depending on the material. Powder-coated steel can last 15-20 years. Aluminum, which is resistant to rust, can last 30 years to a lifetime.

These perks combined offer a massive payoff that is well worth the out-of-pocket costs of installing an electric gate. With the promise of a very long service life, anyone who invests in an electric gate can keep enjoying its monetary, security, and aesthetic benefits.

So How Much Does an Electric Gate with an Automatic Opener Cost?

The figures above are a good estimate; the actual cost varies based on your choice of design, type of steel, and automatic opener. But take into account the savings on your insurance premiums, low maintenance, and virtually zero replacement costs in the next several years. The price you pay for the installation could be less than the sum of what you end up paying in the same time frame if you didn’t choose electric gates.

If you need a more detailed report on an electric gate’s cost with an automatic opener, get in touch with us at 4 Sure Gates. We’ve been installing all types of gates in the Dallas Fort Worth area since 2005. We serve homeowners, businesses, gated communities, apartment complexes, and more.

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