When it comes to securing properties in Kent, one of the primary considerations is the type of gate to install. Both electric and manual gates offer distinct advantages and disadvantages, making the choice between them dependent on various factors, including convenience, security, cost, and aesthetics.

In this blog, we shall explore some of advantages and disadvantages of using electric gates and manual gates to ensure that you make the right choice for your property in Kent.

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Here are some of the factors to consider while choosing gate for your home:

Security: A Primary Concern

Electric Gates:

Security concerns are sometimes cited as another benefit of installing electric gates as opposed to manual gates. They can be incorporated with security features such as surveillance cameras, an intercom system, and security alarms. Such an integration ensures the homeowner is able to monitor and control access to the home, for the extra security.

The electric gates with automatic locking system are commonly less prone to tampering as compared to the manual lock installations.

Manual Gates:

Though manual gates are very durable, are usually operated by person and this is usually enough to discourage any intruder who is planning a ‘quick entry’ into the premises. But they are incomparable to electric gates in terms of security features that can only be achieved if installed with other systems making the combination very expensive and complicated.

Convenience and Accessibility

Electric Gates:

The convenience that come with electric gates are obvious and cannot be overlooked. This controls the gate by either a button or a swipe on a portable device such as a mobile application to allow and close the gates. This is important in the building that has frequent car access or when there is rain or snow on the pathway.

Other benefits that come with the use of electric gates include being easy to use especially to elderly or those with disability they might have a hard time opening manual gates.


Manual Gates:

Manual gates operate by applying physical force such as pushing or pulling to open or close them and this can be a hassle especially during cases of rainy weather or even when one is in a rush. They can also limit access for those with physical disabilities they may also limit access for those with physical disabilities.

However, they do not use power sources hence they are useful during blackouts or when the power supply is interrupted.

Cost Considerations

Electric Gates:

Electric gates are comparatively expensive than other gates because they require motors, control systems, and may require professional installation. Operating expenses are also generally greater due to the mechanical and electrical parts that are central to most products and will need to be oiled or replaced more frequently.

But the investment is worth making to secure ourselves with some added safety and the conveniences that come with them.

Manual Gates:

Manual gates are common because they are cheaper to buy compared to the automated ones. The maintenance costs are also lower since there are no electrical parts that can wear out or break. For homeowners on a tight budget, manual gates can be an economically viable option without compromising on basic security and functionality.


Environmental Impact

Electric Gates:

Electric gates are considered to be energy-consuming making them a disadvantage because they add value to the carbon footprint of a given property. But one can get solar models, which will minimise the effects on the environment. Moreover, the type of material used in making of the electric gates, ensures sustainability in the usage as well further minimising their impact to the environment.

Manual Gates:

Manual gates have a low level of environmental impact because they have no need for power source to operate. The use of materials like recycled wood or metal even increases their environmental friendliness further by reducing the consumption of new resources.

When it comes to eco-friendly homeowners, manual gates could be an eco-friendlier option.

Reliability and Durability

Electric Gates:

Electric gates are quite reliable; however, like any other technical devices, they may experience some problems, such as, power supply may fail, the motor may malfunction, or there may be difficulties with remote-control devices.  Despite these potential issues, high-quality electric gates from reputable manufacturers are built to withstand frequent use and adverse weather conditions.

Manual Gates:

As a difference, manual gates do not have as many technical components as the automated gates and, thus, it is easier to avoid the technical issues. Depending on the material used to construct them, they can be long lasting, in cases where the material is steel or hardwood.

However, they do need some care to prevent from rotting, rusting or even warping.


If the security factor, the convenience of its usage and the design that is up- to-date is what you are aiming for and if you are ready to spend a bit more than on a normal gate and pay attention towards its periodic maintenance then the electric gates would just be perfect for you. They provide enhanced security, flexibility in use, desirable impact to property value and aesthetic appeal.

On the other hand, manual gates are more economical, durable, and friendly to the natural environment if you do not own a newly established business. They are generally easier to look after, less expensive and could be as aesthetically pleasing and robust and can be just as stylish and secure with the right design and materials.