How To Make Automatic Residential Driveway Gates Safer For Pets

Are you a pet owner? If so, ensuring you have a pet-friendly yard is a must. In addition, automatic residential gates can provide security when your pet is out playing in the yard. They’ll also ensure your home is protected from unwanted visitors, whether it be potential pet nappers or unwanted wildlife.

wifi-enabled security camera connected to gates in front of residence

Security Upgrades

Here’s an overview of four security upgrades you may want to consider adding to your gate to ensure your pet is protected.

1.) Security cameras

Security cameras allow you to monitor activity around your residential gate. Many security cameras record a live feed of your gate that can be accessed from your smartphone or computer. This technology enables you to keep an eye on your pet when you’re away from home.

2.) Alarm systems

There are various types of alarms that can be added to your automatic gate system, such as a silent alarm that sends a notification to your smartphone or computer if there’s a security breach or a warning siren that can be used to deter your pet if they attempt to break through or climb over your gate.

3.) Locking system

If you want to make your automatic gate even more secure, you may want to consider adding an electronic locking system. For example, a keypad lock allows you to select a secure and easy to remember numeric code that will only provide authorized users with access to your property. This extra layer of protection ensures that strangers can’t open your gate and let your pet out of the yard.

4.) Wi-Fi connectivity

You may want to upgrade to a Wi-Fi enabled automatic gate operator. This will allow you to remotely lock and unlock your gate from anywhere in the world. This is especially helpful if you’re away for the weekend or on vacation and need to allow a pet sitter or dog walker into your property to take care of your furry friend.

If you’re thinking about adding a residential gate to your property and have a small pet, keep in mind that a sliding gate is best. Unlike swinging gates, there’s no gap at the bottom, so you don’t have to worry about your furry friend potentially breaking free. In addition, if you have a gate with metal or wood slats, make sure they’re close enough together that your pet can’t squeeze through and escape your yard.

bull terrier relaxing in driveway with automatic gate in background keeping them protected

Pet Safety Tips

Here are three safety tips to ensure your driveway gates are as pet-friendly as possible.

1.) Professional installation

A properly installed automatic gate is significantly less likely to malfunction or break down. This helps keep your pets safe since all the components of the gate are sure to work well. It also means you’ll save money as you won’t have to pay for costly repairs.

2.) Safety features

It’s a good idea to choose an automatic gate with a few key safety features. For example, reversing sensors will help protect your pet by ensuring the gate stops and reverses any time something enters its path while closing. In addition, manual keyed disconnect allows you to open the gate manually in the event of a malfunction. Plus, anti-hacking technology that uses encrypted signals to prevent hackers from opening the gate is considered a must-have feature.

3.) Regular maintenance

Driveway gates are constantly exposed to the elements. Therefore, it’s important to take the time to monitor your gate for signs of rust, pest damage, and regular wear and tear. If this isn’t something you have time to do, you can choose to purchase Creative Door Services’ planned maintenance program. Once you sign up for it, one of our expert technicians will regularly come to your home and inspect every aspect of your gate to ensure it remains in good working order.

Keeping these three tips in mind will ensure your automatic gate is safe and works as it should for years to come.

havanese small black dog sitting in driveway in front of driveway gate

Automatic Residential Gates in Western Canada

If you want to make your residential gate system more pet-friendly, the experts at Creative Door ServicesTM can help. Our team will work with you to find the parts and accessories that meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive automatic gate repair, replacement, and maintenance services.

Contact us today to learn more or to get a free quote. We have eight locations to serve you from. You can find us in Kelowna, British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; Fort McMurray, Alberta; Regina, Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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