Shutter Spec Security Blog

Guide to Residential Gates

Posted by Andrew Levick on Oct 9, 2018 9:03:43 AM


Why do residential properties need driveway gates?  Your home is one of the biggest investments you will make in your life.  You want to make it as secure as possible so you can protect your family.  While also adding security, a driveway gate adds a sense of finish and kerb appeal and gives that extra level of security.  The presence of gates gives your property increased levels of privacy and can even reduce noise levels - although that depends on what type of gate you get.

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Topics: Driveway Gates, Security, Property

Which Gate is Best for my Property?

Posted by Andrew Levick on Aug 23, 2018 2:58:03 PM

Driveway gates are available in a range of types, designed and constructed from various materials. Gates are perhaps the only security feature that can simultaneously deter burglars whilst being a beautiful and elegant asset to your property. There are many factors to take into consideration when selecting entrance gates, and our installers will advise you when surveying your property. However, read our guide to help you decide which style of gate would be ideal for your property.

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Topics: Driveway Gates

Which access controls are right for me?

Posted by Andrew Levick on Aug 3, 2018 11:49:36 AM

When it comes to your property and the safety and convenience of you and your family, only the best is good enough. Everything needs to look good, work well and operate with a minimum of stress. We understand that this is what an effective home driveway security solution should always be - designed to make your life better and not more complicated - and our access controls provide a range of intuitive options to fulfil this promise in the way that works for you. 

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Topics: Driveway Gates

Are Automatic Gates Safe?

Posted by Andrew Levick on Aug 2, 2018 11:16:00 AM

Are automatic driveway gates safe?

It is estimated that nearly 300,000 new automated gates are installed every year, in a wide range of settings, including private residences. The market for powered gates is estimated to be increasing by 30 percent. Once gates are automated, they effectively become a machine and, as such, are subject to all types of health and safety legislation. Find out why gates installed by reputable firms such as Shutter Spec Security take safety extremely seriously. 

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Topics: Property, Security, Driveway Gates, Safety

Shutter Spec Security - FAQs

Posted by Andrew Levick on Jul 26, 2018 10:43:00 AM

We understand selecting and purchasing gates is a challenging task. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we have received from our customers. If you have any questions that aren’t answered in this blog, feel free to leave them in the comments or get in touch with us! 

What types of driveway gates are available?

Electric automatic gates are currently very popular for residential driveways, but we can also supply and install many different sorts of gates, from compact pedestrian gates to cantilever industrial gates. 

We can also offer bespoke solutions, such as steel supporting posts concealed in brickwork pillars. 

Many of our customers love the natural look of wooden driveway gates at the front of their home. It's a fact that wooden gates do require a bit more maintenance than metal ones. However, the beautiful and varied natural finish always looks amazing. All our gates are made using high-quality properly treated wood that will last a lifetime if properly maintained. 

Aluminium, steel or wrought iron gates have a timeless appeal and are available in a vast array of styles, from ornate curlicues to stark modern designs. Requiring little maintenance, metal gates are ideal for creating secure and durable security barriers that will last for many years. 

Have a look at some examples of stunning wooden driveway gates that we have recently installed for our customers in our gallery. 

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Topics: Driveway Gates, Property, Security, FAQ's

Electric Gates - What happens in the event of a Power Cut?

Posted by Andrew Levick on Jul 24, 2018 10:09:00 AM

It's a fact that automatic electric gates need electricity to operate. You might wonder how they work if there is a power cut or a system failure. As we all know this is not an unusual occurrence in the UK - short-term power cuts happen all the time when roadworks temporarily stop your electricity supply. So how exactly can you open and close automatic gates that require electricity to function when there isn’t any? Is this a security risk?

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Topics: Property, Security, Driveway Gates, Health and Safety

Shutter Spec - Add Security and Style to your home

Posted by Andrew Levick on Jul 19, 2018 3:44:44 PM


The advantages of a driveway gate are straightforward - added security, and full functionality at the touch of a button. In this blog, we'll investigate the benefits of security and style in a little more depth. For instance, a driveway gate can increase the value of your home, as well as protecting you and your family. 

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Topics: Security, Driveway Gates, Property