Choosing an Automatic Gate.
Life Home Integration helps you to make an informed choice


Sooner or later you will find yourself in front of a gate, entrance or garage door and decide that maybe it is time to change your routine of continually getting in and out of the car, opting for a more practical solution.

And this is when doubts begin to arise: how do you make a choice from the endless automation systems available? And above all, what should be guiding your decision?

Life Home Integration is here to give you a hand, ensuring you don’t get lost on the way, and that you make an informed choice, identifying the simplest solution that is most appropriate for you.


Aspects to consider when choosing an automation system

  • The first key aspect is the intended use. In practical terms, you should ask yourself:

“In what context will the automation system be installed?”

It is important to distinguish whether the motor is to be installed in a private residential context, a location with large levels of access such as a public or communal structure, or an industrial environment.

This will already allow you to perform an important initial selection.

For a private house, in fact, you may choose a simpler and less powerful motor, prioritising optimisation of available space.

Meanwhile, for an electric gate in a communal residential setting, which will be used numerous times throughout the day, a more professional and resistant solution is necessary.

For an industrial company or public structure, where the gate will be used many times every day and often also during the night, a specific mechanism capable of guaranteeing optimal efficiency is preferable.

In case of intensive use, a 24 V motor is recommended, suitable to support high operating loads.

  • The second aspect to consider is actually represented by two different elements: weight and structure of the gate or door.

By structure, we mean the type. For example, it must be considered whether the gate is panelled or hollow within. Proper assessments must also be made regarding mounting methods, e.g. there may be hinges with specific characteristics.

In this case too, the dimensions, weight and structure of the gate or door will obviously guide the decision. Having identified the type of motor (for swing/sliding gates or sectional/up-and-over doors), the next step is to choose the model version on the basis of length, weight, wing characteristics and frequency of use.

Here are the main distinctions:

  • Small gate in detached or semi-detached residential context:in this case, a residential automation system capable of powering gates up to 500–800 kg is ideal.
  • Communal residential setting: for situations with intensive use, automation solutions are available to power units up to 1200 kg, also at 24 V.
  • Public or industrial context: for folding or sectional doors and for medium-large sliding gates in high-passage or industrial contexts, automation systems designed to power units up to 1500 Kg are available.
  • A third aspect, that concerns the various different types of automation, is the context in which the motors are installed.

In this case, you should ask yourself:

  • Will the installation involve a flat or sloping surface?
  • How thick are the columns on which the automations will be mounted?

If there is a lot of space between the fixing point and the motor, it will clearly be necessary to choose models which are compatible with such features.

  • Weather conditions must also be considered, as they play a key role in certain decisions.

In areas with very low temperatures, for example, there is the risk of the motor being under stress, blocking or generally not offering optimal performance. This is why Life Home Integration has introduced electronic devices for its motors that guarantee optimum performance also under extreme weather conditions.

  • Another aspect to consider is the presence of very strong winds.

Under such conditions, initial analysis should regard the choice of gate. An appropriate wing is fundamental, with suitable design to minimise wind resistance. Once this is done, it will then be necessary to identify the right motor to deal with residual resistance.

  • Last, but certainly not least, is the choice of automation system design: a range of eye-catching designs for the various residential, public or industrial settings make this decision a lot easier.

Life Home Integration performs all design and manufacturing at its headquarters, creating 100% made-in-Italy automation systems for gates, entrance doors and garage doors, with great attention to detail and artisan levels of quality, offering elegant products for any environment.

Don’t forget another fundamental aspect of Life Home Integration automation systems: amazing ease of use, as they are the first and only solution that can be programmed in just one minute!