I purchased the gates and electric gate mechanism myself from lapeyre and installed myself - not a difficult job imo. For the mechanism I went to lapeyre as have found their quality level to be good. And specifically for anything with moving parts, I have found that you tend to get what you pay for. I could have gone cheaper, but wanted to feel comfortable with reliability and a ‘real store’ to go to if any issues, as the gate operation is quite key
The two makes most used in France are FAAC & CAME, both have proved to come with good telephone assistance/support. Another player is SOMFY. We have installed over a score of sets both battant & coulissant and both types were found to be very easy to fit.
In my village you’re nobody until you have electric gates. loads of people have them, and it doesn’t seem to matter if there’s no fence/wall/stockade with which they can join up. They are clearly a marker of very superior people.
I’d much rather have no gates but since fitting them, I’ve had nobody making one of those nice little visits to try and break in before that I had at least three break in attempts and theft of various ‘stuff’ outside - so far, a very worthwhile investment I do wish all this security stuff wasn’t necessary.
We bought and installed a Lapeyre wooden gate with a Sommfy opening mechanism several years ago. It’s not too difficult to do. It all worked well but the gate started to rot away. So we replaced it with a metal gate from Leroy Merlin and retained the Sommfy mechanism which we had to move down and re-program. All went well and it has been working really well ever since. You can order spare parts and download user guides from the Sommfy web site.
Bought mine in Bricodepot 2018 to fit onto my metal gates. Avidsen, a marque of Smarthome France. 168€, last one, sold cheap because it seems they were only changing the packaging . Works perfectly, the only problem for me was that the gates had to open into upward sloping ground.
For one month I am enjoying an electric gate, which keep me dry, when it rains and keeps nosy neighbors from peaking onto my property.
But the path was done, with plenty of estimates and research for reputable companies. My gates are made from aluminum and carry a 25 year warranty. Metal gates have the advantage, that they do not change over time and get so heavy or rod and work on the posts, they are attached to.
I recommend a local company, that does after-sales services, in case you run into problems.
One point I must highlight is that I did consciously elect to install metal gates with bars i.e open view, to maintain visibility, which I think also deters the ‘unwanted’ from attempting to break in. I firmly believe that, if you make it less attractive for someone to attempt to break in to your place, they will move on to ‘more attractive’ pastures elsewhere.