We often get asked how to protect your house from flooding? Flood gates (also known as flood barriers) are the No. 1 way to give you peace of mind that your home is protected from flooding. Flooding of your home can be devastating, leading to months of turmoil and disruption to your life. The majority of flood events in the UK are flash flooding, which means the flood water affects the property for a short period of time (usually less than 24 hours). In this situation a floodgate is something you can quickly grab and deploy to prevent flood damage to your home and valuable possessions.

The type of flood gate on your home will depend on the size of the aperture, so you may need a different flood barrier for a door compared to a flood barrier for a garage. The type of flood barrier and options available will change depending on the width of the door and the height of flood protection required. Flood gate for your home are the easiest and best way to give you peace of mind. Compared to flood doors, flood barriers are more reliable because they have less mechanisms that can go wrong and they are not subject to the everyday use that a door to your home gets. In addition, flood barriers can easily be fit to any door (single, double or sliding door).

This guide is aims to provide you with an overview of all the considerations for flood barriers for your house. The guide will review doors, garages and driveways, the three most common area flood barriers are used on a home.

Flood Gates for Doors
A Flood Gates is a removable flood defence product, which can be quickly deployed if there is a flood warning in your local area. The barrier slides into two permanent upright channels, which will be fixed to the wall either side of your door. When required, a flood barrier can be quickly installed by sliding the barrier panel into the upright channels and locking into place. It is worth noting, a flood barrier is often referred to as a flood gate or a flood control barrier. Flood barriers for doors are versatile products and can be installed on commercial or residential properties.
There are two main types of floodgates for doors: composite or aluminium flood barriers. Each type of flood barrier has its own advantages, but the first step will be to take accurate measurements as this will determine the type of flood protection.

Flood Gates for Garages
The most common type of flood barrier for the garages is a demountable aluminium flood barrier. The type of flood barrier will depend on the width of the garage and the height required. You will need to take a brick to brick measurement to determine the right flood barrier solution for your garage. Your options will include:

Advantages of flood gates

  1. Aluminium flood barriers are bespoke made and can be manufactured to any length (with the use of demountable posts). The benefit of this is the barrier is designed to fit your driveway perfectly, and ensuring effective flood control.
  2. Cost effective flood control – demountable flood barriers provide the most cost effective solution to protect your driveway from flooding. Alternatives, such as the self closing flood barrier are x5-x8 more costly.
  3. Quick and easy to deploy – in a flood event, you need a solution that can be quick to implement and control the flood waters. A demountable aluminium flood barrier can be installed in a few minutes, even with a demountable post.

Do you have an alternative to a flood gate?

Flood gates can be a signfiicant investment to protect your home. This investment may seem excessive if your flood risk is low. In these situations, we would recommend sandless sandbags. The sandless sandbags can be easily stored while not in use, and only become firm and heavy after coming into contact with water. They are also known as water activated flood barriers. We offer a range of sandless sandbags, such as:

If you would like more information regarding the right flood gate for your home, email us on info@thefloodcompany.co.uk. If you can email images of the apertures you are looking to protect and dimensions, then we can advise on the most suitable flood defence product.

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