How to Select Automatic Gates for Residential or Commercial Properties




Selecting electric gates for commercial or residential environments is important to provide security and the proper way of entering and exiting the premises.


Automatic gates can be used for residential, commercial and industrial properties. They come in a variety of models that include slide, swing,vertical lift, bi-folding, and barrier arm gates. Each style opens and closes a different way that allows traffic to enter and exit. These electric gates control which vehicles are allowed into a specific area that has been secured. For example, companies that use automated gates secure their property and parking to control the flow of traffic coming in and out of their location. Others use automatic gates to let their employees enter a private parking area, while visitors park elsewhere.

Homeowners use automatic gates to secure their property entrance in and out of the premises. Residents may also want to use these operators to keep kids and pets from staying outside of their property boundaries. Another very important reason why a homeowner decides to automate their gate would be to keep any stranger from entering their property.


Tips to select Automatic Gates:

  1. The traditional entry gate style is the horizontal Sliding Gate. This particular type of gate are commonly used for residential and commercial purposes. The gate moves parallel to the fencing, horizontally. It is supported by rolling wheels under the gate itself, rollers on the top sides and a metal track to guide from.


  1. Electronic entrance. Having controlled access to the entry gate allows you to open and close through push-button clickers, Video Intercoms, Keypads, and even with your Smartphone. Each of these items are used for commercial businesses that need additional secured access to their perimeters. This makes it harder to gain access of entrance and exit. Automatic gates can also use solar power to operate.


Choosing the right gate operator involves a mix of modern technology and security. They make it super convenient and secure for entry and exit of their location.

Gate Operator Care for Weather Changes


We are in the middle of Fall and Winter is right around the corner creeping up on us. Soon enough, it’ll be that time of year when your gate operators and compatible safety devices need to be checked thoroughly. We have prepared a list of things that need to be checked and maintained. The safety checklist is divided into types of Gate Operators you use whether its Slide Swing or Overhead machinery, we have you covered.

Slide Gate Operators:

  • Lubrication is essential for the smooth operation of Slide Gate Operators. One needs to make sure that chains and rolling wheels are properly lubricated.
  • Safety devices such as safety loops, safety photo eyes, safety rubber sensors need to be examined and photo eyes should have covers or hoods to prevent rain water from going in as it can malfunction it.


Swing Gate Operators: 

  • Hinges need to be lubricated in Swing Gate Operators to ensure maximum efficiency
  • Safety devices and photo eyes need to be covered so water from melted snow or rain water, does not get in
  • Just a visual inspection of your system can help you pinpoint any problems in the Operator, safety device or related accessories

Overhead Gate Operators:

  • Overhead Gate Operators need to be inspected by a professional to make sure track rollers are in good working condition
  • Jam track power arms need to be lubricated. Kicker rollers should be in place to prevent the gate from closing so far in.


These are just some general tips one needs to follow in order to make sure the gate operators are in top shape and safe to operate.


Which Gate Operator Should I Buy?


Gate Operators are great convenience devices that one can install in their gates. Along with convenience, they offer robust access control to offices, homes and mansions. You can use remote controls to open/close your gates which offer great flexibility and peace of mind. For instance, you may have small children playing next to the driveway and often times they can wander on the road while playing. With the help of a remote control you can keep your automatic driveway gate closed to ensure safety of our little ones.

“Which Gate Operator Should I Buy?” is a frequently asked question asked by customers when they are looking to automate their gates. There are various types of gate operators available in the market today and many people can get overwhelmed with the options provided. Following are some of the tips/questions to help consumers research their options before they make a buying decision:


1: First, identify what type of gate you already have or if you don’t already have one, identify what type of gate you want. Primarily, there are 2 different types of gate operators: SWING gate operators and SLIDE gate operators. Having a swing or a slide gate depends on how your driveway and house is designed. You also need to know the weight of your gate (ask your gate installer) since gate operators have different horsepower (HP) capacities. Smaller driveways can have just one gate swinging in or out depending on the slope of the driveway; larger driveways can have 2 swing gates. This is important to determine if you need a master/slave or dual operator configuration.

2: Number of entry and exit points for the property will help you choose a gate operator that’s sold as a package for a pair of gates or single gate.

3: Determining the average number of cycles your gate goes through will help you select a gate operator matching your needs. Commercial/Industrial gate operators have a maximum and continuous operating cycle. A gate operator like this one is popular for residential use and also has a battery backup in case of power failure.

4: There are different ways to operate a gate automation system. You could either use a keypad, remote control, automatic sensors, or even your SMARTPHONE. Yes, you are now allowed to open electrical doors automatically, ask us about the iOpen. Your choice depends upon the ease and convenience you prefer operating your gate. Ask an experienced gate automation system installer for his advice on different options.


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