Frequently Asked Questions For All Gate Info

  • Question: What is better, a swing gate or a slide (rolling) gate? Answer: This depends on the terrain, available space and your aesthetic desires. A sliding gate is less accident prone since a swinging gate moves toward vehicles. A dual swinging gate is more dramatic and if you do not have room to slide the gate, may be your only choice.
  • Question: Which costs less, the swinger or slider. Answer: A single swinger will usually cost less than a single rolling wheel slider but if you want a particularly heavy gate or your swinger is a double leaf with two heavy  duty motors, the slider can be about the same price or less.  The concrete work needed is usually the big difference.
  • Question: What do I need to automate my existing gate? Answer: Besides the motorized operators you may need a whole list of things.Here are some things to consider: Signage showing the gates are automaticPhoto eyes for safetyVehicle loops detectors (for safety and exit loops to let visitors get out) Receiver Transmitters (also called remotes or clickers) Telephone Entry System, Keypad or intercom to let people know when someone is at the gate. (UPS for example) Knox key switch for the fire department SDG&E access key switch Postal key switch.
  • Question: What is better, a telephone entry system, intercom or keypad? Answer: The telephone entry system (TES).
  • Question: Why? Answer: The telephone entry system rings all the phones on the line it is hooked up to, even if you don’t have dial tone. No phone company?  No problem. You don’t have to run to the intercom station to answer. If you need multiple intercoms the cost will soon exceed the TES. A keypad will not help UPS or anyone else who might be dropping by unless they have the code and once they have it, you have to reset it or give up security. A good TES will have time zones for different codes. If you have a worker come by on a regular basis during the day, you can give them a code only for those hours he should be there. You can also have the TES calls forwarded so no one has to know you are not home when they ring the call button.
  • Question: I would like something I never have to worry about maintaining, what kind of gate should I get? Answer: One in a gated community. All gates require maintenance just like everything in a home. You may be in close to the ocean or have a lot of spray from your sprinklers and want something less likely to corrode. Here there are many choices. Aluminum, Stainless Steel, even plastic. There are many considerations with these but as a general rule, hot dipped galvanized steel (not pre-galvanized) with a well maintained coating will last for decades if not centuries. Here the key is thick. Thin steel even if it is galvanized will corrode easily compared to good thick high quality steel. Those gates you see in Europe are hundreds of years old but were maintained, painted, and made of solid iron.
  • Question: What kind of maintenance do automatic gates require? Answer: Keeping them cleaned and parts lubed will go a long way toward making them last but other parts such as belts, if you have them, will need to be changed or adjusted. Some chains you can lube and some you cannot. For this reason it is better to have a professional maintenance done every 2000 cycles (10,000 for commercial openers)or once a year whatever comes first.
  • Question: How do I know how many open/close cycles we have gone through? Answer: For residences you can guess by the number of vehicle usually going in or out during a day. For example, most single family gates have 5 to 9 cycles per day. Two vehicles going out in the morning and back at night equals 4 cycles. 2000 cycles usually equals close to a year. If you have a commercial or multi-residence facility, there are cycle counters we can install so you can make sure your maintenance schedule if kept up to date.
  • Question: How much does a gate cost? Answer: The variables involved make it impossible to say correctly without a site visit. Gates can be made to fit most budgets though. A driveway gate starts at $1000.00 and goes up from there. Some gate systems have exceeded $100,000.00. As a rule of thumb, the less expensive the gate, the thinner the material and the lower quality the hardware. We have a minimum level of quality we refuse to go under so our gates can cost more than one you might find elsewhere but you can be assured your gate will last.
  • Question: Do you make walk through gates? Answer: Yes. These are often called garden or pedestrian gates and can be made to match your choice of entry gates or be something unique to your landscape.
  • Question: Is a solar powered gate a viable alternative to running electricity to the end of the driveway. Answer: Yes, definitely! You just need to make sure the gate opener is a good brand. Be careful of the 12 volt types found in the box stores and on the internet. They often cost more in maintenance than they are worth. Get a good return on investment by purchasing something with a long life.
  • Question: Do you fix those brands? Answer: Yes, in fact a good portion of our repair business comes from them.
  • Question: My gate won’t open or close, what is the problem?  Answer:  As you probably realize, the answer has many variables.  But start  by checking your breakers. Also check other outlets connected to the gate to see if they are working. If they don’t have electricity, see if a Ground Fault Interrupt has gone out. These can shut down the entire circuit, not just one outlet.
  • Question: How much does an automatic driveway gate cost?  Answer: This question has so many variables it is impossible to answer directly.  Probably the best way to give you the answer you want, is to say our average customer spends about $11,000.00 on an automatic gate system.  The lowest you should expect to spend is around $3,500.00 for a safe, but basic system.  There really is no upper limit to the cost of a gate.  It just depends on what you want and where your budget takes you.
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