Driveway gates are another wonderful way to increase the security at your location. Not only do you provide a safe and confined location on your property, but you also limit and control who enters your property. At Garage Doors Pros, we can provide you with swing, slide, barrier, and lift gates.
Garage Door Pros offers a large variety of driveway gates to suit your home or business. All the gates we provide are custom made – you can choose a gate design from our gallery (below are a few samples), or tell us about your own designs and ideas. We stand behind our work – all the driveway gates we make are of the highest quality and are made to last. You are welcome to contact us at any time to schedule a free consultation appointment.
In general, if you have enough space we recommend using a slide gate for your driveway. Overall, considering reliability and safety, we believe it is the best option:
Wear and tear – a slide gate has a better weight distribution than other types of gates, therefore it is more reliable.
Safety – as far as safety goes, it is easier to protect your vehicles and loved ones using safety devices if you have a slide gate, because it is moving in one straight line. A swing gate, for example, has “dead zones” which are harder to cover using safety devices.
If you do not have enough space for a standard slide gate, you can use a swing gate, overhead gate, or is some cases a retractable slide gate. A retractable slide gate is a slide gate divided into two pieces, and requires about half the opening size to open into.
Regardless of the gate design you choose, we always recommend using a steel frame for your gate to add stability and strength to it. The gates that we fabricate are mostly wrought iron gates or wood gates with a steel frame. The wood of choice for your driveway gate is Redwood, as it is light and withstands environmental elements very well.
An alternative type of steel you can use for your driveway gate is stainless steel. It is more expensive than regular steel, but it resists corrosion and rust far better than regular steel does. Some people would also prefer using stainless steel for aesthetic reasons.
Obviously you want your driveway gate to provide you with many years of trouble free operation. For that to happen it is very important that your gate and gate operator will be installed professionally and comply with manufacturer requirements.
It is very important to choose the right contractor for the job,
somebody with the skills to perform the work properly.
Most gate operators are supplied with a built-in reverse sensor. This sensor stops/reverses the gate when it hits an obstacle. If your gate is mounted in a commercial property (residential buildings with more than four units are also considered a commercial property), you are required to have at least two safety devices mounted (UL-325 industry standard).
Even though you don’t have to, we recommend having an additional safety device installed, to completely prevent contact. Your driveway gate operator might already have the reverse sensor, but before it will reverse it will possibly cause damage to your vehicle. For a relatively small investment you can prevent this from happening.
These are a few of the most common safety devices available today:
Photo-eye. The photo eye sends and receives a signal across your driveway, when this signal breaks your gate reverses. This is a good inexpensive protection for kids, vehicles and pets.
Loop sensor. The loop sensor is installed under your driveway, and using a magnetic field detects your vehicle. This is a very reliable protection for vehicles, and very commonly used in commercial properties.
Miller-edge. This touch-activated sensor is a long piece of rubber installed on the edge of your gate. When it hits an obstacle the sensor sends an immediate signal to your operator to reverse. It is a good protection for vehicles.
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