Whether you have a sliding or swinging driveway gate opener, if you have any problems, we are here to help. You can call us, Automatic Gates & Garage Door Pros, and trust us for fast emergency 24-hour service when you have a problem with your gate. We understand the urgency of the situation when your gate is no longer providing security for you and your family.
We offer the best automatic gate installation, service, and repair, in the Bay Area because we truly value all of our customers. When you let us work on your gate, you can be assured that we will get the job done right.
At Automatic Gates and Garage Door Pros, we provide peace of mind that you will receive the privacy and protection that you desire. With electric gate openers, you can relax while you’re away from home knowing your property is secure.
Electric Gate Openers
An electric gate opener is the mechanized arm that helps your automatic gate open and close. An access control, such as remote control or keypad, send a signal that tells the motor to open or close the gate. In case it hits an obstacle it will automatically reverse in direction and can stay open if instructed.
Electric gate openers:
Automatically open or close your gate
Are available for swing gates or sliding gates
Require a power supply that could be electric or solar power
must fit the size of the gate to work properly
There isn’t much difference in operating an electric gate opener and a garage door opener. When you click the provided hand-held transmitter in your vehicle, a radio signal is sent to a receiver box which is installed near the gate. The receiver relays the message to the control box that activates a circuit which starts movement in the gate opener arm. The arm will physically swing or slide the gate open. The gate can be set to then close by pressing the transmitter button again or to close automatically after an assigned amount of time.
Electric gate openers are manufactured to work with various swing and sliding gates. Each has power rating to compensate for the variety of sizes and weight of each gate.
Swing gate openers come in two basic styles: Linear and Articulated. The Articulated Arm style is pad installed and works better on heavier than normal gates and high use situations. It is not recommended to use a solid wood gate, as wind resistance could pose a problem. It also generates an additional strain on the wood frame.
SWING GATE Openers
Swing gate equipment can be electro-mechanical or electro-hydraulic in nature. Electro-mechanical equipment is generally dedicated for the home user and has a duty cycle that suits family residences and driveways that are not busy throughout the day. Electro-hydraulic equipment is generally dedicated for a higher duty cycle and is suitable for busy entrances and prestige gates. Post-mounted operators (Mechanical or Hydraulic) are fixed to the gatepost and a sturdy cross member on the gate.
SLIDING GATE Openers
Sliding gates offer several advantages over swing gates. A sliding gate requires smaller space, which allows the full length of the driveway to be usable for parking vehicles. It also provides higher security due to the resistance to being pushed. Sliding gates will also work on an upward sloping driveway where a pair of swing gates would not be able to open inward.
What To Look For In An Electric Gate Opener
The type of gate – swing or sliding
The weight of the gate
The length of the gate
Frequency of use and traffic through the gate
If a gate is already installed, it is important to make sure that it will work with an electric gate opener. They will work with most well-made gates however you should check that your gate is in good operating condition. Check your gate for the following:
Is it plumb and level?
Does it swing freely on its hinges?
Can it move without dragging on the ground?
Are the gate posts strong enough and secured in the ground with concrete to minimize flex or twist?
Does the gate have a horizontal cross member to provide stability?
Please remember that every electric gate and every property is unique, therefore it is essential to seek professional advice for a suitable opener and to use qualified electric gate installers, who comply with the latest safety guideline.