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Choosing the Right Security Gate

Choosing the Right Security Gate

If you’re in charge of keeping a commercial property secure, you know the value of high-quality commercial fencing and security gates. Whether yours is a highly secure facility with exterior and interior perimeter fencing and several levels of access control or you need a new automated security gate at an assisted living facility, you have more options than ever before.

Types of Commercial Security Gates

There are a variety of different commercial security gate styles to choose from. Most security gates are made of chain link, steel, or ornamental iron. Which style is right for your commercial property depends on who you want to let in and who you want to keep out.

For example, maybe you need a wider gate at a security checkpoint to give access to cleared employees and delivery vans. Or you just need pedestrian gates/turnstiles to let visitors into your amusement park.

The most common types of commercial security gates include:

Slide Gates

Slide gates move left or right along a track that’s aligned with the perimeter fence. This type of gate is good for areas where clearance for a swing gate might be an issue. A slide gate is best suited for a flat area such as a driveway or parking lot entrance. The track of a slide gate must be kept free of debris, snow, and ice to work effectively.

Swing Gates

Single or double swing gates can open inward or outward, and extend to 90 degrees. They require a fair amount of clearance, and you should paint lines to indicate where vehicles should wait while the gate opens.

Vertical Pivot Gates

Vertical pivot gates are good for areas where there is not a lot of clearance that would allow a swing gate. The gate pivots open upward and holds until a vehicle passes through, and then it pivots back down. They can be a good option if you don’t want to clear snow around a slide gate track.

Vertical Lift Gates

Vertical lift gates are another option when you don’t have the clearance needed for a swing gate or slide gate installation. Using hydraulics, the gate slides up and down vertical lift gate tracks. These gates are suitable on rough terrain.

Pedestrian Gates

Pedestrian gates, also known as turnstiles, limit the flow of pedestrians into your property to one at a time. This can help you keep track of how many people visit your place of business on a given day. It also allows gate employees to scan for the crowd for security issues, provide wristbands, etc.

Access Control

For an added level of security, most commercial security gates can be installed with an access control system of your choice. You might want a gate attendant to buzz people in. But you could also use the following access control methods to control access to your property:

  • Ticket machines (for parking garages)
  • Keypads
  • Card readers
  • Vehicle RFID tags
  • ANPR
  • Fingerprint readers

Which method of access control you choose will depend on the level of security you need.

Schedule a Security Fence Gate Installation Estimate

If you’re looking to get a security fence installed, be sure to get the right security gate. And if you need to upgrade an existing gate, we can help you choose from the available options.  It may be of interest to you to know that we are veteran-owned and operated. When you work with us, you’ll get competitive pricing and a quick turnaround. We can also provide you with fence repairs or temporary fencing until your new fence is installed. We understand that protecting your commercial property from intruders is of paramount importance.

To schedule your FREE, onsite estimate, call (720) 418-8194 or complete the contact form and we’ll get back to you by the next business day. Our service area includes Denver, Arvada, Aurora, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, the Front Range, and surrounding areas.

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Commercial Gate Installation You Can Count On

As a Denver metro area property manager, facilities manager, or farmer, you know the value of a good fence with an easy-to-operate gate or gates. If you have an old gate that you’re looking to upgrade for aesthetics or security purposes, you’re in the right place. We provide commercial gate installation for our commercial clients and offer repair services as well.

You may want to replace your existing gate with the same kind. Or you may be interested in learning what your options are. So today, we will go over some of the types of commercial gates to help you decide what’s best for your business, facility, or property.

Keep in mind that the larger the gate, the more likely it is that you will want to have an automatic gate system, where a motorized gate operator takes care of opening and closing the gate. When we come for a site visit, we can go over all of these options and make recommendations.

You can get most of these types of gates in just about any material to match your existing fence. Depending on your budget, some manufacturers can also build custom gates with your logo and custom decorative features. We provide expert commercial gate installation using gates from leading manufacturers.

Swing Gates

A swing gate is the type of gate most of us are familiar with from residential applications. In a commercial setting, you may have one swing gate or a pair of swing gates that open on the left and right. Swing gates are common gates for driveway gates at gated communities, assisted living facilities, farms, wineries, and other businesses accessed by a driveway or vehicle path.

Cantilever / Sliding Gates

Sliding gates slide open using wheels and a track in the pavement, or in the cantilever configuration, the gate moves on rollers that run along the top side of the gate. Cantilever gates can be used in uneven terrain as well as gravel.

Vertical Lift Gates

Vertical lift gates don’t require any space to the sides beyond the size of the gate, so are a good solution where space is at a premium. The gate lifts vertically to allow entry and then closes in a downward fashion via a hydraulics system.  Vertical lift gates are highly secure and might be the commercial gate of choice for industrial facilities, correctional facilities, and military bases.

Pedestrian Swing Gates

Pedestrian swing gates for commercial facilities are essentially the same gates used in residential applications. Locking mechanism options include:

  • Electro-mechanical lock
  • Panic bar
  • Mag-lock
  • Mortise lock
  • Keypad lock
  • Padlock

Pedestrian Turnstiles

While traditional commercial gates limit vehicular traffic, pedestrian turnstiles control people traffic. They can help limit access when you have long lines of people, such as you might have at theme parks, water parks, and mass transit stations. They can be waist high or full height.

Commercial Automatic Gate Openers

Depending on your business and the size and type of your gate(s), you may need an automatic gate opener or gate operator. We can help you determine what automatic gate system will work best for your needs and budget.

Some options include:

  • A manned gate with personnel who buzz the gate open
  • Gate operators with card readers
  • Gate operators with numeric keypads
  • Motion-activated gate openers

We install automatic gate openers compatible with your gate and offer service and repair as needed.

Get a Quote for Commercial Gate Installation

Whether you need a new gate for your ranch or agricultural operation, or you need electric gate installation at your industrial facility, we can help. Simply contact us and let us know what you need, and we’ll schedule an onsite visit to give you a detailed quote. We offer gate repair, gate replacement, and gate installation along with a new fence installation.

We proudly serve commercial clients in the Denver metro area, including Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Littleton, Wheat Ridge, and surrounding areas.

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Why Is My Fence Gate Dragging Answers from the Fence Repair Pros

Why Is My Fence Gate Dragging? Answers from the Fence Repair Pros

The regular opening and closing (slamming?) of a fence gate over the years can cause problems. The most common issue with fence gates is that they start to sag, and drag on the ground when you open or close them. Sure, you can lift the gate to clear the ground each time you open and close it, but that’s annoying, and not a permanent fix.

If you want to fix a sagging gate and you’re relatively handy, you can do it yourself. See the directions below. If you don’t have the tools, the energy, or the desire, call in the fence repair pros.

How to Fix a Sagging Fence Gate

Before you can fix a sagging gate, you have to know exactly what’s causing the sag. It may be something as simple as loose or missing screws at the hinges, in which case you just need to tighten or replace the screws.Other reasons for a sagging fence gate include:

  • Problems with the hinges
  • A lose or rotting gate post
  • Gravity

Here are the solutions for each of those problems. Two solutions are relatively simple, while the other will require some digging as well as mixing and pouring of cement.

1.      Replace Hinges

The hinges may have also rusted out if it’s an old gate, in which case you simply need to replace the hinges. It’s also possible the original hinges were too small for the weight of the gate.

In this situation, unscrew the old hinges from the post and the gate. Before doing this, you’ll want to have your replacement hinges on hand, or plan a trip to the hardware store, taking the old hinges with you for reference. Once you have the new hinges, measure and drill new screw holes and attach the new hinges.

2.      Replace Gate Post

If the hinges are fine, take a look at the gate post. If it is loose, leans, or is showing signs of rot or deterioration, you will need to replace it. Here’s how:

  1. Remove the old gate post. You may need to partially dig it out before rocking it back and forth to loosen it enough that you can pull it out.
  2. Dig a new hole (or deepen the existing hole) for the new post. The new hole should be at least 3’ feet deep so the new post stays solidly upright in the ground. You can rent or buy a post hole digger to make the job less difficult.
  3. Next,pour a small amount of concrete in the hole, set the new post in the hole, and pour the rest of the concrete up to ground level, smoothing it away from the post to promote drainage. Use a level to make sure it’s straight and adjust as necessary. You have about 20 minutes to make adjustments before the concrete sets.
  4. Let the gate post settle and the concrete cure for a couple of days before you re-hang the gate.

3.      Install an Anti-Sag Gate Kit

If the hinges look good and there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the gate post, it may just be that gravity is to blame for a sagging gate. If this is the case, an anti-sag gate kit may be your answer. They’re available at big box stores and hardware stores, as well as online.

These kits include a cable, fittings, a turnbuckle, and all of the mounting hardware you will need. Just be sure you get a kit that fits your gate. When you have your kit, follow the directions carefully, attaching the brackets, turnbuckle, and cable, and tightening everything as directed. This tightening of the cable will eventually lift the bottom corner of the gate that is dragging off of the ground.

Schedule Fence Repair in the Denver Area

Depending on exactly what the problem is with your gate or fence, you might be able to fix it yourself. But if you want to ensure things are done right, schedule fence repair services with Denver Fence Company. We repair all types of fences and gates, including automatic gates, farm gates, yard gates, and more. We serve homeowners and commercial clients throughout the Denver metro area.

If your gate is damaged beyond repair (for example, if a vehicle hit it or a tree fell on it), we can replace it with an identical or similar gate, depending on the original. To get the fastest response, call (720) 418-8194. You can also use our contact form to let us know what you need, and we’ll be in touch by the next business day.