Business and home owners value the security of their premises, and go the lengths necessary for keeping their land safe. They install security cameras and burglar alarms, and, of course, a proper fence and gate. A fence is the most basic security provision. However, what many people don’t realize is that no matter how strong and impenetrable your fence may be, if your gate is not up to par, your security level is almost nonexistent. A good sturdy access panel will protect your assets in case of a risky situation.
When considering what kind of access gate to purchase both for your home or office, there are several things to consider. One of them is how much space you have for a gate. Some security gates require more room than others. If there is much landscaping, like trees and bushes, you may have less room for a gate to swing. Also, if the terrain is sloped, a swing gate may be out of the question.
The Swing Gate — The swing gate is perfect for residential use. Its appearance is attractive, it can swing out or in, and have one gate panel or two. However, it requires more space than others may. If the area around the gate is sloped upward, a swing gate will not work.
The Sliding Gate — There are two types of sliding gates — rolling and cantilever. The Rolling Gate is just as it sounds. It slides outward on wheels, while fixed in its groove. When the ground is sloped, this gate is perfect. However, it requires much space to the right and left. If you have buildings on either side of the space you which to gate, the sliding gate may not work. A Cantilever gate is like a sliding gate, but has no wheels. Instead, it slides along a track.
Vertical Pivot Gate — like a railway crossing gate, vertical pivot gates move up and down like an arm. They work excellently for small spaces, but when the gate is large, they’re usually very heavy and can get expensive. Also, they require extra security precautions, lest a heavy gate come down when it shouldn’t.
Folding Gates — Folding Gates are pretty nifty. They fold in on themselves, to save space. They can be made ornate and beautiful, or strictly functional. They can be temporary structures placed in front of areas, or more permanent and are also known as scissor gates or accordion gates.
Vertical lift — A Vertical lift gate slides on a vertical track. It can raise into the air to allow large cargo to pass under, or disappear into the ground. If you’re really short on space, the vertical lift gate is the best choice for you.
Whatever your space requirements, there is a security gate for you. Ask us about the options we can help you with.