Types of Commercial Automatic Gates11/17/2013 Back To Blog
A great many businesses are looking to increase security and safety of their premises using a gate opener installation. There is a huge variety of choice available for commercial usage and here is a short guide to the types on the market today.
When most businesses consider a sliding gate operator, repair costs are usually a consideration. However, maintenance service contracts are readily available which can reduce the risk of malfunction and cover emergency repairs. However, it is important to consider the type of barrier which is best suited to your specific premises to further reduce the risk of malfunction. There are three types of barrier:
• Swing: These are hinged on one or two panels.
They tend to be the cheapest option but can only be properly utilized on driveways which have sufficient clearance and are relatively level.
• Sliding: These are able to function on driveways which are even at a steep angle and require very minimal clearance. They move on a fixed track using wheels and rollers and usually can be installed with a sliding gate safety sensor to prevent accidental closure on vehicles and injuries.
• Lifting: These are useful for premises with limited space for access. They usually have roll up gates which lift vertically with minimal clearance needed.
Commercial barriers can be automatically opened through mechanical or hydraulic means. Mechanical gates draw on main line power and usually require some form of back-up power source in case of black out. Hydraulic openers can open larger gates very quickly and are usually more durable against vehicle collision.
These types of gates also have a number of safety features to prevent injuries and accidents. Many feature infrared beams which detect any obstructions in the path of a closing barrier. However, the barrier may not open for unauthorized vehicle access, so it is important to display warning signs to further prevent accidental impacts.