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Is an Automatic Gate System Right for You?

Whether you are considering an automatic gate system for your residence or business, hiring a reliable professional to install your gate system is important. R&S Erection of Concord is just that company. We will create a gate system that best suits your needs and will design in accordance to specific environmental conditions, safety concerns, and security requirements that are unique to each application. You can be assured that your new system will provide you years of reliable, low maintenance service.

Commercial Automatic Gate Systems

Commercial automatic gates systems are not only designed to provide controlled access but also designed to keep people from getting out.  For example, prisons have multi-level automatic gate systems for take-ins, visitors, and parolees. Gated communities often install automatic gate systems to control access and exit as well.

Most often, commercial automatic gate systems utilize heavy-duty magnetic locks with electric strikes. Access control can be managed in a variety of ways:

  • Security guards
  • Cards
  • Keypads
  • Proximity devices
  • Keys

Free Exit Systems

Free exit systems make exiting the premises user-friendly, such as those installed at storage facilities and underground parking. There are several types of automatic gate system designs to meet every conceivable application. While they offer free exit, the entrance can be controlled in a number of different ways.

  • By attendant
  • Magnetic Cards
  • Remote attendant
  • Keypads
  • Biometrics

The cost of these units will be determined by the type of access/exit strategies you wish to install. If you choose to install swing gates, you need to consider the cost-effectiveness. Businesses that benefit most from these types of free exit systems include subdivisions, residential communities (gated), and apartment complexes, as well as commercial and industrial entities. Costs will vary greatly based on the size gates you install as well as the number of cameras, telephone systems, or radio controls associated with the system. R&S Erection of Concord will help you design the most cost-effective automatic gate system that is right for you.

There are various types of free exit systems available, such as:

  • Swing arms
  • Swing gates– single swing & dual swing
  • Rolling gates – single slide and dual slide

Residential Automatic Gate Systems 

From driveway sensors to rolling gates to swing gates, the biggest factor in deciding what type of automatic gate system is right for you is your budget. Residential automatic gate systems can be controlled and monitored in various ways as well:

  • By keypad – each person gets their own unique code
  • Remotely via camera feed – grant access 
  • Remotely via cell phone monitoring
  • Biometrics 

Costs will also vary greatly based on the types and size gates you install, the type of monitoring, and accessibility, as well as the type of locking mechanisms.

Gate Operators

R&S Erection of Concord services many different types and brands of gate operators. Through years of service and installation, we know which operators provide years of reliable service and will recommend operators that are proven to be tough and reliable.

Questions You Should Ask

You will have many questions during the planning stages.  Below are some guidelines to help you ask the right ones: 

  • Clarify what features are included in monitoring your system
  • Clarify your accessibility requirements – both local and remote
  • Inquire as to the ongoing cost of maintenance
  • Question any add-ons on the proposal and determine if they are a necessary
  • Considering the speed at which technology changes,  be sure to inquire about the cost of software updates

Once R&S Erection of Concord has a thorough understanding of what your requirements are for an automatic gate system, they can start designing the perfect system for you. Contact us today for a free estimate!

5 Important Benefits of Automatic Gate Systems

Keeping your home safe and secure is an important task. One of the best ways to secure your house is with an automatic gate. Here are five reasons to consider adding an automatic gate system to your home.

Security

An automatic gate system will make your home much more secure. It discourages intruders and allows you to control who has access to your property. It also keeps your children and pets safe when they are outside. You won’t need to worry about your kids running into the street or strangers entering the yard. The safety and security that an automatic gate provides make it a worthwhile investment.

Add Curb Appeal

A driveway gate makes a beautiful addition to your home’s exterior. Automatic gate systems are available in a variety of materials. You can choose a gate in almost any style you like. You’re sure to find one that will complement the design of your home and make it stand out. In doing so, you’ll give your home an attractive new look and boost your property’s curb appeal.

Increase Property Value

A boost in curb appeal means a boost in home value, so installing an automatic gate will add value to your property. Many potential buyers will appreciate this feature, and it will be an attractive selling point if you ever decide to place your home on the market.

Privacy

Besides restricting unauthorized access, an automatic gate increases your family’s privacy. The proper fencing will ensure that your neighbors cannot see into your yard or your home. The only people who will have access to your home are those you invite inside.

Convenience

With an automatic gate system, you’ll never need to get out of your car in bad weather to open the gate. You also don’t need to worry if you forget to close the gate. You can operate the gate remotely with the touch of a button.

Contact us to learn more about adding an automatic gate system to your home.

Picking the Right Automatic Gate System for You

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Are you in the market for an automatic gate system for your home or business? Oh, the places you’ll go. What seems like such a straightforward process can wind up being fairly confusing if you don’t reign in the selection process.

Ideally, the first automatic gate you choose should be the last automatic gate you choose. That’s because high-quality gates, built and installed by professionals, should last a lifetime. The more detailed you are in your current selection, the more likely you are to select a one-hit wonder that you are as happy with in 30 years as you are now.

Things to Consider When Choosing an Automatic Gate System

Here are some of the things you should consider when replacing an existing gate or building an automatic gate system for the first time.

Work with an experienced installer. It’s always best to go out and get two or three quotes for your automatic gate system. However, make sure you get those quotes from a licensed, insured and experienced garage door and gate installer. You can check business licenses with your local building department or state websites using the company’s license number. That number should be provided on their website, business cards or over the phone. When comparing bids, make sure you compare apples to apples so you don’t go with the lowest bid, only to find it wasn’t as comprehensive as the honest, middle-tier bid from a more experienced fabricator and installer.

What does your HOA have to say about it? When you buy a lot or a new home in a subdivision, you are well-versed on the HOAs. Over time, however, some HOAs can seem almost non-existent – – until you do something you aren’t supposed to. The first thing we do when working with residential or commercial clients is to verify whether or not they are beholden to an HOA. If so, learning the ins-and-outs of what is allowed, and what is not, is worth it. In many cases, your gate plans, colors, materials and so on will need to be approved by the HOA or their established improvements committee, so plan for that. Take the time to figure out what the rules and restrictions are now so you aren’t surprised later. Keep in mind that most installed gates will not fall under warranty if the only reason for replacement is an unhappy HOA. You’ll have to start from scratch, and wind up paying double. That’s no fun.

Choose materials for quality as well as aesthetics. There are plenty of pretty products out there on the market, but that doesn’t mean they are durable. Choosing less durable products will result in maintenance issues, more frequent repairs and – potentially – costly replacement costs down the road. Work with your installer to find an automatic gate system that works aesthetically with your architecture and the surrounding environment, and that will stand the test of time.

What level of security makes sense? It’s easy to think you need the highest level of security available, but that comes with a price and it isn’t always necessary. For almost all residential applications, we recommend a simple access entry system with a single pass code, or perhaps two (one for family, one for guests) and remote controls. The gate itself will help to keep children and pets safe from road traffic and will prevent the average lookie-loo or solicitor from approaching your front door. A simple 4-digit passcode combined with a security alarm is all that’s needed to ensure breaking-and-entering of any kind goes instantly reported to the police. However, if you prefer a higher-level of security, you run a home business or you prefer to know exactly who is entering when, you may opt for a higher-level system that provides individual codes for better security tracking.

Think about long-term maintenance requirements. It’s a good idea to have your automatic gate inspected and serviced every year to keep it running efficiently and to proactively repair or replace parts that look worn before they break down on you. One thing worth remembering: the more moveable parts there are, the more opportunities there are for maintenance issues. Consider what you are interested in when it comes to long-term maintenance responsibilities and choose a gate that fits that vision. It is also worth it to invest in the best-quality mechanical components on the market, which will increase gate efficiency and decrease the amount of time you spend dealing with malfunctions.

The more time you take now in selecting the right design, mechanical systems and access system for your property, the more you will enjoy a lifetime of lowered maintenance as well as reliable security and operation.

Schedule a consultation with R&S and we’ll walk you through the ins and outs of automatic gate selection – no upsells, false promises or hype. We want our customers to choose a gate that makes sense for them, and we make that happen at a competitive price.

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