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In a busy commercial facility, an entrance gate is your first line of defense against unauthorized guests. Despite this, many architects and builders don’t do their due diligence when selecting a gate. Too often, this leads to insecure premises, lost labor hours, increased expenses and a number of other problems down the line.
Tymetal Corp. is a longstanding expert in entrance gate design. Keep reading to learn how to choose a reliable vehicle gate that will deliver peace of mind and productivity for years to come.
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What Makes a Great Entrance Gate?
An entrance gate is something that will see use every day. Great entrance gate design will promote:
- Security : Of course, the most important purpose of an entrance gate is to keep unauthorized guests out. A reliable gate should be strong – meeting ASTM or other related standards for impact resistance – and impossible to circumvent. It must meet these requirements consistently, even during periods of heavy use.
- Durability : A quality entrance gate can be a big investment for any facility. It’s not enough that it provides unbeatable security on paper – it must also be tough enough to continue delivering excellent day-to-day performance well into the future. Aluminum is the preferred metal for vehicle gates, thanks to its lightweight and excellent corrosion resistance, though stainless steel can also be an appropriate choice in certain situations.
- Ease of use: Problems with your entrance gate cannot only compromise security, they can also lead to excessive vehicle idling, lost productivity and other expensive problems. A good gate should facilitate simple, straightforward access control. Optional features such as keycard or number-pad systems can help automate entry and exit, saving your team time and money.
- Reliability : All entrance gates will require some amount of periodic maintenance to keep working their best. A good system will be designed to keep downtime to a minimum. Features such as enclosed components reduce wear and maintenance requirements by keeping dirt and grime out of rollers and other parts.
The last element to consider when shopping for an entry gate is price. When it comes to entrance gates, quite often you get what you pay for. Investing more today in a system that is reliable, safe and tough enough to stand up to any weather condition is generally a better choice for the long run.
What Types of Gates Are Used at Entrances?
Tymetal Corp. manufactures several types of entrance gates for use in both industrial and commercial facilities. Our Fortress cantilevered sliding gates are among our most popular sellers, thanks to their reliable operation, low overall costs and minimal maintenance requirements. We also offer swing gates , vertical lift gates and more. All our systems are made to order to your specifications, and matched with an appropriate operator from one of our trusted suppliers.
Ready to learn more, or to request a quote? Contact Tymetal Corp. to speak with a representative directly.
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Tymetal Corp. is proud to offer custom entry-gate design services. With more than 30 years of expertise, we can match your requirements to develop the best system for your needs. Contact us today to learn more.
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Accessible Entrances: Minimum Number
At least 60% of public entrances must be accessible in new construction, in addition to entrances directly serving tenancies, parking facilities, pedestrian tunnels and elevated walkways. “Public entrances” include all entrances except those that are restricted or that are used exclusively as service entrances.
Public Entrances Required to be Accessible
Components of Accessible Entrances
Entrance landings must accommodate door maneuvering clearances as well as landings for provided ramps.
[ §206.4.7 ]
If entrances are restricted to certain occupants on a controlled basis, at least one must comply in addition to public entrances required to be accessible. This applies to those entrances where entry access is verified by security personnel and is strictly limited to certain occupants, but no one else, including guests or companions of authorized individuals. All other types of entrances, excluding service entrances, are considered “public entrances” under the Standards, including employee-only entrances requiring keys or access cards or codes but that lack the level of security of restricted entrances.
Two-Way Communication Systems
In alterations to existing facilities, accessible entrances are required:
- if an existing entrance is altered (and no fully compliant entrance already exists);
- when entrances are newly added to a facility or as part of a facility addition; or
- as necessary to achieve an accessible path of travel to primary function areas that are altered (unless disproportionate to the cost).
When alterations are made to primary function areas, a connecting accessible path of travel from site arrival points is required to the extent that it does not exceed more than 20% of the project cost. Achieving an accessible entrance should be the top priority in providing the accessible path of travel according to regulations implementing these Standards.
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Doors, Doorways and Gates
Compliance is required for doors, doorways, and gates providing user passage on accessible routes. At least one accessible door, doorway, or gate serving each accessible room, space, and entrance must comply.
Manual Doors and Gates
[ §404.2.3 ]
The clear width is measured from the stop to the face of doors or gates open 90⁰ (or to the leading edge of sliding or folding doors. No projection into the clear width is permitted below 34″.
Clear Width and Vertical Clearance of Doors and Gates
[ §404.2.4 ]
Required maneuvering clearances provide space for opening and proceeding through doors, doorways, and gates using wheelchairs and other mobility aids.
Maneuvering clearances are specified according to direction of approach, swing of doors, and in some cases the presence of a closer or latch. They are required on both sides of doors or gates except at those that can be used in one direction only.
Clearance beyond the latch side is not required at entry doors to hospital patient rooms. Such doors are usually wider to accommodate beds and gurneys, and they are often located close to adjacent interior walls to facilitate circulation and to enhance privacy.
Recessed Doors and Gates
[ §404.2.4.3 ]
Thick walls, casework, shelving, columns and other elements can cause doors or gates to be recessed. If any obstruction within 18″ of the latch side projects more than 8″ from the face of a door or gate, maneuvering clearances for a forward approach must be provided. This space must be inset at obstructions so that it is no more than 8″ from the face of the door or gate.
[ §404.2.5 ]
The height of thresholds is limited to 1/2″ in new construction. The edge must be beveled 1:2 maximum above a height of 1/4″. A maximum height of 3/4″ is permitted for existing or altered thresholds if they have a beveled edge on each side with a slope not steeper than 1:2. These requirements apply to all types of doors required to comply, including sliding doors.
Doors and Gates in Series
[ §404.2.6 ]
At hinged or pivoted doors or gates in series, a separation is required that is at least 48″ plus the width of doors or gates swinging into the space. This allows users to clear one door or gate before opening the next and applies to those doors or gates that are opposite each other where travel through both doors is required.
Recommendation: Wheelchair space 30″ minimum by 48″ minimum beyond the swing of a door in other configurations, such as vestibules with doors on adjacent walls, will provide room to clear one door before opening the next.
Door and Gate Hardware
[ §404.2.7 ]
Door and gate hardware must:
- allow one-hand operation
- not require tight grasping, pinching, or twisting of the wrist
- operate with 5 lbf maximum
- be located 34″ to 48″ above the floor or ground.
Hardware that can be operated with a loose grip or closed fist, such as lever-shaped handles and U-shaped pulls, accommodates the greatest range of users. (Closed-fist operation, while advisable, is not mandated by the Standards). Round door knobs do not comply because they require twisting of the wrist.
Latches and locks with small parts that must be manipulated can be difficult to use and will not comply if pinching is necessary. However, keys and access cards that are not part of the lockset are not required to comply (but those that do not require pinching or turning provide better access). Hardware that does not require simultaneous actions are better, but some types, such as handles with thumb latches are acceptable.
[ §404.2.9 ]
The maximum 5 lbf opening force applies to all accessible doors and gates except:
- fire doors (minimum opening force allowed by code)
- exterior hinged doors (no maximum specified)
- latch bolts and other devices that keep doors or gates closed
The 5 lbf maximum applies to the continuous application of force necessary to fully open a door, not the initial force needed to overcome the door’s seal resulting from unequal pressure. Latch bolts must be retracted and other devices that keep doors or gates closed must be disengaged prior to measuring the opening force. (Such devices, like other door and gate hardware, must operate with a maximum 5 lbf force (§404.2.7), but their operating force is not included in the measure of door or gate opening force). Door pressure gauges and other products are available to measure the opening force.
Measuring Door or Gate Opening Force with Pressure Gauge
When using door gauges and other measuring devices, it is advisable to follow these steps (except where product instructions specify otherwise):
- Open the door so that the face edge aligns with the door frame outside edge
- Place gauge immediately above door operating hardware about 2½″ from the latch edge of the door (approximately the centerline of the door hardware)
- Push slowly keeping the pressure gauge perpendicular to the face of the door
- Remove the pressure gauge when the door is open 70 degrees.
Opening Force of Exterior Doors
The opening force of exterior swing doors is impacted by wind loading and other exterior conditions, gasketing, HVAC systems, energy efficiency, and the weight of doors. The minimum force needed to ensure proper closure and positive latch usually exceeds the accessible limit of 5 pounds of force (lbf) required at other doors. For this reason, a maximum opening force is not specified for exterior hinged doors.
Door and Gate Surfaces
[ §404.2.10 ]
The bottom surface of doors and gates on the push side must be smooth to a height of at least 10″. This facilitates access since mobility aids, including wheelchair footrests, are sometimes used to push or prop open doors. Kick plates can be used to help protect door surfaces, but any gaps or cavities between the kick plate and the door surface must be closed or capped. Horizontal or vertical joints in this surface cannot exceed a 1/16″ variation in plane.
These requirements do not apply to:
- Sliding doors
- Doors and gates that do not extend to within 10″ of the finish floor or ground
- Existing doors or gates with kick plates (so long as cavities created by kick plates are capped)
- Tempered glass doors without stiles if the top edge of the bottom rail or shoe is tapered at least 60⁰ from the horizontal.
Communication Access at Doors
[ §806.3.2 ]
In addition to requirements for two-way communication systems provided at restricted entrances, the Standards include requirements for communication access in transient lodging and residential facilities:
- visible signals for door bells or knocks are required in transient lodging guest rooms providing communication access (§806.3.2);
- a hard-wired doorbell with visible signals is required at the primary entrance in dwelling units providing communication access, along with a means to visually identify visitors without opening the door, such as a vision panel or peephole (§809.5.5).
Doors and Gates Operated Only By Security Personnel
[ §404.1, Ex ]
Manual doors, doorways, and gates that are designed to be operated only by security personnel, such as guards in a jail or prison, are exempt from requirements for hardware, closing speed, and opening force, but must meet all other requirements, including those for maneuvering clearance. This exception applies only where security personnel have sole control of doors or gates. If automated, such doors or gates are required to comply only with provisions for clear width and thresholds, as well as applicable provisions of the referenced ANSI/BHMA Standards.
Automatic and Power-Assisted Doors and Gates
Doors are not required to be automated, but must comply when provided. The Standards apply industry Standards developed under protocols of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and published by the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA). The ANSI/BHMA Standards address operating characteristics, including opening speed, safety features, sensors and activation devices, and labeling, among others. Doors are classified by their type or level of automation.
Power-Assisted Doors and Gates
Power-assisted devices reduce the opening force of doors with closing mechanisms.They are activated by initial manual force, switches, or sensors. Most reduce, but do not fully eliminate, the manual force needed to open a door. For this reason, they must meet maneuvering clearance requirements.
Low Energy Doors and Gates
Low energy doors and gates usually require activation by the user through a push plate or control and are often used in moderate traffic locations as an alternative to manual operation. Most function like a manual type but with a powered opener and closer option.
Automated Door (Low Energy)
[ §404.3.5 ]
Door and gate controls must be compliant as operable parts (operable with one hand and without tight grasping, pinching, twisting of the wrist, or more than 5 lbf). Clear floor space at controls must be located outside the door swing to prevent users from getting hit by the door.
Clear floor space at door control must be located outside door swing.
Full-Powered Automatic Doors and Gates
Full-powered automatic doors and gates are often found in grocery and retail stores, hotels, and airports to ease passage with shopping carts or luggage. Most are automatically activated by mats or overhead sensors and do not require manual activation by users.
Automated Door (Full-Powered)
Must a primary entrance be accessible?
The Standards require that primary entrances to dwelling units be accessible. It is advisable, though not required, that access be provided to the primary entrances of other types of facilities.
Is there a maximum travel distance to entrances from parking and other site arrival points?
No, the Standards do not limit the travel distance to accessible entrances. Accessible parking spaces must be located on the shortest accessible route to an accessible entrance (relative to other spaces in the parking facility). A quantitative travel distance between entrances and site arrival points is not specified. In addition, accessible routes must coincide with, or be located in the same area as, general circulation paths.
Is automation of doors required?
Automation of doors is not required by the Standards, but it is highly recommended for entrance doors where the opening force is significant. A maximum opening force is not specified for exterior hinged doors because of the closing force typically necessary for ensuring positive latch against wind loading, air pressure, and other conditions. This often results in opening forces well above the 5 lbf maximum. Difficulty opening exterior swing doors is a common complaint. Automation offers the best solution. Otherwise, closers should be set with the minimum force practicable.
Do requirements for “public entrances” apply only to those entrances used by the public?
No, scoping provisions for accessible public entrances are not limited to those used by the public. The term “public entrance” applies to all entrances other than service or restricted entrances. “Restricted entrances” are those available for common use (but not public use) on a controlled basis. This is intended to apply specifically to entrances where user identity is verified and entry is strictly limited to certain occupants, but no one else, including guests or companions of authorized individuals. Other types of entrances with lower levels of security, including employee-only entrances requiring keys, keypads, or access cards, are considered “public entrances.”
Are employee entrances required to be accessible?
Where employee entrances meeting the definition of a “restricted entrance” are provided, at least one must be accessible. Other types of employee entrances must be accessible as “public entrances.” In facilities with separate visitor and employee entrances, access should be dispersed so that accessible entrances serve both types of traffic.
Are closet doors and pantry doors required to comply?
Requirements for doors, doorways, and gates in §404 apply to those that provide “user passage” (§206.5). Doors serving walk-in closets or pantries must comply. Doors to shallow closets or pantries, cabinets and other storage elements not providing user passage do not have to comply with provisions for doors, but must meet requirements for storage (§811), including those for clear floor space and operable parts.
Is compliance on both sides of a door or gate required when it is usable only from one side?
No, compliance is not required on both sides of those doors or gates that can be used in one direction only. Compliance is required only on the usable side. Examples include exit-only doors with no operating hardware on the exterior side or separate enter and exit fare gates in transit stations. However, if a door or gate is usable in both directions, even occasionally, such as exit-only doors that may automatically unlock in emergencies to be usable from both directions, then compliance on both sides is required.
Can handrails or other elements overlap door maneuvering clearances?
No, door maneuvering clearances must be free of any overlapping objects, even those providing knee and toe clearance, which can interfere with maneuvering at doors and doorways. However, door maneuvering clearances can be offset up to 8″ from the face of the door or gate to accommodate wall thickness, casework, shelves, or other elements adjacent to doorways, including handrails. The door maneuvering clearance must be measured from the leading edge of such elements so that the full clearance is free of any obstruction.
Is latch-side maneuvering clearance as specified in the Standards applicable to doors with panic bars?
When latch-side clearance is required as part of the maneuvering clearances specified for a door, including on the push side of doors with a forward approach that have both a closer and latch, it must be provided at manual doors with panic bars as well. Latch-side clearance not only provides proper positioning at door hardware but also facilitates proceeding through doors against the force of closers.
Are locks operated by keys prohibited due to the pinching or twisting of the wrist their operation typically requires?
No, non-fixed portions of door or gate hardware, including keys and access cards, are not covered by the Standards, but those that can be used without pinching or turning will provide easier access. Non-fixed portions can be modified or adapted as needed for accessibility.
Are spring hinges and gravity hinges considered “closers” in determining the size of maneuvering clearances?
No. Some approaches require additional maneuvering clearances when a door or gate is equipped with a closer because of the additional force that must be counteracted in proceeding through doors. Since spring and gravity hinges do not significantly impact the opening force of doors, they are not considered “closers” for purposes of specifying door maneuvering clearance.
Can maneuvering for a forward approach be provided when there is space at least 60″ deep in front of a door?
Space at least 60″ deep in front of a door that is unobstructed on approach sides will provide sufficient depth for a forward approach if appropriate strike-side clearance is provided; but in the case of pull-side/ hinge-side approaches, greater latch-side clearance (36″ minimum) is still required because the minimum depth for this clearance is 60″ (54″ if the latch-side clearance is at least 42″).
Is additional latch side clearance required on the push side of doors with a forward approach when either a latch or closer (but not both) is provided?
No, latch clearance 12″ minimum is required for forward approaches on the push-side of doors equipped with both a closer and a latch. If a door has a closer but no latch, or a latch and no closer, no additional latch side clearance is required (although providing the clearance is helpful in maneuvering through doors with closers without latches). This is also true for the additional depth required for hinge approaches on the push side when both a closer and latch is provided. For latch approaches, additional clearance is required on the push side and the pull side when just a closer is provided.
Are screen doors or storm doors considered “doors in series”?
No, screen or storm doors are not considered “doors in series” since they are part of the same doorway opening as the entry door. They are not prohibited by the Standards but must meet all applicable requirements for doors except those pertaining to doors in series.
If a more recent edition of ANSI/BHMA Standards for automated doors is issued should that be followed instead of those referenced?
The specific editions of the ANSI/BHMA Standards referenced by the Standards are to be followed (although the Access Board intends to update references to keep them current). Compliance with a later edition may be possible under the provision for “equivalent facilitation” (§103) if it is comparable to, or stricter than, the referenced editions.
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How to Design and Build a Wooden Gate (Illustrated Guide)
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When you decide to build a wooden gate , you’ll need to keep a few things in mind. The first is what your intended purpose is. You may want a purely decorative gate, perhaps to act as an arbor framing your walkway, or a more secure gate that provides access to the yard through a fence.
Depending on the size, you can prevent someone from seeing or accessing your yard–with solid wood panel design and strong, secure hardware. This guide will walk you through the most basic processes that go into designing and building a tall gate or doorway into your private yard . Simply by following some of these absolutely fundamental rules will ensure that your gate works properly and stays secure for years to come.
Based on Paul Corsetti’s article (used with permission.)
One of the most crucial parts of a gate’s design is the cross-brace, which starts from the top corner opposite the hinges (the free-swinging side of the gate), pointing down to the lower hinged side of the gate. The cross-brace acts just like an enormous shelf bracket that holds the gate’s structure at a 90-degree angle to the post on which it’s mounted. No sagging gates, please!
A cross-brace will usually be constructed of a 2 x 4 material and acts as a compression load that keeps the gate nice and square. Here’s how it works: gravity allows the weight of the gate to be distributed inward down the length of the 2 x 4 to the bottom hinge and into the post, instead of pulling directly downward and placing too much stress on the hinges. It’s just the simple physics of a triangle that makes this work.
If your cross-brace is at an angle greater than 45 degrees from the base of the gate, your door will support itself and last a lot longer.
Also of importance is that an angle less than 45 degrees will render your cross-brace totally ineffective, and the weight of the gate will place undue stress on the hinges. That’ll result in a gate that sags out of shape. Your latch might not strike the lock properly, rendering it less secure, or the gate could hit the post and never close properly again unless you lift the gate to close it–and that’s a pain.
Posts and Structure
An interesting factor that you might not have thought about before installing the posts is to check your area’s typical depth of frost. Depending on where you live, you’ll want to ensure that your posts are set into concrete well below the indicated frost level for your area. The concrete provides you with a solid anchor into the ground, so your gate or fence won’t wobble.
If frost isn’t a factor where you live, a depth of 30 inches should be enough to support your gate. To begin installing your posts, you’ll need to dig a hole between 30 to 36 inches deep (or below your frost level). Each hole should be about 6 inches wider than your post.
So if the post is 4 inches wide, the hole should be no less than 10 inches wide. After the hole has been dug, pour a few inches of gravel in the hole to help with drainage. Set the post into the hole and fill in around it with concrete.
Keep the post straight with a level. You may choose to have a second person help you keep the post level. Make any needed final adjustments to the post before the concrete dries.
If you’d like a more decorative element, like a header to walk under, you’ll need to make the posts long enough to install one above the gate’s opening–and long enough to prevent you from bonking your head on it. You might choose a decorative beam with scrolled ends, a curve in the center, or a trellis-style header. The header acts as a spacer between the two posts.
When the gate is mounted to the hinge-post, a header prevents the structure from leaning or warping. Wood is a malleable material! It will bend, twist, shrink, and expand constantly from the weather or humidity.
The more support you add through structural elements, the longer your gate will stand.
Next, you’ll need to consider the width of the gate. A single gate shouldn’t be built too much wider than 42 inches, or 3.5 feet. The wider your gate, the lower the angle of your cross-brace, and your gate will sag.
To ensure your cross-brace’s angle stays greater than 45 degrees, the height of your door has to be greater than the width. If you want a wider opening, and a double-door gate isn’t sufficient, do some research into stronger metal brackets. These could help keep hold your door square, but this isn’t guaranteed.
Wood and Materials
In many regions, you have two choices for lumber: pressure-treated lumber (PT) and non-pressure treated (NPT). The real difference is that pressure treating adds chemical preservatives to the wood that help it resist rot and bugs. Both options are readily available, although the species may change depending on availability in your area.
When you choose a NPT lumber, you’ll want to select a wood that has natural resistances to rot and bugs. The chart below shows North American species that have these resistances. PT lumber tends to be cheaper than most NPT, and and has a lower natural resistance to rot or bugs, hence, why it is treated with chemicals that give it those properties.
New environmental regulations have changed many of the chemical compounds used in PT wood, so you’ll want to ensure you’re using approved fasteners with a rating for ACQ (alkaline copper quaternary, a wood preservative), because the wrong kind of fasteners may rot when in contact with the chemicals in PT lumber. Even when using NPT lumber, ACQ fasteners are still highly recommended, due to the higher lifespan. Non-ACQ can turn the wood black as the fasteners oxidize, which is an ugly detail.
When you start selecting the lumber for your gate, look for the straightest possible pieces. An ideal piece is a kiln-dried wood, which has much of the moisture content lowered, reducing the risk of warping or twisting. When looking at PT lumber, the wood will often be freshly cut, so it will have a high moisture content.
This means that it has a greater tendency to twist and warp as it dries. Selecting the right piece of PT can be tricky. Choose lumber that seems lighter in weight and looks very straight.
You’ll also want to look for lumber with small knots to help control the warping issues even more. Keeping all of these factors in mind will ensure your gate warps minimally after you’ve built it. On to hinges.
When looking at hinges, latches, and keyhole locks, you’ll need to know the approximate weight of the gate you’ve built. If you’ve built it right, you’ll probably need two people to lift and hang it in place, so it may weigh anything from 50 to 150 pounds. You’ll need hinges large enough to support the relative weight of the gate.
The screws should be deep set enough to grab the main 2 x 4 structure of the door. A properly built gate will swing back and forth for years to come, so you’ll want it to stand up to some harsh conditions, like windy days, the occasionally bumps and scrapes by wheel barrels and lawnmowers, or even kids kicking soccer balls at it! If your budget allows, consider using stainless steel hardware, since a lighter metal might not hold up to abuse.
As a gate swings closed behind you, the latch is under a lot of pressure, and in time, may work its way loose or even bend. You can install a doorstop on the gate that will prevent the bumps that cause damage to the latch. A doorstop can just be a small piece of wood that extends from the gate, catching the post when it shuts.
Building a gate that passes the test of time begins and ends with proper design. Using an effective cross-brace, properly framing the posts, and using quality lumber and hardware will ensure that your gate functions perfectly. Now that you’ve been armed with the basics of gate construction, we hope you’ll create your own gate with a design that matches your individual style!
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Sliding gate design is the most sought-after main gate design in the world. Given the limitation with using swinging gate design, lately, people have started to prefer sliding gate design over the conventional swinging gate design for the front gate .
Modern Sliding Gate Design
Many homes don’t have the space for a grand, palace-style gate. We will need a gate
that fits the space and looks majestic.
Modern sliding gate designs are an engineering wonder. These sliding gates glide along on a rail and do not block the road like conventional gates.
Most importantly, sliding gates can be installed even in a cramped-up area where there is not enough room for swinging doors to open and shut.
Sliding gates can be installed on uneven ground and steep slopes. You can install a sliding gate design with either manual or automated mechanisms.
Sliding Gate Design Explained
A sliding gate can move on a rail that is generally fixed to the ground. These gates move horizontally, unlike regular swing gates.
There are two options for a sliding gate design – manual and automatic. The automated system uses a motor and a transmitter to control the gate’s movements.
Because of many advantages over its peer gate designs, today’s sliding gate design has become an integral part of modern architecture . Sliding gates are simple to install, look great, and are very easy to use.
A sliding design for the main gate offers the builder freedom to try various patterns for the house elevation and exterior and interior designs . Since sliding gate design is very accommodative in its mechanism, they are easy to operate and can be used in any part of your house, from the main gate to the back door to the cupboard to the garage.
Any gate’s primary purpose is to provide safety and security. Sliding gates not only look great and modern, but these do not compromise security as well.
Sliding Gate Design Types
Depending on the location where the main gate is to be installed, use, convenience, cost, and other factors, three sliding gate designs are based on their operational mechanism.
Track sliding gate design
These gates are moved on rail tracks that have been installed on the ground. Track sliding gate design is famous in commercial, residential, and office buildings due to its ease of use and smooth operation. Track sliding gates must be well maintained and made of durable material. To avoid friction and create a gurgling sound, grease the rails, channels, and rollers. The track sliding gates will last a long time if they are maintained well.
Cantilever sliding gate design
Cantilever sliding gates can be used when ground tracks are not available to run the gate and when there is always something blocking the channels when installing sliding gates. A cantilever is the best alternative for busy roads and areas where installing tracks is impossible.
The track sliding gate rolls on a wheel at the bottom of the gate, with supporting wheels at the back. On the other hand, a cantilever sliding gate is suspended above ground and moves via rollers that run along the top and inner of the fence, attached to a vertical concrete foundation.
Automatic telescopic sliding gate design
Automatic telescopic sliding gates are ideal for a single-side sliding arrangement is impossible due to limited space or no runback. Because sliding gate design does not take up much driveway space, they can span large driveways and aren’t affected by slopes up to the road. However, they need room to open.
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3 Key Factors to Consider While Choosing a Sliding Main Gate Design
Your home’s exterior style will dictate the type of your gate. The kind of your gate should complement the exterior of your home and not be out of place. A galvanized sliding steel gate, for example, is perfect for a modern, contemporary house. A wrought iron sliding gate design, on the other hand, complements older or more traditional architectural properties and can be used in a variety of styles.
(1) The Type of Main Gate Design: Broadly speaking, there are two factors will determine the type of main gate design that you choose – style and size.
There are many options for gates, but the most popular two being swing gates or sliding gates. A swing gate is used for driveways. You can choose from single, double, or bi-fold swing gates. Depending on the space available and your architectural needs, you can choose from single, double, or bi-fold swings.
On the other hand, a sliding gate design can give your property a contemporary, modern look.
(2) Property Size: It is vital to consider the size of your property and the amount of space you are willing to give to the front entrance gate. A sliding gate that is compact and easy to install will work well for smaller driveways. However, large driveways can be able to accommodate a swing gate.
(3) Maintenance of Gate: Different material requires different maintenance needs. A sliding wooden gate, for example, needs to be stained or treated regularly. On the other hand, a Wrought iron slider gate requires less maintenance and is more resistant to corrosion when adequately protected.
9 Tips & Tricks for Installing a New Gate
This guide will show you how to install your main gate.
Step 1: Take expert’s advice: If you have even slightest of doubt about the process of installation of gate, it is highly recommended you hire an expert or at least take his advice. If your gate has an installation manual, read the instructions thoroughly. Each gate is different, and each manual will detail how to install it.
Step 2: Site of main gate installation: When buying real estate, it is crucial to consider the surrounding area. It is also essential to view the site when installing your gate. It is vital to make sure your gate can be opened or closed in the place you choose. Depending on the space available, you might choose from different types of gates. Consider whether you’ll be using single, double, or sliding gates.
Step 3 : Inspect the soil: You’ll need to adjust your gate posts based on the soil type. To prevent corrosion, you need to protect your gate posts.
Step 4: Continuous measurement: Once you have completed your research about the soil types and the best way to place the posts, keep a measuring tape on hand. Measure the distance between the gate posts. After the holes are dug, measure the space again. If the posts move a little during installation, it is easy to lose your way. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Step 5: Level the ground beneath your main gate: You can use a shovel or a rake to level it. It is better than waiting until you hang up your gates to find out if you hit a bump. To ensure that the gate can be closed, you will need to double-check.
Step 6: Digging the post holes: If you don’t get the holes right, your post could twist. It is vital to ensure safety when digging because you never know what may be under it. There might be cables or pipes under the surface. Apart from that, you must ensure that there is enough digging space.
Step 7: Adjust hinges and post: Adjustable hinges can be used if the post is moving. It is impossible to predict when concrete or soil will dry up.
Step 9: Maintain the gate: After installing your gate, make sure you maintain it properly to ensure it lasts. You can easily clean your gate by washing it and removing any weeds.
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The area required for the opening of a sliding gate is similar to the width of the gate and some extra feet for access.
There is a fixed track which is installed on the base of the gate. The sliding gate with the help of the wheels runs on this track to open and shut close
It depends upon what you are expecting and what you have got at your disposal. If you do not a high-maintenance gate, you can go for a swinging gate option. A sliding gate is a great answer for places where there is not enough space for a swinging gate to swing open and close. Sliding gate saves space, but yes it is not as low on maintenance as swinging gate. You need to keep the track cleared of obstruction by debris or anything else along which a sliding gate runs.
Yes! you can secure your sliding gate. Here are a few tips on that.
The last paragraph of this article features step-by-step process on how to install a sliding gate. Hopefully, that will be helpful.
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The commercial building gate system presents many purposes. They are important for low cost and low maintenance security. They help ensure that only authorized vehicles and individuals can get access to your property. Commercial gates also provide privacy for your business.
Manual doors, doorways, and gates that are designed to be operated only by security personnel, such as guards in a jail or prison, are exempt from requirements for hardware, closing speed, and opening force, but must meet all other requirements, including those for maneuvering clearance.
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