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Gate Operator Systems
At El Paso Garage Door & Gate, we provide peace of mind that you will receive the privacy and protection that you desire. With our gate operators, rest assured that you can come and go with ease. A gate operator is the mechanized arm that helps your gate open and close. A signal is sent from an access control, such as a remote control or keypad that tells the motor to open or close the gate. It will automatically reverse in direction if it hits an obstacle and can stay open if instructed.
How Does A Gate Operator Work?
There is not much difference between a Gate Operator and a garage door opener. When you click the provided hand-held transmitter in your vehicle, a radio signal is sent to a receiver box which is mounted near the gate. The receiver carries the message to the control box that activates a circuit which initiates movement in the gate operator arm. The arm will physically swing or slide the gate open. The gate can be set to then close by pressing the transmitter button again or to close automatically after an allotted amount of time.
What Gates Will A Gate Operator Work On?
Gate operators are manufactured to work with various swing and sliding gates. Each has power rating to compensate for the variety of sizes and weight of each gate. Electric swing gate operators come in two basic styles: Linear and Articulated. The Articulated Arm style is pad mounted and works better on heavier than normal gates and high use situations. It is not recommended to use a solid wood gate, as wind resistance could pose a problem. It also creates an additional strain on the wood frame.
Swing Gate Openers
Swing gate equipment can be electro-mechanical or electro-hydraulic in nature. Electro-mechanical equipment is generally designed for the domestic user and has a duty cycle that suits family residences and driveways that are not busy throughout the day. Electro-hydraulic equipment is generally designed for a higher duty cycle and is suitable for busy entrances and prestige gates. Post-mounted operators (Mechanical or Hydraulic) are fixed to the gatepost and a sturdy cross member on the gate.
Sliding Gate Openers
Sliding gates offer a number of advantages over swing gates. A sliding gate requires less space, which allows the full length of the driveway to be usable for parking vehicles. It also offers higher security due to the stronger resistance to being pushed open than swing gates. Sliding gates will also work on an upward sloping driveway where a pair of swing gates would not be able to open inward.
Will A Gate Operator Work With My Gate?
If a gate is already installed, it is important to make sure that it will work with an Electric Gate Operator. They will work with most well-made gates however you should check that your gate is in good operating condition. Check your gate for the following:
- Is it plumb and level?
- Does it swing freely on its hinges?
- Can it move without dragging on the ground?
- Are the gate posts strong enough and secured in the ground with concrete to minimize flex or twist?
- Does the gate have a horizontal cross member to provide stability?
- And so much more.
Please remember that every electric gate and its usage is unique, therefore it is imperative to obtain professional advice about suitable operators from qualified electric gate installers. They must comply with the latest safety guidelines.