How to Choose a Security Gate
Commercial and industrial operations should invest in security gates. This is because they offer a convenient access control solution and reduce the risk of merchandise, equipment and materials being stolen or vandalized. Here’s a quick guide to the different gates available to help you choose the right one for your needs.
1. Double swing gates
Double swing gates are the standard solution, opening either inward or outward, depending on application and available space. They’re relatively cheap, durable, easy to install and can be automated if required. Their main downside is that they require a lot of space to operate and that motorized versions can pose a safety hazard.
2. Sliding gates
These gates use a sliding panel set on wheels, meaning they’re ideal when you need to block off a wide entrance but don’t have the space to accommodate swinging gates. The downside is that they require more maintenance than other types, especially in the winter.
3. High-traffic cantilever gates
A cantilever gate is similar to a sliding one except it’s suspended on a series of mounting posts equipped with wheels. These allow the gate to open and close. Since the wheels and gate are never in contact with the ground, cantilever gates are typically faster and more durable than sliding gates. They’re ideal for high-traffic areas.
4. Overhead sliding gates
These highly specialized gates are ideal for large openings that would otherwise be difficult to close off. They’re often used for industrial or commercial sites that use or store valuable or dangerous materials and equipment and still need to let large transport vehicles in and out of the complex. They can be constructed to be as high as 40 feet to prevent any kind of unauthorized entry. Their main downside is that they’re expensive and complicated to install.
5. Swing barrier gates
Swing barrier gates are a common sight in parking lots. They prevent vehicles from going through but allow pedestrians to come and go as needed. They’re especially useful for regulating vehicle access to areas with heavy foot traffic and thus minimizing the risk of accidents.
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