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How to Choose the Best Gate for Your Business

Fence Gate
Business security is essential to your growing company. Security protects not only your investment but also the people and information on your site. Therefore, when choosing a gate for your perimeter security fence, how can you know what is the best fit for your needs?
Here are five questions to answer in order to find out. 
What Kind of Traffic Do You Have?
Assess what type of traffic flow your location already has. Do you have more pedestrian traffic, bicycles, or vehicles going through the gate? Is it largely used by employees, vendors, or clients? What times of day does the location have the most use? This will help you decide whether the gate should be closed at all times, set on a timer of business hours, or perhaps operated by a security guard. 
You will also need to determine what types of vehicles use the gate. Is it large, commercial trucks and trailers? Small business vehicles? Mid-size passenger trucks with towed trailers or heavy equipment? Each of these users has different space needs and turning radii once inside your lot. 
Do You Want Automatic?
The choice between automatic and manual gates has a lot of variables. Automatic gates offer greater security because they open and close with each vehicle and won't be forgotten by employees coming and going. But automatic gates can be an additional nuisance in busy yards or retail locations. An automatic gate can also be an additional expense both for installation and maintenance. 
Should the Gate Swing or Slide?
There are two basic styles of opening and closing gates: swing and sliding. Each has its pros and cons. 
Swinging gates are traditional and dramatic, but they do need more room to swing around to provide access. This space is usually on the inside of the company property, so you'll want to make sure you have the room. You'll also likely need a flat space for the gate to swing over.
Sliders are often a better choice for smaller properties. They can also be programmed to stay open and equipped with a laser beam to help prevent accidental closure and possible vehicle damage. 
What Material Will Work Best?
The gate material is a consideration both for security and aesthetics. Many commercial gates are made from high-quality but durable aluminum. It's lightweight and doesn't suffer from corrosion as much as other metals. On the other hand, aluminum could be seen as being industrial and unfriendly for visitors.
If you want to project a cozier or homier appearance, you may opt for warmer materials, such as wrought iron or even wood grains. You can add softer landscaping and hardware to boost the curb appeal of a gate of any style. 
How Will You Access It?
Finally, how do you want you, your employees, and visitors to access the gate? Gates are generally controlled by a keypad using number or card access. This is ideal for areas you want to limit to authorized employees.
However, clients and vendors will not have this access, so if there are a lot of them you may need another method. Who will have this remote control? How will they be notified of people entering? Will it be a dedicated position to screen guests, such as a security guard, or a task given to an existing employee?
Once you have determined the nature and frequency of those who will use your company's gate as well as how you want to control access, meet with an experienced commercial fence contractor for more details. For more than 60 years, Alta Fence Co. has helped Bay Area businesses meet all their security needs, and we can help you too.