Is Your Gate Out Of Date? A Guide To UL 325 and ASTM 2200

The safety and security of automatic gates are of the utmost importance, which is why it is essential to make sure they are equipped with up-to-date standards. Understanding the codes and standards that apply to automatic gates is key to ensuring they are safe and effective. In this blog post, we will take a look at two important standards: Gate Code UL 325 and ASTM 2200. We will explore their importance and how they help to keep automatic gates safe and secure.

The Problem With Outdated Standards

When it comes to safety and security for automated gates, outdated standards can be a major concern. Outdated standards can lead to gates that are vulnerable to attack, malfunctioning, or otherwise unsafe. Automatic gates must meet certain standards of quality and safety in order to function properly and protect those who use them. Without up-to-date standards, these gates may not be able to provide the necessary protection or performance.

Unfortunately, many automatic gate systems are still using outdated standards. The UL 325 standard, which was created in 1981, is one example of an outdated standard that is still widely used. While this standard has been updated over the years, it is still not as comprehensive as more modern standards such as ASTM 2200. ASTM 2200 is the latest standard for automated gates and provides more detailed guidelines for gate design, installation, and maintenance.

It’s important to be aware of outdated standards when it comes to automatic gates. Outdated standards may not provide adequate safety and performance, which can lead to serious accidents or security risks. If you’re using an automatic gate system, it’s essential to make sure you’re using up-to-date standards for maximum safety and performance.

 

The Benefits of Up-To-Date Standards

When it comes to ensuring safety and security, having up-to-date standards for automatic gates is essential. The current industry standard for automatic gates is the Gate Code UL 325, as specified by the Underwriters Laboratories, and the ASTM 2200, set forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials. These standards require gate operators to adhere to strict safety guidelines and features to protect people and property, including motion detectors, sensors, and alarms.

Having up-to-date standards can provide a variety of benefits that improve safety and security. For instance, a properly functioning gate operator is able to detect when a person or object has entered its line of sight, and is equipped with sensors that will stop and reverse the gate’s direction if the operator detects an obstacle in its path. It also provides the option for manual override in case of emergency. Moreover, many up-to-date gate operators are equipped with an emergency stop button to halt the gate immediately in case of an emergency situation.

The most important benefit of up-to-date standards is the peace of mind they bring. Knowing that your automatic gate is up to date with current safety and security standards gives you the assurance that your property is secure and your family is safe. Additionally, staying up-to-date on safety standards can help keep your insurance premiums low, as insurers may offer discounts for homes and businesses with updated security measures.

How to Find Out If Your Automatic Gate Is Up-To-Date

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We’re An Open Gate! 🙋 Ask Us Anything! | Frequently Asked Questions

While you’re able to review some of our Frequently Asked Questions on our website (copied below), we’re positive that there are more out there! This is the time to ask them! Ask us anything related to our business, products, services, general questions, etc. We’re an “open gate”! (Pun intended.)

 

  • What is a Gate Opener?
    • A gate Opener is an electronic device that, when activated, can open and close your driveway gate. Gate Openers can be activated in a number of ways, including codes, proximity cards, intercoms, timers, phone apps, bar-code scanners, pushbuttons, motion detection, and more.

 

  • Do you install and repair Mighty Mule gate openers?
    • Mighty Mule gate openers are sold as DIY “Do-It-Yourself” kits intended to be installed by end users. We prefer to install gate opener equipment that has a minimum 3-year warranty, is field serviceable, and is rated for continuous daily use.

 

  • Can I buy a LiftMaster gate opener to install myself?
    • LiftMaster, and many other gate openers, are to be installed by trained gate system technicians only. We have numerous Certified System Designers and Certified Installers on staff who are ready to inspect your site for a free recommendation.

 

  • How much does it cost to install an automatic gate opener?
    • We have installed custom gate systems that range anywhere from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. It is important to note, we only use the highest quality products, and all our gate systems are custom designed to meet your needs.

 

  • What is the best automatic gate opener?
    • There are several high-quality gate openers available, and we find that it varies for each situation. The best automatic gate opener for you is specific to your site. There are a few brands that we think highly of, and a free site inspection by one of our Certified Automated Gate System Designers will enable us to make a recommendation.

 

  • Can any gate be converted to an electronic or automatic gate?
    • For a gate to be automated, it must be structurally sound, move freely, and meet ASTM F-2200 standards for safety. Sometimes, gates can be converted, and other times they need to be replaced with a complete custom automatic gate system.

 

  • Do you install solar powered electric gates?
    • Yes. Solar powered automatic gates are common and very reliable. Solar powered gate systems are especially popular because there is a federal solar tax credit. Also known as the investment tax credit (ITC), this credit allows you to deduct 30% of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes.

 

For More Information Call Quality Gates And Openers at 850-271-3617

The Modern Benefits of Driveway Security Cameras

Check out the New Advancements in

Gate Protection Technology!

The most cautious homeowners possess a Driveway Security Camera that shows you a view from the front door or into the backyard with the ability to ensure the well-being of their home, property, and family. However, with the many advancements in technology along with the lower cost of cameras and hardware, today’s driveway security cameras utilize a variety of abilities, for instance:

☑️ Weatherproof
  • To handle harsh weather, hot or cold, rain or shine;
☑️ Long-Range Night Vision
  • Lenses with the ability to capture close-up images to record license plates;
☑️ License Plate Recognition
  • Available on higher-end cameras;
☑️ Recording Events
  • Not only in real-time but motion-activated;
☑️ Notifications & Recordings
  • Sent to your email, phone, or other mobile devices;
☑️ Tripwire, or Trigger, System
  • Enabling you to set a specific point or size of an object to start recording;
☑️ No Server Required

And so much more!

 

Quality Gates And Openers offers all the latest video technology to protect you, your home and your business. Learn more at www.qualitygatesandopeners.com or Call Us Today at 850-271-3617 for more information on Driveway Security Camera Installation, Upgrade, and Maintenance.

 

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Gate Tips: Decorating For The Holidays 🦃🎄🎅🏻

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s that time of year to pull those beautiful decorations out of the attic and hang them around your property, even on your automated gate and fencing. Occasionally, this can cause a few issues, but knowing these do’s and don’t’s will help you have a less stressful time decorating during the holiday season:

 

  • Don’t block your photo-eye.

    • For all automated gates up to code and in compliance with the UL-325 code, your gate will have what is called a “photo eye”. It’s a device that allows the gate to stay open when the photo eye sensor is activated. And, if the photo eye is obstructed by a wreath or lights on your gate, it will cause the gate to “see” an obstacle and stay open until the issue is rectified.

 

  • Do check/replace batteries.

    • Regardless of whether your gate is AC powered, we always suggest checking the automated gate opener’s battery. Even if it’s brand new, it’s not unheard of to be a battery failure. Consider purchasing a voltmeter from your local hardware store or give us a call Quality Gates And Openers for a courtesy inspection.

 

  • Don’t leave your lights on.

    • While neighbors and passersby truly enjoy the festivity of Christmas lights, keep in mind that your power bill may be temporarily raised during the holiday season. Consider putting the lights on a timer to lessen the burden on your pocketbook.

 

  • Do clear debris/vegetation.

    • Check in and around your automated gate system for debris and vegetation that may inadvertently hinder the use of your gate. Many times during this time of year, you’ll want to keep an eye out for falling leaves. As it gets colder, freezing rain and snow can also cause obstructions. You may consider using Rain-X on your photo eye for weather-related issues.

 

And as always, if you have questions or concerns during this holiday season, contact Quality Gates And Openers immediately!

 

Buying A New Home With An Automated Gate?

Luxury Automated Gates by Quality Gates And Openers

Don’t Forget To Ask These Questions!

 

As you’re searching for a new home, you’ll find that many previous homeowners have found an automated gate system is beneficial – convenient, reliable, and secure. So, when you’re viewing the home with the realtor, be sure to ask these additional questions regarding the functions and condition of the automated gate:

 

Does the gate swing, slide or raise?

If the property you’re looking to purchase has an automated gate, the first thing should be to determine if it swings, slides or raises to open and close. Swing gates tend to be quieter and can have fewer moving parts which may enable you to save money on future maintenance. Slide gates can take up less space and tend to have no gaps under them. This may be an option for those with pets and are worried about potential venturing out of the yard. A vertical pivot gate opens and closes by raising up such as a railroad crossing arm offering considerable space-saving advantages.

 

What is the gate made out of?

Weathering and upkeep are dependent on the gate’s material – metal or wood. Metal gates require minimal upkeep and are very easy to maintain. Aluminum is a naturally rust-resistant material while iron and steel gates are finished with a powder coating to ensure they don’t peel or fade. Metal gates typically don’t give a lot of privacy as they allow the ability to view the property between the slats. Wood gates do create a wonderful sense of privacy and are able to withstand harsh weather conditions and effectively block the wind. However, they will need to be regularly re-stained, re-painted, or treated with a type of protective coating.

 

How is the gate powered?

Automated gates are powered in multiple ways such as alternating current (connected to the property’s power source) or solar-powered (assists during a power outage). Newer model openers can also come with battery back-up.

 

Are there any built-in safety features?

Many gates systems include a variety of built-in safety mechanisms: reversing sensors, guards, alarms, and even siren operated sensors. These beneficial features assist in preventing injuries and damage to your property. However, if not, you’ll be able to easily have them purchased and retrofitted to the existing system.

 

Is the gate still under warranty?

If the gate system is still under warranty, it will be a considerable advantage. This way if there is a manufacturing defect, the warranty will cover the repair and/or replacement costs. Also, it’s possible the warranty will protect against accidental damage as well.

 

Is the gate in need of any repairs?

 

And, last but not least, be sure to check the gate for visible damage: dents, cracks, scratches, splits, rust, etc. You want to ensure everything is in good working order. A slow, unresponsive gate will move irregularly against the track, drag against the ground or stop in the wrong position. Severe damage may require replacing the entire automated gate system and could be costly.

 

Once You’ve Purchased The Property,

Schedule A Courtesy Inspection Today!

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What Separates Us: Quarterly Service Agreement

When our customers are searching for gates or gate service, they tend to find out that we are different from most. We pride ourselves on what separates us from these other companies. Many of these companies will not return to provide maintenance, repairs, or warranty support after the initial installation. They may come from out of town to do so, and then unfortunately they expect you to fend for yourself.

Why is this a problem?

Most gate companies do not offer servicing of your gate after it has been installed. If you’ve ever owned a gate, you understand that gates are problematic by nature. They are often hit by vehicles, struck by lightning, damaged by storms (particularly here in Florida,) or a host of other issues that can go wrong with the operation of a gate.

How We’re Different

At Quality Gates, what separates us (among other things) is that we offer a fully-operational service team to respond within 24 hours (weather-permitting) of your service complaint. We pride ourselves on our quick response time and overt professionalism of our technicians and staff. We offer a default service warranty up to one year from installation at no charge, and after that if you’d like to subscribe to our Quarterly Service Agreement, you also have that option. Based on the myriad problems that gates are susceptible to, we certainly recommend it.

About our Quarterly Service Agreement:

If you choose to subscribe to our QSA, you’ll receive a full servicing of your gate four times per year. This means all operational parts will be inspected, the functionality of your gate will be tested, and we’ll also ensure that your gate has remained compliant with ASTM-F2200 and UL-325 standards (up to code.) In addition to testing all operational components of your gate, we will also clean your operators and apply pesticide, check and tighten bolts and anchors, lubricate moving parts, and more. It is well worth the investment!

For more information on our QSA please call our office. If you’d like to request a quote, please visit our website.

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What Separates Us: A Quality Gate

Our Philosophy.

We are an award-winning custom gate and powder coating business located in Panama City, FL. At Quality Gates, we specialize in the highest quality gate fabrication and craftsmanship. All our technicians and members of our installation and design teams are certified by IDEA (Institute of Door Education and Accreditation,) which surpasses UL 325 and ASTM F-2200 qualifications. Our team has the most up-to-date training and knowledge to ensure a properly designed and installed automated quality gate and opener system.

We offer access control, custom fabrication and powder-coating, including a full one-year warranty on labor and quarterly service agreements to help ensure the longevity of your quality gate.

We proudly service all areas of Northwest Florida, from Cape San Blas to Pensacola and everywhere in between and as far north as Headland, AL. It is our pleasure to provide the best quality gate installations, service, and powder coating around.

Meet our Team

Chris Harris –President/Owner

Brandi Bickford—VP of Finance/Human Resources

Chuck Bunch—Service Manager

Brice Parry–Sales Manager

Rebecca Eckles—Manager of Customer Relationships and Marketing

Chuck (Charles) Wyzard–Manager of Powder Coating

Angel McDonald—Office Assistant

Dakota DeBusk—Lead Installer

Michael Johnson—Service Technician/Powder Coater/Shop Assistance

Joshua Daniels—Service Technician

Bryce Hall—Service Technician

Zippy Pace— Fabricator

Zach Revis— Installation

Brandon Geldert— Shop Help

Mason Langston–Shop Apprentice

We are Essential.

We are deemed an “essential business” by the US Department of Homeland Security and are continuing to work hard through these trying times. We assure you all members of our team have been trained on how to interact with customers using proper social distancing procedures and are ready to serve you. Request a quote today!

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