Is Your Gate Out Of Date?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The Problem With Outdated Standards

When it comes to safety and security for automated gates, outdated standards can be a major concern. Outdated standards can lead to gates that are vulnerable to attack, malfunctioning, or otherwise unsafe.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Unfortunately, many automatic gate systems are still using outdated standards. The UL 325 standard, which was created in 1981, is one example of an outdated standard that is still widely used.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It’s important to be aware of outdated standards when it comes to automatic gates. Outdated standards may not provide adequate safety and performance, which can lead to serious accidents or security risks.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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It’s A Full-On Sprint To Outdoor 🎄 Christmas 🎀 Decorating: Automated Gate Edition

 🎄Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! 🎀

 

With the Thanksgiving weekend behind us, it’s a full-on sprint to Christmas! With an array of decorating decor from bows to wreaths to garlands and lights, planning a beautiful outdoor Christmas display takes a lot of planning. And, that planning starts with your gate as your guests enter through your magical wonderland.

Even the most experienced holiday decorators could use some tips and tricks along the way…

  1. Be sure to inspect the area you’ll be decorating for obstacles such as low tree limbs, debris around the gate or opener, landscape contours, plus the location of your driveway and walkways in conjunction with your gate.
  2. Decide what type of decorations you’ll use and 
  3. When you’re ready to place the decorations, consider sketching out the idea in your head on a piece of paper or on your tablet along with measurements.
  4. To add lighting or not to add lighting, that is the question. If you choose lighting, be sure to check if the cords will be clipped or in the way when the gate opens/closes.
  5. If you have a swing gate and would like to setup a delay so as not to entangle any decorations in your gate, please give us a call at 850-271-3617.

We hope our tips to decorate your gate are helpful! After all, even the most experienced decorators can use some tips and tricks along the way, right? 

And, in the holiday spirit, we’d love to see YOUR gate decorations! Email us HERE with your photos below and we’ll share our favorites on social media! Brownie points if you’re our customer!

 

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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2nd Annual Veterans Day Gate Giveaway!

We are excited to announce our 2nd Annual Veterans Day Gate Giveaway this year. We will be giving a special veteran within our community a driveaway gate, fabricated by our team and a new gate operator system donated by our friends at Liftmaster and Access Distribution Center. This is just a small token of our appreciation and thanks to all the special veterans who have served our county.

Please see below for the terms and conditions:

The entry window will close Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 11:59p CDT. Only one entry per email address. Send nominations to hayley@qualitygatesandopeners.com with the subject line “Nomination.” Please include your veteran’s name, address, and contact info (as well as your own.)

Value of Prize – The prize value will be approximately $12,000 depending on the type and size of gate system the winner requires. We will be providing a free year of QSA (quarterly service agreement) gate maintenance after the installation is complete, as well as a one-year warranty on gate labor and any additional warranties associated with the products given.

Eligibility – The nominee must be a United States veteran to be eligible to win. Candidates must be the owner of the property and live in Bay or Walton County. The site must be solar-compatible and gate-ready.

Selection Process – 5 finalists will be chosen via documented random process and treated to a dinner with our company on Friday, October 7th. All finalists that meet the criteria will be reviewed to ensure qualification in the days up to October 7th and a final winner will be selected at dinner. The goal is to have the gate up and running (weather permitting) on Veterans Day—November 11, 2022.

Property disqualification – The property must be located in one of the counties described above and the candidate must be the homeowner. The site must be solar compatible and have a “gate-ready” driveway.

Other – Winner agrees to allow Quality Gates to use their story (if provided though this is not mandatory,) images, and video without compensation or restrictions. The Quality Gates’ Veterans Day Gate Giveaway is a one-time gift. It does not include financial assistance for future replacement, repairs, maintenance, or operating costs. Depending on the actual work performed, the part may be covered by a manufacturer’s warranty or our one-year warranty on labor. No other warranties or guarantees apply.

No purchase is required to enter.