Security gates are a standard fixture at airports, government buildings, military bases, chemical plants and other operations. As the main point of entry for vehicular and pedestrian traffic, a business gate is a critical but often overlooked part of many commercial facilities.
If you’re considering replacing the gate on your property, are building a new facility or are expanding an existing one, keep reading for a basic overview of your options when it comes to security gates for businesses. For more information or assistance, contact Tymetal Corp. directly.
Commercial vs. Residential Security Gates
Commercial and residential facilities have different perimeter and access control needs, which demand different types of gates. Typically, a commercial facility will have stricter security requirements than a residence, while also admitting a higher volume of traffic than most homes. As a result, commercial security gates must be faster, more durable and easier to operate than their residential counterparts.
Most business security gates are made of aluminum, which is strong and lightweight, in addition to being resistant to corrosion. As a result, they are less prone to wear – an important benefit that keeps your maintenance costs low without compromising security or service.
Do I Need an Electric Gate?
Electric security gates for businesses have a number of obvious advantages over manual systems. For larger facilities with a high volume of vehicles entering and exiting, an electric gate is the clear choice, as it will save time, reduce staffing requirements and keep your productivity up on a day-to-day basis.
There are, however, some drawbacks to an electric gate, including increased maintenance requirements and higher initial costs. If you’re uncertain which type of gate is best for your business, contact Tymetal Corp. directly. One of our representatives will be happy to go over your options and provide expert advice to help you make a more informed decision.
Which Security Gate Should I Choose?
Choosing the right security gate for your business is more than just deciding between a manual and automatic system. There are several different designs and configurations available, all of which have specific applications and advantages. Some of the most common business security gates include rolling and cantilevered slide gates, vertical swing gates, bi-folding gates and more. That’s in addition to pedestrian gates and specialty products such as bollards and barrier arms.
Some things you should consider when choosing a security gate for your business include:
Available space and opening size: Different types of gates use space in a different manner – some open upwards while others slide out or swing forward. Also, consider what types of traffic you expect – large commercial trucks will, of course, require a larger opening to get in and out safely.
Frequency and speed: An accurate picture of how much traffic you expect, and how quickly you need it to move, is essential when purchasing a business gate. Your system should be designed to keep idling time to a minimum, and durable enough to withstand the rigors of frequent daily use.
Operator and access control system: A business gate is paired with an operator and, often, a keycard or number pad access-control system. To reduce the risk of failure, components should be matched by a qualified professional who understands your requirements.
Matching your organization with the right gate requires a careful considerable of the above factors. Working with a company that takes the time to understand your needs will help ensure you get the best product for your budget.
Tymetal Corp. has an extensive inventory of products and more than 30 years of experience working with commercial clients. Learn more about our full selection of business security gates by contacting a representative directly to arrange a consultation.