Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2018

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by Jacqueline Soule, for LC/DBM Above Though motorized gate operation equip- ment has seen the most innovation in recent years, gate hardware and the materials used to build gates are being improved upon also. A Any fence or wall around a property will need at least one gate to offer access to the property. In - stalling a gate opens a wide array of choices – and just what kind of gate depends on fence or wall materials and design, client safety, and the overall budget parameters. Gate technology continues to improve on many levels including types of materi - als used in the gate, the hardware that secure gates and allow opening and closing, and most impor - tantly, gate operating devices. But before exploring all that, here is a review of the fundamentals. Gate Basics Gates can open with a swing, roll, slide, or verti- cal pivot; this last like guard arms in parking ga- rages. Elegant vertical pivot gates are available, designed with a counter-balance and termed can - tilever gates, and are gaining popularity for high end properties, especially in areas where snow can block other gate opening systems. Along with gate options, gate terminology abounds. Depending on the space, there can be one or two gate panels that swing, roll, or slide - 26 LC DBM Ev olving Gates The Latest Improvements in the Industry

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