Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2018

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able – hoping to eliminate oil leaks, refill requirements of the gas springs, and mal - functions in cold temperatures. Look for ones that have adjustable closing speeds, 180-degree closing angles and can be mounted on left or right turning gates. In the "materials" category, wood com - posites (see page 22) are growing in pop- ularity as a fencing product and can be used for gates also. They are stronger than vinyl, having been tested to withstand hurricane force winds, and designed to outlast wood and perform better. Master Halco manufactures a patented, zinc-coated, galvanized steel post that can be used to augment wooden gates and gate posts. Called PostMaster, they strengthen the structures and speed up the building process: gates can even be built inline as opposed to on the ground. One of the most advanced areas in gate innovations is in vehicle recognition. There are systems that use barcode readers to verify barcodes attached to authorized ve - hicles, and then activate the automatic gate opener. Advanced laser technology allows vehicles to approach at up to 25 mph, and ignores radio and static interference such as high-end window tints and xenon lights. Other systems use a com - bination of cameras, software and access control hardware to grant entry to ve - hicles based on their license plates. And forthcoming is the use of facial recogni - tion, fingerprint sensing and iris scanning as common gate-opening triggers. If your company is facing a number of fence installations, the American Fence Association (AFA) offers programs to certify Automatic Gate Operator Design - ers and Automatic Gate Installers. Their overall goal is to offer consumers an addi - tional layer of confidence when selecting a landscape contractor, while increasing the skill level of the workers in the field. Like so many things in landscape con - tracting, the selection of a gate and its latching and operating system is a circu - lar process. The gate should match the fence or wall - and yet the type of gate desired may dictate what type of wall or fence is ultimately selected. The plethora of new possibilities in gate materials, hard - ware and operation technology allows you to offer a wider selection of fencing to clients. LC DBM January 2018 29 Left and Inset More compact designs in hydraulic self-closing hinges, such as the Tiger by Locinox, allow them to be installed on smaller residential gates than before. Above Hardwired, gate-opening intercom systems have been replaced with cellular technology but in rural areas with limited cell phone coverage, satellite systems are the most reliable wireless option.

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