If you have a fenced-in property, coming and going from home can sometimes turn into a hassle or even a danger, depending on your gate, the weather, the time of day, or how isolated your house is. Here are three common property issues many homeowners face and how installing a high quality gate opener, such as a liftmaster dual swing gate opener, can help solve them.
Security challenges around your property gate can range from escaping pets and livestock to life-threatening dangers. You don't want your dogs (or toddlers) running out after you when you leave the property. Nor do you want other people's dogs following you home or worse, strangers approaching you when you exit the vehicle to open and close the gate.
Installing a high-end gate will allow you to put the closing mechanism on a timer. You can select how long you want the gate to stay open to prevent animal "jail breakers" from escaping or even tailgaters from coming in behind you in a vehicle. If you're concerned about the appearance of your gate, try a dual swing gate that opens in the center, allowing for more a more attractive gate than a utilitarian one that slides open and shut.
The Headache Factor
Imagine this scenario: you are all set to go out for a bike ride with your one year old in the bike seat mounted behind you. You get to the gate to exit your property and realize you need to get off the bike to open your gate. What are you going to do with the baby on the bike seat?
The bike will tip over if you try to use a kickstand. You will have to get off the bike, open the gate, walk or ride the bike through the opening, and then get off the bike again to go close the gate. A similar routine will be necessary if you want to ride your horse off your property, for example.
Putting in an automatic gate with a remote opener is a great alternative if the above sounds like your life. The best gate motors on the market today, like those from Liftmaster, conserve energy when not in use, so you don't have to worry about extra utility costs incurred by putting your gate on an automated system.
Fire Department Compliance
In certain communities, especially if you live in remote areas, your gate needs to pass fire code regulations. Usually this means that the gate can still be opened with loss of AC power, like during a fire or natural disaster. Again, going with a top-of-the-line gate opener makes this possible, so you won't have to worry about fire department compliance. You don't want to spend money on a gate system only to find out it doesn't meet code and has to be replaced.
Owning property with a gate can be difficult only if you let it. When you install a gate opener, go for the best model your budget will permit and save yourself security and logistical issues in the future.