Which Automatic Driveway Gates Provide the Highest Level of Security?

Which Automatic Driveway Gates Provide the Highest Level of Security?

Thinking about getting an automatic driveway gate to keep your family and property safe? It's important to know that not all gates are inherently secure.

Below is a list of the types of gates and the level of security they provide from the most secure to the least secure.

Note: This is intended to give you a very basic idea of the types of gates that are most secure.

1. Hydraulic rail drive operated slide gate with internal solenoid lock.

2. Hydraulic rail drive operated slide gate.

3. Chain drive operated slide gate with magnetic locking.

4. Pad mount operated single swing gate with magnetic locking.

5. Pad mount operated dual swing gate with magnetic locking.

6. Pad mount operated dual swing gate without magnetic locking.

7. Pad mount operated single swing gate without magnetic locking.

8. Linear style operated single swing gate with magnetic locking.

9. Linear style operated dual swing gate with magnetic locking.

10. Chain drive operated slide gate without magnetic locking.

11. Linear style operated single swing gate without magnetic locking.

12. Linear style operated dual swing gate without magnetic locking.

Notes

  • When used with hydraulic rail drive operators, solenoid locks insert a pin into the drive rail eliminating any possibility of forcing the gate open.
  • Magnetic locks provide 600-1300lbs of locking force.
  • Chain drive operators operate the slide gate by means of a chain threaded over a drive sprocket. If there is no lock, the chain can be cut with a pair of strong bolt cutters which allows for the gate to be easily opened.
  • Hydraulic rail drive operators such as the HySecurity Slide Driver series, operate the slide gate by means of two wheels that clamp onto a drive rail which is mounted to the gate. Unlike a chain drive operator, the drive rail cannot be easily cut, thereby providing a higher level of security.
  • Pad mount style swing gate openers have positively locking steel arms that make it very difficult to force the gate open.
  • Linear style gate operators have some play in them, and if installed without a magnetic lock, can be forced open without too much effort. This can cause physical damage to the gate as well as the gate opener.
  • Dual swing gates with linear style gate operators can have enough play between the gate leaves that a smaller person can actually squeeze between the gate leaves.

One of our qualified gate installers can help you determine which type of system is best for you.