If you’re going to fence in your yard, you will inevitably choose to install a gate. After all, a gate provides access and you will want to be able to move conveniently from one part of your yard to another. But you don’t always want access granted to just anyone. A good fence with secure gates and latches will give your home and property added security and protection.
You have choices when it comes to gate hardware, and some of the newer options help prevent a gate from being left open by landscape companies or meter readers. Have you ever come home from work, let the dog out, and then two minutes later you see your dog running loose across the street? All because the lawn care people serviced your yard that day and left the gate open! Self-closing, self-latching gate hardware may be the answer for you.
Self-closing hardware works like the pneumatic device on a storm door. These gates close automatically, preventing people from leaving the gate open accidentally. Self-latching hardware utilizes a device operated by gravity, mechanics, or magnets to latch the gate and keep it closed when shut. The device is usually installed high on the gate to prevent children from getting into the enclosed area, but can be easily opened by adults.
For homeowners who want an added layer of security, traditional locks are available that are opened with a key or combination. More sophisticated locking systems that are accessed by entering a code on a keypad, or even using a card reader to open the locked gate can be installed.
As gates have the only moveable parts on a fence system, they are exposed to the most wear and tear. Quality installation is crucial to ensure the gate’s safety features work properly and last a long time.
To ensure your fence, gates, and access controls meet today’s standards, consult a fence contractor that is a member of the American Fence Association (AFA). AFA contractors have access to a wide variety of educational and networking opportunities and are highly knowledgeable about the latest gate hardware, access control devices, building standards, and up-to-date technology to assure your fence provides the safety and security you need.