Things to consider when hiring a contractor to install an automatic gate.

The decision to purchase and install an automatic gate and the access control devices associated with it, is a big decision.  
A poorly installed or poor quality gate system may need constant service and repairs.
A gate system is a long term investment and you often get what you pay for.

Safety and Liability Concerns

The American Society for Testing and Materials and  Underwriters' Laboratories have established standards for automated gate systems.  These standards were established for the safety of the public which is interacting with automated gate systems.  An educated gate installation/service company should be aware of these standards and follow them a closely as possible.

ASTM F2200  & UL325

Verify that you are comparing

apples to apples

When comparing contractors quotes to install a gate system, verify that the system is being installing per the ASTM and UL Standards.  The system being purchased by the contractor will likely meet those standards, but that is only 1/2 the story.  The system must also be installed per those standards or they will not be met.

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Many companies that install automated gates are not aware of these standards or do not follow them.  Failing to follow these standards, increases the likely hood that someone could be injured by the gate, therefore, increasing the gate owners liability risk.

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