Slide gates, swing gates, all types of gates!
Whether you need wrought iron gates, chain link gates, wood, gates, or massive custom slide gates, your Norwalk Fence Company is the solution for all your gate needs. Swing or slide, automated or manually operated, we can help you design your gates to be not only functional, but elegant and inspirational.
Pedestrian gates are exactly that – gate’s for people to walk through. We can help you design a gate that meets your needs and budget. Chain link gates are built to size. Wrought iron gates can be designed as simple or as ornate as you’d like. How about combining the beauty of wood with an elegant wrought iron frame?
Vinyl pedestrian gates are a snap, as are composite wood gates. When designing your gates, we like to think outside the box to give you something a bit more personal!
There are a number of locking mechanisms available for pedestrian gates. The standard latch for most chain link, wrought iron gates and wood gates are called universal latches or fork latches. These latches are made for pad lock use.
If you’d like a keyway, we can install lever locks or knob locks which have different functions depending on your needs. Passage locks, fire locks, storeroom function, knobs or levers, dead bolts or dead latches, we can fit your gates with almost any type of lock.
Don’t want to carry a key? Your Norwalk Fence Company also installs mechanical locks. Mechanical locks have push buttons on the outside, and you simply punch the proper code in for entry. The inside of the lock usually has free exit or a keyway.
Digital keypad, card readers, or Wigand card swipes can also be added to gates that have an electric strike. Your employees would need access codes or cards to gain entry. The nice aspect of a digital pad for your yard gate is a code can be given to your gardener or Trash Company to gain entry, and that code can be deleted at any time.
Electric strikes are control activated latches that restrict entry. Someone would need to “buzz” you in by pressing a button at a different location than the gate. The button electrically controls the latch mechanism in the gate, opening it so the gate can be opened.
Your Norwalk Fence Contractor can also install panic bars, with or without alarms, on most pedestrian gates.
Your gate can easily be made to self-close with a spring or self-closing hinges, or with hydraulic closers for a whisper quiet gate.
Driveway gates can be made as large single swing gates, double swing gates, or rolling gates. We custom make our gates to fit your driveway size. Rolling gates used to need the same size storage space to roll into when open, but we can now make a telescopic rolling gate that only uses half the storage space.
Rolling gates can be made with front rubber wheels, but for an easier roll, your Norwalk fence Contractor can install ground track. The front of the gate rolls on a “v0groove” wheel, which rides in an inverted 1” angle iron.
This angle iron ground track can be bolted to concrete, surface mounted on asphalt, or embedded subsurface into asphalt, dirt, or concrete.
Self-closing your gates
Almost any gate can be made to self-close. As stated above, smaller gates can be fitted with special closers. Larger driveway gates can usually be retrofitted for a motor, (see our Motorized Gate page), though making the gate “operator ready” from the start is always the best option, allowing for seamless automation.
Depending on the weight of the gate, the posts need to be not only strong enough in width and tensile strength, but also in the size of the post footing.
Post footings should start at a minimum of 10” diameter x 24” deep. Your soil condition will play a big part in the design of your gate posts.
If your swinging gates are exceptionally heavy, you might even need a rebar cage inserted into the footing, though this is usually reserved for commercial size gates.
In addition to the gate posts, the hinges will play a major role in how well your gate functions. There are various types of hinges, such as the “book hinges” on your house doors, or barrel type hinges which are welded on to the gate posts and have grease fittings to lubricate the hinges.
If you’re looking for complete privacy, you gates can either be made with solid privacy, such as vinyl, wood, composite or solid sheet metal. If you’re looking for semi private, you can install perforated screen or expanded mesh. Both now come in various grades of privacy as well as designer patterns.
Your Norwalk fence Contractor recommends, as much as possible, to hang gates on independent posts. Attaching gates to stucco walls or hollow block walls usually results in the bolts coming loose from the vibration of the gate closing. Don’t go cheap on gate posts; it will save you repair money in the future.
Speaking of gate repairs…
Many times a gate can be salvaged if only one portion of the frames are bent (depending on the finish and frame). However, when it comes to larger gates, never ask someone to “Mickey Mouse” the gate repair. It can be dangerous if the gate were to fall on someone. This could end in serious injury or death.
We will never repair a gate that we deem to be unsafe!
Call us for you gate installation or repairs (562) 444-1438