Quality: make certain the materials used to construct the opener are of sufficient quality, characteristics, thickness and coating to stand the elements and use.
Circuitry: The circuit board is the brain of your opener and without it your opener will not work. It is also one of the most expensive parts of the opener and the most common piece to fail on a cheap product. Check that the circuitry has been market tested long enough so as to avoid down times and expensive repair jobs.
Warranty: Check for warranty term and coverage of your new gate opener. Investigate how long the company has been in business and if they can back up their warranty claims. How long is the repair turnaround and are there associated charges with it. Some companies offer 5, 7 and even 10 year warranty on their first month of business.
Dealer Rating: Dealer rating will tell you what authorized dealers think of the product, they install these devices every day and do not want to return for free repairs. This is a good indicator for you; if all opinions point in one direction you can trust that product.
Safety: Ensure that the opener is UL approved which means it passed the minimum safety requirement by a governing body. Some companies go above and beyond UL guidelines to protect you from malfunctions not yet tackled by the government.
Overall Ownership Cost: Your upfront cost should not be your deciding factor but the overall ownership should be. Even the best brands offer inferior “hook” products; they cost very little up front but cost you hundreds and even thousands more within 2-3 years. Their parts fail, the service calls pile up and even entire units need replacement. Make a wise investment and use the overall ownership as your financial guide.
Below we feature some of the best products, best sellers and/or our recommendation feel free to call us with any questions.
SL3000 UL - The "ROLLS ROYCE" of the slide gate industry, period. The SL3000 UL models of slide gate operators are the first choice for home owners and heavy-traffic applications alike. These openers boast a ½ Hp, a 1Hp and a dual motor giving you unsurpassed power. Invented in the 70’s it is the original opener the entire industry was built on and it is still the #1 rated opener for strength and reliability.
DoorKing 9050/9070 – Priced right with great features by a world renowned company. The Model 9050 and 9070 operators are designed to operate vehicular slide gates in residential and light-duty commercial applications. These operators are designed so that they can easily be mounted in the front, center or rear of the gate without any costly and time consuming field modifications. In addition, the operators can be pad or post mounted to meet any installation requirements. A great buy.
CSW200UL - The "ROLLS ROYCE" of the swing gate industry. The CSW200UL models of swing gate operators are the first choice for home owners and heavy-traffic applications alike. These openers boast a ½ Hp, a 1Hp and a dual motor giving you unsurpassed power. Invented in the 70’s it is the original opener the entire industry was built on and it is still the #1 rated opener for strength and reliability.
Elite LA500 – The best selling screw drive opener in the world. The new standard in residential gate operators and considers the best name in the industry, Elite has a reputation for quality, dependability and award-winning design to complement any gated residence or community. The Miracle-One is a DC-powered swing gate operator designed to deliver smooth, ultra-quiet performance. With state-of-the-art features like a battery backup, anti-theft alarm system, variable speeds and optional solar panels, this gate operator makes security smart.
FAAC 400 – the only hydraulic operator you can trust. The Model 400 hydraulic swing gate operator is specifically designed for situations needing maximum versatility and is rated for residential, apartment, subdivision, commercial and industrial applications. Its strength also makes the 400 an excellent choice for large, ornate and wood gates. Hydraulic swing gate operators are inherently safer than other types of operators because they do not have "pinch points." In addition, FAAC operators are equipped with a hydraulic bypass valve for extra anti-entrapment protection, and a manual release that allows the gate to be operated in an emergency, such as power failure
Viking G5 – newcomer but impressive With its compact, low profile design and the power to support 700 lbs of weight along with gate lengths of up to 16 feet, the Viking G-5™ will revolutionize the idea of gate operation. This operator is manufactured with the highest quality components and is designed to accent any gate style. The G-5™ is capable of continuous cycle operation at 24V DC, converted directly from an AC line. The battery back-up provides up to 400 cycles of operation with a maximum capacity gate.