Frequently Asked Questions

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Our Top Questions

Are sliding or swinging gates better?

For family community applications, sliding gates provide more access control and fewer incidents of forced entry. However, swinging gates have less maintenance on a daily basis and are more elegant.

How do I select a good company for installing and maintaining gates?

Call other gated communities and get their recommendations. Also request information from gate companies to see how promptly and thoroughly they respond. As always, check with the California State License Board for proper licensing.

How quickly will my gate open?

Most applications require a slide gate to open no more then 1’ per second. A 20’ slide gate will take 20 seconds to fully open.

Our old gate system gives us constant headaches. What can we do to upgrade and what are some of the new technologies?

Upgrading some or all of the system’s components will help. Many times the gates and infrastructures are fine, but the controls are simply old and worn out. An upgrade can usually be done quickly and placed under warranty. State of the art gate operators and telephone entry control units will provide you with many years of service. Another new trend is adding radio control transmitters to a card or keypad control system. This allows convenience and can generate revenue from deposits/purchases or be a lease renewal incentive. You can reprogram the transmitters if one is lost or stolen; thereby maintain security on the property.

What do I do about maintaining and servicing the gates?

Bells GDS can train you to fix minor problems and do a quick check of the system. With proper training, you can fix most problems. If you still need help, call us. We offer maintenance or extended warranty plans. Regular maintenance, such as greasing hinges and wheels, resetting operators and keeping the track clean, will help keep your gates performing the way they should.

What value does gating our community provide?

In most family community applications, residents readily accept a 1 percent to 2 percent rent increase for the installation of gates. This also will pay quickly for the new system. Private home subdivisions report 10 percent to 20 percent property value increases after installing gates.

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