If you are considering adding extra protection to your property, one of the best things you can do is upgrade from a basic gate to one that features access control using a gate operator. Access control is exactly what it sounds like, it’s a way to secure and control who has permission to enter a location or area. Using a gate operator for your Florida custom gate provides privacy, convenience, security, and the peace of mind that you can have better control of who has access to your property. In this article, H&Y Fence, one of the top-rated fence companies in Sarasota, shares some basic details about automatic gates so you can easily consider if the benefits are right for you. 

The Main Components of Automatic Gate Systems

The Gate Component

The gate you choose will depend on whether you are shopping for your home or your business. There are many types of Florida custom gates that can be used with an operator. It’s easier to match up an operator that works well for you when you’re installing a brand new gate, but it is possible to add a gate operator to an existing gate at your residential or commercial property. Keep in mind that this will depend on the setup and condition of your gate and fence. 


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Adding an Automatic Gate Operator

An automatic gate operator is a very specific piece of equipment that enables your gate to open and close automatically. Gate operators can either be electrically powered or solar-powered and are available in a range of sizes and types, in both wired and wireless versions.

Automatic Gate Types for Residential and Commercial Properties

Swing Gates

An automatic gate that works just the way its title suggests is a swing gate. This hinged gate opens and closes in a similar way to a regular door. Swing gates are available in single-panel and double-panel options. They can swing out or swing in, depending on preference and the layout of the property.

Slide Gates

One of the most common types of automatic gates is the slide gate, which operates exactly as it sounds – by sliding horizontally back and forth in a straight line to allow entry.  These gates tend to be more secure than a swing gate. Slide gates require more side room to accommodate the gate in the “open” position. This type of gate is installed with a metal track and rollers at the bottom to guide the gate across the space.

Dependable Access Control Systems 

Gate operators rely on an access control system linked to the gates to offer an increased level of security and convenience. Gate access control systems operate in a similar way to any other access control, with an electronically locked gate that is connected to the access control server. When the correct credential is presented, an electronic signal will be sent to the gate lock, allowing it to open for an authorized vehicle to enter.


There are several different types of Access Control Systems to choose from. Some of the most common are listed below:

  • Keypad Access System

This is probably the most common and simple solution in gate access control. In order to access the premises, the visitor has to key in a PIN. Once the PIN is confirmed, the visitor can enter the premises.

  • RFID and Card Readers

RFID is an acronym for “radio-frequency identification. Most RFID access control systems use keycards or fobs which are used to gain property access. When someone scans their fob at the gate, the system checks to see if that fob is registered. If it is, the system grants access and opens the gate.

  • Telephone Entry System

A telephone entry system is a form of access control that lets visitors request access. Similar to gate intercom systems, telephone entry systems allow you or tenants to open the door remotely for guests.

Quality and Safety of Gate Operators for Sarasota, FL Properties

When having an automatic gate system installed on your property, it is necessary to have the proper safety protocol used and that the installation company follows the best practices. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a safety organization that sets industry-wide standards for new products. UL has created a safety protocol program called Standard 325 that every gate operator installer in Sarasota should follow. The techniques and manuals they create help make sure that every gate includes warning signage, needed sensors, screening procedures, and other devices that create a safe environment around the use of automatic gates from any manufacturer across the country.


We are so confident in our gate systems that along with the standard manufacturer warranty that comes with every product, we also offer a one-year workmanship warranty on all installations and repair work.

Trust One of the Top Rated Fence Companies in Sarasota, the Experts in Florida Custom Gates!

When installing an automatic gate, it is essential that you work with a company that is knowledgeable, safe, and reliable. H&Y Fence is here to answer all of your questions and deliver the best in materials and service. Our experts are waiting for your call and are excited to get started on installing your brand new gate! Give us a call at (941) 379-3444 or contact us through our website today!