The loooong season.

We get a lot of questions regarding gate handling during a hurricane situation.

The main one is “What do we do with our gates during a hurricane?”

There is only one right answer: “Do what works for you and hope for the best.”

Maybe we can help you make the best decision.

You need to balance security, with liability and with ability.

Not everyone can take down their gates and store them. Not many want to leave their property open especially during a natural event that they have no control over.

My first suggestion is, remove the gates and store. The second suggestion “for me” would be store slide gates in an open position secured and swing gates in a closed position secured. My last suggestion would be to secure swing gates in an open position secured and slide gates in a closed position secured. Remember, “Securing” is very subjective. I can’t tell what is best for your situation; ratchet straps, chains, cables, tie downs, nuts and bolts, steel or wood?

Putting the gates in storage leaves a property open. Depending on the storage location, it is possible that the location may become damaged.

Securing closed, leaves the possibility of the gates being damaged in a closed position making access difficult.

Leaving open but secured means leaving the property open with the gates vulnerable to damage.

There is always a possibility of gates wind loading and becoming airborne depending on gate installation, wind conditions and securing method.

The bottom line is there is no one situation that is the same and all will require determining what works for you.

I will say that the best gates I have ever installed were designed, engineered and fabricated and included inherent design qualities that took into account hurricane issues.

However you handle it, be safe.

Details

We try to pay attention to the details.  One thing I’m always telling people is that a gate system should be an asset not a liability. When an investment is made and that investment is one of the first things a visitor will experience, it should be a good first impression. Not only should it be secure and reliable, it should look good. That is why we look not just at the big things but also at the small details.

Upper guide roller assembly- MGO Parts

This upper guide roller assembly is stainless steel and delrin. There is no steel to rust away and no bearings that need lubrication or replacement.  The anchors are stainless steel as well.

Arm Bracket-Stainless Elite Arm- MGO parts

Heilarc welded aluminum bracket with black powder coated custom stainless steel gate operator arm. The gates in these pictures are by Art’s Work Unlimited.  Art’s Work is the epitome of consummate ornamental metal workers.

Custom stainless steel arm- black powder coating -MGO parts.

 

Elite Gate Operator with Stainless Arms-MGO parts

Complete installation. Notice no exposed conduits or wiring of any kind.

Stainless Operator Mount with stainless anchors-MGO parts

Stainless Steel gate operator mount, stainless steel anchors and elevated concrete slab. The weird color is an anti-corrosion coating to protect the galvanized steel gate operator plate.

Big thanks to all our customers.

I just wanted to take a minute to post a thanks to all our customers who have been so patient with us since last September when Hurricane Irma struck. We have a big base throughout South Florida and a good portion of those customers are in the Florida Keys.

Even though it has been six months, we are still working overtime trying to get gate equipment repaired,  replaced and re-installed. We hope to restart our preventative maintenance program again very soon. It is the one thing that we have stopped completely for the duration so we can concentrate on getting customers up and running.

Again, a very big THANK YOU to all of you.

Cheers

Coconut Grove
Upper Matecumbe
Lower Matecumbe
Marathon
Somewhere in the Keys

What we do that is different.

It’s difficult to answer someone when they ask about what we do that is different. They also say a picture is worth a thousands words. This a DoorKing 9100 on an elevated concrete slab in a residential community in Coconut Grove. This install just went through hurricane Irma.