FAQ's
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Ornamental Iron & Aluminum Fencing
Q. What is ornamental iron?
Q. What is powder coating?
Q. Is a spray-painted finish better?
Q. Will powder coating or sprayed finish stop rust?
Q. What is aluminum fencing?
Vinyl Fencing
Q. Does vinyl fencing cost more than wood fencing?
Q. How long should a vinyl fence last?
Motorized Gates
Q. Can I motorize a pedestrian gate?
Q. Can I motorize an existing gate?
Q. How will guests open the gate?
Q. How does the gate close?
Q. What type of electricity do I need?
Q. How does a gate run off of solar power?
Q. How many times can I open and close a solar powered gate?
Q. What if there is no sunlight?
Q. How do emergency vehicles get thru a closed gate?
   
   
Q. What is ornamental iron?
A. Ornamental iron is made from tubular steel instead of solid steel. The main benefits are a lighter product that cost less.
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Q. What is powder coating?
A. Powder coating is a method of applying paints. The paint is sprayed on as powders then baked on to melt and blends the coating. This process cannot be duplicated in the field. Color matching in the field is hard to do.
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Q. Is a spray-painted finish better?
A. A spray finish can be reproduced in the field using the same material used during the original painting. Different paints perform better in different environments. A polyurethane finish is a better finish than an enamel finish. Each product has their strong points.
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Q. Will powder coating or sprayed finish stop rust?
A. No, paint doesn't rust, metal rusts. If rust is a concern you should treat the problem, the metal being used. Typically pre galvanizing, hot dipped galvanizing of the metal or using aluminum will offer the best rust prevention.
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Q. What is aluminum fencing?
A. Aluminum fencing has the look of ornamental iron without the rust problems. An aluminum fence is assembled in the field without welding. Aluminum fencing is powder coated and carries a lifetime warranty. Aluminum fences work great around pools and in areas that have lots of sprinklers.
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Q. Does vinyl fencing cost more than wood fencing?
A. The initial cost of a vinyl fence is more than a wood fence. If you add the cost of repairs and painting of a wood fence over the life expectancy of a vinyl fence then the costs are similar.
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Q. How long should a vinyl fence last?
A. Proper installation is critical to any fence lasting. The vinyl fence products we use carry a 20-year warranty.
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Q. Can I motorize a pedestrian gate?
A. No.
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Q. Can I motorize an existing gate?
A. In most cases you can with little or no modifications.
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Q. How will guests open the gate?
A. When designing a gate system the homeowner needs to consider how guests enter/exit the property. Entry can be granted with a telephone intercom, a keypad, remote transmitter (similar to a garage door opener) or a separate entrance not controlled by an operator.
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Q. How does the gate close?
A. If you want the gate to automatically close behind you then additional safety features need to be installed to prevent anything from being struck by the gate.
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Q. What type of electricity do I need?
A. Gate operators typically run off of 120 volt AC, 12 or 24 volt DC, or solar powered.
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Q. How does a gate run off of solar power?
A. The gate actually runs off of a 12 or 24-volt battery. The solar panel just recharges the battery. Depending on the amount of times the gate is used, the safety features, and the amount of sun available the solar panel may not be feasible.
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Q. How many times can I open and close a solar powered gate?
A. With 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and no additional safety features added you should expect 10-15 uses (cycles) per day.
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Q. What if there is no sunlight?
A. A fully charged battery should last 30 days or 300 cycles with no sunlight.
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Q. How do emergency vehicles get thru a closed gate?
A. The local fire department is contacted and, if required, a special key switch is installed that will open the gate.
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