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This page contains important tips while shopping for your gate/gate opener. Many installation methods recommended here were pioneered by Troy’s Fence and more importantly have endured the test of time. Troy’s Fence reworks many systems installed by competitors.  Most problems are not initially apparent until a few months later when it's too late. Now the contractor has your money and is nowhere to be found. Troy’s Fence has 30 years of gate fabrication / gate opener installation experience under our belt failure is rare in the event problems arise with our install it will be fixed as per warranty, guaranteed! The statement "you get what you pay for”   is profound in relation to gates and gate opener systems. Substandard installation methods always surface with time and can cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars! We have seen both circumstances!  Ask the important questions up front such as are you licensed, do you carry insurance ,gauge of materials, galvanized hardware vs raw steel type hardware, paint vs powder coatings, etched before painting vs non etched, enamel paint vs epoxy paint, grease-less sealed bearings vs needle grease type bearings, aluminum vs steel. However, perhaps the most important question to ask is "can you repair gate openers (all brands) as well as new installs?” Should the answer to this question be no, beware! Always ask for warranty info and so on. Hopefully this page will answer any questions you may have concerning your gate /gate opener, if not please e-mail questions to    thanks! -Troy


Average residential swing gate and slide gate opener systems range $2000-$5000 in price. This includes welded aluminum gates (10ft-14ft) with powder or epoxy coatings and gate opener. Pricing may vary depending on job site conditions. If you already have a gate (in good working condition) and just need an opener, Troy’s slide gate openers start at approx. $900 installed. Liftmaster la 100 swing gate openers start at approx. $1200 depending on jobsite conditions. Commercial/industrial systems are typically more diverse and require quote per jobsite.  Safety devices are highly recommended for either systems. Majority of gate opener brands offered on the market today are very reliable. However, no one brand is perfect and trouble free. The difference in manufactures customer service/support compels us to offer only specific models for installation. Chronic malfunction of a system 9 times of 10 occur from substandard installation or misapplication of a particular gate opener model with gates that are too heavy.


Steel fab gates are problematic for a variety of reasons, rust is the main concern. Steel gates require constant maintenance, sanding, and painting even with best efforts rust will come from inside out. This is due to the fact that most metals will condensate especially with our humid weather conditions. This being said it is difficult if not impossible to coat the inside surface of metal tubing. Solid bar steel gates help with rust, but even then this will make the gate very heavy and wear hard on the gate opener and hinge post.  Pre fab aluminum gates are typically built with very thin materials and do not hold up long term to the constant push and pull of the gate opener.  Welded aluminum gates custom built from heavier gauge aluminum materials hold up very well with gate opener systems. The most common problem we see with some welded aluminum gates are the finish coatings, it is very difficult to have any paint especially standard enamel (oil based) paints stick to an aluminum surface without first etching the surface. Your best bet is to spend an additional $200-$300 dollars for powder coating.


These gates are popular, when gate is opened it is tucked out of the way. If you have a 10 ft opening you should have approx. 12.5 ft at rear gate path to allow for gate tail. Residential slide gates are typically v-track type these gates slide very easily if proper installation and gate hardware are used.   Commercial/industrial slide gates for large openings 20-25 ft usually require a standard/chain link cantilever (for steel) or ez slide cantilever (aluminum) type gate. If you have a 20 ft gate opening you will need 30 ft (20 ft plus 50%) at rear gate path for 10 ft tail. Cantilever gates are heavy weight and the fact the majority of this weight is suspended covering gate opening require they should be fabricated and braced properly. These gate when not braced properly the gate frame will droop over cantilever gate rollers causing gate to bind. This problem will get severe over time and can destroy your gate opener. Gate frame uprights should be approx. 5-6 ft apart, each section should be crossed braced in an "x" pattern. Support post for cantilever gates should never be smaller than 4"sch 40 galvanized pipe, post should always be set at least 4 ft deep with 5500 PSI strength concrete. Typically 20 ft cantilever gates will need 2 support post and 4 rollers, 25 ft cantilever gates will require 3 post with 6 rollers, larger than 25 ft cantilever gates require special design.


When space is limited swing gates  are a good option, again proper installation is key. Typically these gates swing in but can be swung out for driveways with steep incline. Swing gates must be hung 2" above highest grade point of driveway within the gates sweep.  Consider hinge post as the foundation on which the entire gate opener system is built. Therefore, the hinge post must be strong. For ornamental type gates we use a 4x4 galvanized square steel post set no less than 4 ft deep in 5500 PSI concrete. Hinge post must be of a sufficient gauge to not lean or flex under gate load. Adjustable type hinges should also be used due to fixed hinges having no movement in or out towards or away from the hinge post. This is important due to ground shifts and hinge post leans. With that being said a 1/8" lean on a hinge post translates to an approx. 1/2" to a 3/4" drop at the end of a swing gate (depending on gate length). With adjustable hinges this problem can be solved easily in 5 minutes. With drought conditions a good idea is to soak the ground surrounding the post. Believe it or not you should water your hinge post. Chain-link type gates are usually hung on a round 4" schedule 40 galvanized post, set with the same methods as a square post.  Strike / latch posts are equally important and should be strong. When closed gate will squeeze against this post with a force that is constant.  Swing gates equipped with gate openers should never have a wheel that contacts the driveway to aid in supporting the gate at the end. This is a stop gap measure that will ruin your gate opener. Remember driveways that have an incline will cause the wheel to bind upon contact with the incline as the gate opens. In all the years installing gates we seldom see level / even planed driveways.


Hardware as important as it is, is often overlooked at initial consultation. Inferior gate hardware can cause major problems with your gate / gate opener system. Gates that do not swing or slide smooth will shorten the life of your gate opener. This is especially true with slide gates. In particular v-track slide gates. Troy’s fence uses only "Troy’s fence" brand gate hardware manufactured to our specifications. All steel components are galvanized & rust resistant. Bearings are all double & sealed requiring no grease no maintenance. Beware of slide gate hardware with grease fittings or fixed axle. These items are low cost but wear out fast and very expensive to replace. 

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