Options for Commercial Access Gates and Fence Solutions

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Jul 03, 2014

A Professional Fence Company should have a variety options for Commercial Gate applications. The gate systems are designed to restrict unwanted entry and ensure the protection of assets and employees. Gate systems are designed to work efficiently with repeated mechanical use in any setting. Hurricane Fence Company offers the latest in Commercial Gate System trends and technology in a plethora of scales and styles. These maneuverable fence barriers can be engineered to meet the needs of everything from small Residential Secured Access to the most complex structural demands.

The following are a few examples of routinely offered Commercial Gate Systems.  

Swing Arm Gates

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Swing Arms are motorized barriers that raise a steel or aluminum arm from a horizontal position to a vertical position. They give you the ability to control pedestrian and/or vehicle traffic on roadways up to 38'. These gates can have an assortment of automatic controls, such as card readers, vehicle detectors/counters, reversing logic, which causes the arm to re-open should it strike an object, and anti tailgating devices, which keep multiple vehicles from pulling through on a single cycle. A switch in a security office can also be set up to control these gates.

Many Fence Contractors also offer High Speed Swing Arm Gates that will open in less than two seconds, using either 8 or 12' arms. Heavy duty gates, with arms up to 24', are also available if gate specifications require them.

Slide Gates   

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Sliding Gates are often the best solution for commercial premises with busy access points. You must have room set aside for the gate in the open position. Installers can customize slide gates to accommodate a wide range of commercial applications. Many different styles of slide gates are available of which the most common is a two-rail slide gate.

There are three rail slide gates that will allow the use of almost any material you wish to face the gate. For this the commonly used materials are plastic, wood, or metal. A well set up fence supplier can also custom fabricate a slide gate to match a wide range of already existing gate styles. 

Cantilever Gates

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Automation of a cantilever slide gate involves the addition of a slide gate operator that can be pad or post mounted. This provides a means to open or close the gate and the addition of safety devices such as safety loops, gate edges or photo eyes. Gate operators can be added to existing gates as well as new ones and integrated into any existing access control system.

The gate itself does not touch the ground and is supported by rollers, which are attached to two large side posts.

The gate will have a tail that is used to support itself when it is in the open position. One thing to keep in mind when considering the installation of a cantilever gate is that you must have adequate overhead clearance to ensure that the gate can open fully.

Cantilever Gate Systems can be constructed with nearly any fencing material, but the distance of the opening will play an important role in determining which type of materials you can use when constructing your Commercial Gate. Lighter fabrication materials should be considered when spanning wide opening, which will make the overall weight of the gate lighter.   

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Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Apr 25, 2014

Form Follows Function: Do Snow Fences still Serve a Purpose?

Wonder whether these decidedly low-tech, structures are as valuable in the age of technology, as they were in the past? Absolutely.

Snow fences are actually an ancient unsophisticated technology. Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is a 20-foot section of “snow fencing” near Stonehenge (circa 3000 B.C.) on England’s Salisbury Plain, an indication of what the English climate might have been like at that time.

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Geologist/Geophysicist Dr. Garry Denke believes the fence was used to channel drift snow in predictable ways, possibly for water storage. If you want to see the impact that a channel drift can have, take a look at this snow storm incident from the Discovery Channel.


During the colonial era, deep snows often crippled mail service and overall commerce for days— even weeks—at a time. Although snow-clearing ordinances weren’t yet in widespread use, cities and towns generally took matters into their own hands, clearing drifts so sleighs could get through.

Ranchers learned that by erecting “snow fences” near the windward side of roadways and other areas they wanted to shield, significant savings in time and money could be achieved by minimizing snow-clearing operations.

Later, despite technological advances such as the Barber-Green Snowloader (introduced in Chicago in 1920), which plowed, scooped and dumped the snow into haulers, snow fences still maintained their popularity.

An example of this is small airports. Runway clearing costs could be greatly reduced by minimizing snow depth in rural areas. Overall, the sheer simplicity of the snow fence struck a chord with farmers, ranchers and highway workers.

Today, in conjunction with many new and ingenious snow-clearing devices, such as the Next Generation Snow Plow and the Single-Lane-Obstructing Rotary Snow Plow, snow fences have retained their popularity. In fact, they’ve even been improved upon, as the Japanese have developed a blower snow fence, which “increases air flow in the area of the fence, resulting in even less blowing snow on the roadway.”

Although there are many kinds (living, natural wood, plastic, vinyl etc.) the device is basically a porous barrier situated on the windward side of an area needing maximum snow protection, such as a highway. Upon meeting the barrier, snow-laden winds pass through with greatly diminished velocity, releasing most of the snow on the leeward side. For the fencing to be effective, the design build  plan must take into account the prevailing wind speed and direction as well as average snowfall rates during storms.

For every foot in length of a 4-foot tall snow fence, 4.2 tons of snow are held at bay.

Possibly the most striking property of snow fences is revealed in a 2005 article in “Government Engineering,” a State of Wyoming publication. The article calculated that mechanical snow removal costs about $3.00 for every 2.2 tons of snow. By comparison, for every foot in length of a 4-foot tall snow fence, 4.2 tons of snow, on average, are held back.

Thus, for a 20-foot section of snow fence, almost 85 tons of snow are stored, saving about $116.00, less installation and maintenance costs of the fencing. This article concluded that the reduced number of highway injuries, deaths, and property damage claims were considered, the cost-benefit ratio of the fences was even more favorable.

Here's a video explaining how a snow fence works:

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The coolest thing about these snow fences is that they’re not designed to “catch” blowing snow—in fact, they aren’t a boundary at all in the traditional sense. Instead, the slats of the fence slow down the wind as it passes through. And the wind then drops some of the snow it’s carrying.

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Snow fencing doesn’t just serve as a snow barrier, it’s also been found useful in, water conservation, debris collection and beach erosion control, where warm blowing sand sometimes behaves as cold winter snow. This means that most of the fence-conjured   elements accumulate downwind of the snow fence—i.e. after the wind and and it's passengers have passed through.

Today, snow fences continue to be celebrated in art for their simplistic efficiency through their minimal design. They've managed to converge a fascinating blend of natural and man-made materials and basic physics.

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Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Jan 16, 2014

Chapter 3: The Role of the Perimeter Fence in the Modern Era.

In the last few hundred years, millions of refugees from have sought out the United States in pursuit of life, liberty & happiness. Tribes of oppressed people’s from all over the world have come to stake their claim on their very own piece of land; The American Dream. In more recent times, perimeter fencing has become prevalent for setting boundaries between much smaller structured civilizations rather than larger ones colonies of the past where neighbors were few and far between.

Increasingly compact urban populations and the invention of the sub-burbs not only allow for property owners to mark territory but they now encompass a homeowner's unique vision, and trends within popular culture and security specifications. 

Fence types, styles and materials vary thanks to the industrial revolution the fence options absolutely endless in the modern era. Aluminum, Wood, Privacy gates, security fence systems are just a few.

In the past century, there have been some highly notable and peculiar fencing structures that are well worth a fence google. Especially because the history of modern civilization and fence structures of all kinds go hand-in-hand.



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Mehmet Ali Gökçeoğlu, a successful businessman and topographical engineer from Turkey, recently built the “world’s most fantastic” fence for his luxurious villa in Çeşme, Izmir. Eight years ago he replaced the wrought iron metal fence at the front of his property with a specialty 50-meter-long aquarium filled “fence” structure with hundreds of fish and octopuses. Above are the pictures to prove it.

Located just a few feet away from the shores of the Aegean Sea, Mehmet Ali Gökçeoğlu’s property has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Çeşme, attracting up to a thousand visitors a day, according to its owner. The villa itself is pretty impressive, but it’s not what draws so many people to this place. They come to see the aqua-fence. Eight years ago, the Turkish businessman had the eccentric idea to replace the front fence of his home with a giant aquarium full of various marine creatures from the Aegean Sea. Building the transparent structure was actually the easy part of the project. The hard part was linking the aqua-fence to the Aegean through a 400-meter-long buried pipeline, so the water could be changed continuously to keep the aquarium looking clean and its inhabitants happy. Gökçeoğlu hired a team of private divers to perform the task, and ended up paying approximately 40,000 Turkish Lira ($21,000) to fulfill his dream. The businessman says just seeing people line up outside his house staring at his specialty fence creation makes it all worth it.




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The longest man-made perimeter structure is the Australian Dingo Fence. In fact it is also the world's longest fence EVER. 

Stretching across two southeastern Australian states, Queensland and South Australia, the Dingo Fence is 5,614 kilometers long. 

Quick Facts about The World’s Longest Perimeter Fence:

5614 kilometers is the total length of the Dingo Fence.
8614 kilometers was the total length of the Dingo Fence up until 1980, where due to repair costs it was shortened to its present length.
26.5 million hectares of sheep and cattle grazing country is what the Dingo Fence protects.
5,614,000 meters of wire mesh, that stands 180 centimeters in height and is a further 30 centimeters underground, was used to build the Dingo Fence.
623,777 wooden and steel posts hold the Dingo Fence together. 

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The perimeter fence has a wide-range of cultural, psychological and historical tones. We put fences around everything. From the physical to the meta-physical. It’s in our nature. A fence evokes ownership pride of your surroundings It's the semblance just a small part of the planet we all share. Very few human characteristics can imply so much so without words. The fence concept is just another fascinating example of what it means to be a human being.


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History & Psychology CH. 2: Where did the perimeter fence come from?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Jan 03, 2014

History & Psychology CH. 2: Where did the perimeter fence come from?

As the great English agriculturist Arthur Young said commenting on eighteenth century French peasants’ toil on their small patrimonies, “Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock and he will turn it into a garden. Give him a nine years' lease of a garden and he will convert it into a desert." Being instrumental in the culture of property, the fence fostered long-term thinking and constructive effort. 

Land Ownership

Land ownership demanded lasting commitment and care that were beyond the capacity of a single individual, so since very early on land was attached not to the individual but to a family. In early Hindu and Greek law, land could not be sold or transferred to another family, either by bequest or as a dower. A father who had land was compelled to leave it to his sons. If he had no sons he must pass it to the nearest relation. Since no one could take away family land upon marriage, the fence was associated with native home and was helped facilitate inferred communication in a domestic context.

Having a strong visibility bias, the fence is an open declaration of intention. It says on the part of an occupant "I am here and planning to stay." This makes it an appropriate device to be associated with law.

Numa, the second king of Rome laid down in 7th century B.C. that each man should surround his land with a boundary and set up landmarks of stone or modern day bollards. He dedicated these landmarks to the god Terminus, and ordained that sacrifices should be offered up to him every year, appointing the Festival of the Terminalia. This worship of boundaries was meant to celebrate the conquest of the land of Rome from the Latinians and the Sabines originally occupying the region. Victory would not have been possible without the will of the gods and the fence being a symbol of this triumph had to be honored in appreciation. Thus the fence was invested with meaning and gained value.

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Further, in 7th century England, the King of Wessex added a new function for private peremiter boundaries: Responsibility. The business of protecting crops from cattle, was on the land-owner. The king proclaimed that a homestead must be fenced winter and summer. If it is not fenced and his neighbor's cattle get in through his own gap, he has no right to anything from that cattle or the the owner of the property it wandered onto.

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In New America, John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony even passed a policy stating: "That which lies common, and hath never been replenished or subdued, is free to any that possess and improve it."

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Pictured Above: A Worm Fence in Gettysburg Pennsylvania circa 1600.

Circa 1600 A.D., Jamestown Virginians were amazed to discover a fence structure that they'd not seen before. A worm fence is a pereimeter fence that lays logs atop each other at an angle eliminating the need for posts of any kind. The early settlers used their spare logs while yielded and clearing the residential land they forged.

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Chapter 3: The modern perimeter fence and how it helps shape current cultures.

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History and Psychology CH. 1: Where did the perimeter fence come from?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Wed, Jan 01, 2014

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As one year ends and another begins, most of us are reflecting on the last year of our lives. Where we've been, how we got there, and where we're going. One can also marvel over the many ingenious inventions that have come from the human mind. We make history, we learn from it and we evolve, and move forward as a society.

I often wonder where things we interact with every day originated, who invented them and what their original intent was.

And, while we don't think about perimeters, and boundaries as structural elements on a daily basis, they are a part of all of our lives on a conscious and subconscious level. Anyone who has lived in the past several hundred years has gone through their entire lives in their presence. From the emotional tearing down of the Berlin Wall, the sheer visual impact of the Great Wall of China to the boundaries of our country's borders perimeter fences have played a major role in implicative communication throughout human history.

So where did the fence come from?

The history of civilization is closely tied with the history of the fence. Human civilization is conceptualized as emerging from agriculture, family and property. All of these evolved with the fence.

On the one hand, fences are tangible objects that have been put to use at all times for definite purposes. On the other, they are artifacts having meanings in the cultural systems they've resided in.

Fencing as a concept gives us a clue into the mentality of past societies and its symbolic usage in their societies The fence can be used to exemplify the role of technologies in culture.

While technologies enable us to act or behave in certain ways, they also make us think about what we do, and create habits of thought. Hence, our practices, built upon the media we use, shape up our conceptualization of the world. With continuous usage technologies highlight what is important to think about in our lives thus establishing cultural values. Culture then perpetuates itself by employing practices as symbols.

From this perspective studying the history of the fence is at the same time studying the culture of the fence. While no more than fragmented evidence from a small number of societies, time periods and locations, we can see how the use of fences in human societies has generated myths we live by and ideologies we now take for realities.

In the early stages of settling, human tribes tended to till the land in a group. Amongst the ancient Germans there were no separate estates or private boundaries. Germans practiced the so-called "shifting cultivation".

The appearance of the perimeter fence in human societies marked the transition from a pattern of looting nature to taking care of it. It was with devoted agriculture that fences came about. While it is impossible to name the inventor of this technology back in Ancient Mesopotamia, the first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said "this is mine," and was able to persuade others to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society.” The fence helped institutionalize one of the most important elements of the social contract – the collective recognition of private property.

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