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

swing arm gate

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   

sliding gate 

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

cantaliever gate cantaliever gate

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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What are K4|K8|K12 Ratings for Security Fences?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Mon, Dec 13, 2010


Also known as Anti Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP or AT/FP) Ram Barrier Protection Specifications, these standards were established by the Department of State (DOS) to assist in quantifying the ability of a crash barrier to stop a vehicle from entering a perimeter or building for the purpose of presenting a bomb threat.

These ratings are understood guidelines that are used by facility security to establish the level of protection they wish to obtain.  The ‘K’ in these rating refers to the term kinetic. The kinetic energy of an object is the energy that it possesses due to its motion. The actual stopping ability of each individual rating is highlighted below.

  • K4 barriers will stop a 15,000 pound vehicle traveling at 30MPH
  • K8 barriers will stop a 15,000 pound vehicle traveling at 40MPH
  • K12 barriers will stop a 15,000 pound vehicle traveling at 50MPH
k4 k8 k12 fence

These ratings can be obtained by actually crashing vehicles into the product and seeing how they respond. This method of crash testing is the highest level of barrier specification and is known as DOS Certified. Meeting this crash certification can significantly increase the cost of the system.

Another method of obtaining this level of protection is to utilize Engineered K4|K8|K12 Ratings.  Engineered barriers have not undergone the DOS authorized test, but does meet engineering criteria for equivalent levels of protection. Most Non-DOS Certified systems (other than U.S. Army Corp of Engineers USACE or Military Handbook MIL-HDBK specified) will require an engineer stamp indicating compliance assuring the expected level of protection.

Tests have shown that adding a cabling system to existing chain link fence greatly restricts the potential penetration of vehicles.

AMERISTAR K8/K12 Rated Anti-Ram Security Fencing

The Impasse™ Security Fence was designed and engineered to meet the expressed needs of security specialists, consultants and engineers - the need for a value added security fence that delayed forced entry for a time period sufficient to bring secondary security measures into play.
To make the Impasse™ system an even more relevant answer to physical security demands, the base design was configured to be easily accessorized with added anti-ram barrier capability and anti-climb inserts, as well as sensor and alarm systems.

The high-strength architectural shapes of Impasse™ components were enabled by the high-speed automation of Ameristar’s in-house roll-forming mill. Ameristar's unique PermaCoat®(double layer) electrostatic powder coating process ensures an appearance that remains aesthetically pleasing for many years. Impasse™ is available in three different styles (triple-pointed, blunt-tipped, and outwardly curved) and four standard colors (black, white, bronze, and desert sand).


Topics: ATFP, Fence Design, Terrorism, Military Fence Virginia

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