Get excited – today we’re going to talk about gate hardware. While you may think it’s as easy as slapping a lock on a gate to control access to restricted areas, it’s actually not that simple – all sorts of codes apply. I usually consult (read: annoy) one of our Specification Consultants when I’m writing about specific hardware applications or anything involving NFPA 101, NFPA 80, ADA compliance, or the IBC, but today I was determined to figure it out on my own; I mean how hard could it be? I sat down to write this post at 1:00. It’s now an hour and a half later and I’m finally writing my first sentence – the last 95 minutes have been spent deciphering code and researching products.
Gate Hardware – Code Requirements
One of the most elusive egress requirements is gates. The most common scenario for this would be a restaurant patio – according to the International Building Code, gates are held to the same standard as any other door in the facility:
1008.2 Gates. Gates serving the means of egress system shall comply with the requirements of this section. Gates used as a component in a means of egress shall conform to the applicable requirements of doors.
This brings about the puzzling task of finding hardware that will both withstand the high-usage of a commercial facility and meet ADA and NFPA codes. Oh- don’t forget that it should be approved for outdoor use, because after all, your patio IS outside. Considering the number of applications, there are surprisingly few commercial options available. I did come across a few good ones – check them out below.
It’s important to remember that the most important aspect of any hardware specification is life safety – after you’ve located the perfect product make sure you use a reputable and experienced installer to avoid compromising you hardware’s effectiveness.
Gate Hardware – Product Specification
- ADA Compliant
- Push/pull action
- Dual 6-pin rekeyable locks
- Rated at 3,000 pounds
- Dependable Roller Bearing Design
- Even Weight distribution
There are a number of heavy duty closers on the market, but a common complaint is that the gates slam shut after they are installed. The products below seem to be the only ones on the market that solve the issue of slamming, but if you know of others we’d love to hear about them in the comments.
- ADA Compliant
- Adjustable closing speed
- Self-closes gates up to 180 pounds
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million. Check out how the mechanics of the SureClose work.
- Acts as hinge
- Two speed adjustments – closing and latching
Check out this video to see the product in action: