Your property is one of the most valuable assets you own, and making it safe and secure is a priority. Increasing in popularity, automatic gate operators in Panama City FL offer top level security, convenience, privacy, and versatility, so you can control who has access to your space. Check out some of the basic details to help you understand what is available to you and the benefits you can expect.

Learning The Main Components of Automatic Gate Systems

The Gate Component

From commercial properties to businesses and homes, the gate you need will vary, and there many types of gates that can be used with an operator. When you’re installing a brand new gate, it’s easy to match up an operator to meet your needs, but it’s also possible to add a gate operator in Panama City FL to an existing gate you have based on the setup and current condition of your gate and fence.

Adding an Automatic Gate Operator

In order to make your gate open and close automatically, you need a very specific unit of machinery that controls the movement of the gate through a switchboard and various types of controls. Gate operators are electrically powered and some are even solar-powered. There are wired units available in a range of sizes and types, as well as wireless versions of some as well.

Automatic Gate Types for Residential and Commercial Properties


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Slide Gate

Slide Gates

One of the most common types of automatic gates is the slide gate, which operates exactly as it sounds – by sliding horizontally back and forth in a straight line to allow vehicular entry.  Slide gates require more side room to accommodate the gate in the “open” position and are generally more secure than a swing gate. This type of gate is installed with a metal track and rollers at the bottom to guide the gate across the space. 


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Swing Gate

Swing Gates

Another automatic gate that works the way its title suggests is a swing gate that opens on a hinge to open and close similar to a regular door. They are often able to open and close more quickly than a slide gate. Options with swing gates include one or two leaf versions and swinging out or swinging in which depends on the preference and layout of the property.


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Barrier Gate

Barrier Gates

Ideal for high traffic areas, commercial barrier gate operators are essential for managing vehicle flow safely and efficiently. This style of gate is often seen in parking lots and other various spaces where only vehicles are being restricted access. The barrier is a vertical arm that is rotated in and out of the opening. It gives little to no security other than the restriction of vehicles entering a property.


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Heavy Duty Gate Operators

Heavy Duty Gate Operators

Our line of Heavy-Duty Gate Operators with variable speed control makes the challenge of moving the heaviest of gates a thing of the past. Both slide gate and swing gate operator styles keep warehouses, commercial properties, distribution facilities, and gated communities working 24/7.


Dependable Access Control Systems 

Gate operators in Panama City FL offer an increased level of security and convenience, which is, for the most part, attributed to an access control system linked to the gates. Gate access control systems operate pretty much the same way as any other access control, where you have an electronically-locked gate that is connected to the access control server. When the right credential is presented, an electronic signal will be sent to the gate lock, allowing it to open so that an authorized vehicle can enter.


There are several different types of Access Control Systems to choose from. Here’s a list of some of the most common:

  • Keypad Access System

This is probably the simplest and most commonly utilized solution in gate access control. In order to access the premises, the visitor has to key in a PIN. Once the PIN is verified, the visitor can enter the premises.

  • Telephone Entry System

A telephone entry system is a form of access control that lets visitors request access. Similar to gate intercom systems, telephone entry systems allow you or tenants to open the door remotely for guests.

  • RFID and Card Readers

RFID stands for “radio-frequency identification.” Most RFID access control systems use keycards or fobs which are used to gain property access. When someone scans their fob at the gate, the system checks to see if that fob is registered. If it is, the system grants access and opens the gate.

Safety and Quality of Gate Operators in Panama City, FL Properties


When having an automatic gate system installed on your property, it is incredibly important to have the proper safety protocol used and that the installation company follows the best practices. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has created a safety protocol program called Standard 325 that every gate operator installer in Panama City, FL should follow precisely. The techniques and manuals they create help to ensure that every gate includes warning signage, needed sensors, screening procedures, and other devices that create a safe environment around the use of automatic gates from any manufacturer across the country.


All of our gates are made in-house by our expert shop welder, so you can be assured that your gate is of superior quality.  We stand behind our work 100% and Mr. Gate promises the same outstanding workmanship and customer service that our customers have come to know from Mr. Fence of Florida.


We are so confident in our gate systems that we offer a Lifetime Craftsmanship Warranty on all installations and repair work, as well as a full 1-year warranty on all parts and labor, under normal operating conditions. Mr. Gate also offers annual service contracts so we can keep your gate working at all times.

Trust the Pros at Mr. Gate for your Gate Operators in Panama City FL!

Mr. Gate (as a partnership of Mr. Fence of Florida) is your answer for automatic gate operator installation in Panama City, FL, and the surrounding areas. Our experts are here to answer your questions and show you what great fencing service in Florida looks like! Give us a call at (850) 360-3573 or contact us through our website today!