When you pull up to a business you expect it to be professional and clean— first impressions are everything. You might be a little put off by the sight of a dumpster off to the side of the building with trash cascading out of it. But if you were to see a clean, presentable dumpster enclosure, you’d hardly give a second thought to this company’s trash. Dumpster enclosures serve the all-important purpose of keeping a business’s trash out of sight, but that’s not all they do.
Dumpster enclosures prevent strangers from turning your dumpster into their personal dumping ground. They also keep dumpster divers at bay. Not to mention the number of animals your dumpster enclosure will keep away from turning your trash into a tasty meal. Finally, dumpster enclosures keep the wind from blowing your trash around, containing it all to one spot.
Your dumpster enclosure gate is an essential piece of the enclosure as it allows easy access to the dumpster as well as security. Keep reading to learn more about the different types of commercial dumpster enclosure gates in Central Arkansas, so you can find the perfect one to go with your property.
What Are Dumpster Enclosure Gates?
Dumpster enclosure gates are gates constructed to be the primary access point for getting into the dumpster enclosure area. These gates go through a lot of wear and tear from the trash service provider, so they must be very durable. Thus, they are generally made of heavy metal decking and structural steel.
Building Materials for Dumpster Enclosure Gates
A dumpster enclosure and gate aren’t items you can just order from Amazon to assemble yourself upon arrival. They must be custom-built for your needs, as well as to match the aesthetic of your property.
Generally speaking, the frame of the enclosure gate will be built from angle iron that will be painted to match the building it resides next to. Frames will always be custom fabricated for the specific requirements of the job. Metal decking is used to create the steel panels that make up the gate. The most commonly used decking has a thickness of 20 gauge.
Using a heavier gauge metal on your gate is a smart idea because these gates tend to take a lot of abuse. Trash collectors frequently hit dumpster enclosure gates with their trucks, and have a tendency to slam them shut. It’s not their property, so they don’t think twice about any dents that are left in the metal decking as a result of their carelessness.
If you want an enclosure gate that lasts a long time without denting easily, building it with heavier steel is the way to go. A gate made with decking that is 16 gauge will be almost twice as thick as one that uses 22 gauge steel. Since the gates themselves don’t require that much material, upgrading the thickness of the metal only increases the cost a little while yielding a far more superior product.
Types of Dumpster Enclosure Gates
There are several types of dumpster enclosures and gates. Every job is unique in its own way, so the requirements will vary. Hence, dumpster enclosures are always customized per the job. Here are some of the main styles of gates:
Swinging Gates in a Roofless Enclosure
If you don’t plan on having a roof for your dumpster enclosure, this type of swinging gate might be best for you. That being said, it is best to have a roofless enclosure if you are going to keep it locked in a secure facility to prevent people from climbing the walls and going dumpster diving in your trash.
These gates swing open and comprise a large gate with two sides that lock in the middle.
Swinging Gates in a Roofed Enclosure
It is best to put a roof over your dumpster enclosure if it is not locked in a secure facility and gets exposed to the elements. Putting a roof over your enclosure protects the dumpster from rain and snow, while also keeping people from having access to it.
A swinging gate for a dumpster enclosure with a roof is the most common type of enclosure gate. The gates are made up of two swinging gates with the roof overhead. This type of enclosure gate will be more expensive due to the material and fabrication required to build the metal roof.
Swinging Gates With Access Door
A swinging gate with an access door can be built with or without a roof on the dumpster enclosure. This is going to be the most expensive of the three types of enclosure gates described due to the additional fabrication and material needed to build the door. But the extra cost comes with the convenience of a door you can go through to access the dumpster without having to mess with unlocking and swinging open the gate.
If you are running a commercial business that requires you to access the dumpster on a regular basis to throw away the garbage, you’re going to want this type of gate. It is a lot easier to go through the door to get to the dumpster rather than opening the heavy gate every time you need to take the trash out.
Commercial Dumpster Enclosure Gates in Central Arkansas
If you need a commercial dumpster enclosure and gate for your business, look no further! United Fence & Construction Company is here for you! We have been servicing the Central Arkansas area for over 50 years.
With our experience, we can get the job done right. Our experience and industry knowledge are like no other. We offer the best commercial dumpster enclosures, gates, and repair services in the area.
Call us today at (501) 213-3307 or contact us online. We look forward to taking care of all your dumpster enclosure needs.