If you are a contractor or a client, here is the information that you need to know:
YOU ARE A CLIENT
Check with your provincial authorities to find out about current recommendations for renovation projects. In some parts of Canada, contractors are allowed to present quotes and carry out renovation projects starting in the upcoming days and weeks.
For example, in Quebec, all renovation projects will be allowed to start on May 11th 2020. In Ontario and Alberta, there is no set date for construction and home renovations to be relaunched. As such, strict guidelines are still in order. Please consult your provincial government website for specific information.
In the meantime, RenoQuotes is here to put you in touch with our network of contractors. We encourage clients and contractors to follow the rules and guidelines enforced by provincial authorities.
Consult our article for tips on how to organize your project remotely: How to Receive Quotes Remotely
Be sure to check out the following article for general information about renovations during this extraordinary situation: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19
YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR
Guidelines vary from one province to another. As the information is changing daily, we encourage you to consult your local government website for specific information.
In any case, you will have to adapt your practices when presenting quotes and carrying out the work. In some areas, only remote communications are permitted. For advice on how to present a quote remotely, check out this article: 3 tips to present quotes remotely
If you meet with a client in person and start working on a project, strict hygiene and social distancing measures must be adopted. Here's another article that could interest you: What you need to know about construction sites reopening
Do you need financial help for your renovation company? Check out this article: Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses
Last modified: 2019-01-24 | Approximate reading time 3 mins
The entrance to the driveway of your home sets the first impression for guests and travellers alike. Having a handsome gate not only serves as an attractive entryway into your property, but it can also be aesthetically pleasing, greatly adding to the curb appeal of your property. Aside from the way it looks, the function of your gate is very important.
The gate you choose will directly depend on the size of your drive or walkway, single or double drive, as well as the size of your home. Consider your options wisely and do a little bit of research before moving forward with your gate installation. Luckily, we’ve done a bit of homework for you, and offer some background on the gates available for you.
source: Flickr, Swan Gates
Think of the automatic doors of a department store and you can understand how the mechanism in a slide gate works. The slide gate either slides on wheels from left to right or from right to left. To accommodate this type of gate, you need ample space that is equal to the width of your driveway on either side and then some. In the realm of slide gates, there are a few different types to choose from, these are: V-track, rear pipe track and cantilever.
V-track slide gates are the most common type of slide gate. They are considered quite reliable. However, these may be problematic in parts of Canada that have a lot of snow or ice, as the v-track needs to be kept clear of debris to operate.
The rear pipe track sliding gate has two wheels mounted on pipes which are mounted to the fence panels. The front end of the gate contains a wheel carriage assembly that consists of a rubber wheel and one V-track wheel.
The cantilever slide gate is preferable in areas or regions that experience a lot of snow and ice. Cantilever gates do not operate with wheels, and therefore, slide over the driveway without being bothered by debris or buildup. Cantilever gates also come in a few different styles, these include: full cantilever gates, top hang cantilever gates and bottom track cantilever gates.
Determining which model is best for you is dependent on the style of your home, as well as the size of your driveway. Consider doing some research before going forward with a purchase. The downfall of cantilever gates is that they require even more space than the other slide gates listed. If you have a very large driveway, this may be the choice for you.
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As the name so aptly suggests, swing gates swing open inward and outward. If you are installing this style of gate, bear in mind that if it is outward swinging it must be set back from the street or sidewalk enough so that it does not make its way into a passing car. There are two main types of swing gates, and these are single and double swing.
Single swing gates open similarly to any old door, while double swing gates open like French doors. It is important to install swing gates on a level plane, so if you have a flat driveway, this type of gate would work well. However, if your driveway is sloped, uphill swing gates are a possibility. This style of gate presents an engineering challenge, and should only be considered if no other style of gate suits.
source: Flickr, constructionsg
Swing and sliding gates are operated by motors, generally attached to a pulley or chain that works by pulling the gate open. Generally, these styles of gates are slow moving. However, there are a few styles of automatic gates on the market that employ more high-tech systems to operate. Remote or Automatic detection gates are triggered when a car approaches, working automatically to open. However, some models of these gates are partially manual, and someone may be needed to push the button for it to open.
Battery powered gates are another style of automatic gate, and these have an advantage over electric gates. Where electric gates need to be connected to a power grid, battery-powered gates can go anywhere.
Lastly, solar powered gates are new to the market. With many homeowners becoming environmentally conscious and turning towards green energy, they are growing in popularity. Solar panels are located close to the gate, gathering sunlight and turning it into electrical energy to store in the battery. The stored energy is then used to open and close the gate, making this option not only eco-friendly but efficient!
RenoQuotes.com can help you get quotes for. By submitting your house gate renovation project to us, we’ll put you in contact with top-rated contractors. Fill in the form on the homepage (it only takes a few minutes), and you will get estimates from trusted professionals.
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