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Vertical Lift Gate


What is a vertical lift gate?


A vertical lift gate is similar to vertical pivot gate in that the entire barrier lifts off the ground. While a vertical pivot gate lifts the entire panel 90-degrees like a railroad crossing arm or vehicle barrier drop arm, a vertical lift gate elevates the gate in its horizontal position, lifting it overhead so a truck or other vehicle can pass underneath it.


What are the advantages of a vertical lift gate?


Unlike slide or rolling gates, vertical lift gates control access in a very space efficient manner. Because the gate elevates overhead, there is no interaction with pedestrians and no interference with the roadway entry space during operation. Because the gate is lifted off the ground, it also doesn’t require the kind of ground preparation that a rolling gate needs and can be used on sloped terrain.


Vertical lift gates also open and close quicker than rolling gates that by design must travel across the entire distance of the roadway entrance to permit vehicle entry. Heavy-use sites where there is a lot of vehicular traffic in and out can benefit from the faster operation times offered by a vertical lift gate.


Are there disadvantages to vertical lift gates?


It is typically more expensive to install a vertical lift gate than a swing or rolling gate. In addition, maintaining the gate so it works properly and safely without malfunction should always be considered when budgeting.


What materials are used to make vertical lift gates?


Aluminum, steel, iron and composites are the most commonly used materials.


What locations use vertical lift gates?


Vertical pivot gates are frequently deployed at heavy-use, high traffic volume sites where space is limited for entry and exit. They are also especially good for providing access control for larger, taller vehicles. Potential locations include:  


  • Detention & Correctional facilities
  • Military bases
  • Airports
  • Ports & Rail yards


What are the rating standards for vertical lift gates?


Many vertical lift gates are anti-ram rated and thus fall under the testing requirements of ASTM F2656. Some use the DoD’s K-rating standard.  To find a DoD-approved vertical lift gate, use Protogetic’s groundbreaking 100% digital DoD Anti-Ram Vehicle Barrier list.


Non-crash rating standards for vertical lift gates are the same as vertical pivot gates, including:


ASTM F2200 -- Standard Specification for Automated Vehicular Gate Construction


UL 325 -- Standard for Door, Drapery, Gate, Louver, and Window Operators and Systems


What type of operating system does a vertical lift gate use?


Because many vertical lift gates are quite heavy, hydraulic operation is common. Lighter lift gates can employ electric chain drives to raise and lower the gate. Often vertical lift gates are combined with access control products such as license plate scanners or car key readers to automatically open the gate without the need for human personnel.


Is it difficult to find vertical lift gate systems?


No. Protogetic represents the top manufacturers of vertical lift gates and other high security products like penetration resistant fences or anti-ram vehicle barriers. Our advanced search filter turns hours of searching into instantaneous results so you can get more work done - faster!