LiftMaster is a company under Chamberlain Group LLC, renowned for designing and engineering residential and commercial smart access solutions that include door operators and gate entry systems. The brand can be found globally in multiple access applications in storage facilities, homes, garages, communities, businesses and other controlled access areas.
The reason architects, general contractors, dealers and individuals can’t seem to stay away from a LiftMaster gate opener is because they have a product for most access control needs. They cover residential as well as commercial deployment with solutions that can be tailored to your specific needs.
Which Qualities Make an Excellent Gate Opener?
We need to review these features so you can appreciate why we singled out LiftMaster gate openers for this article. The ideal gate opener for your utility depends on your access control needs and how your premise is set up.
For optimal utility, you should get an operator that can handle the harshest operational and weather conditions, given your circumstances and frequency of usage. It should be easy to install, program and troubleshoot, with the capacity to handle the size and weight of the gate(s) in question. It should also be adaptable to the kind of gate that suits your space for efficiency.
Choosing the Best LiftMaster Gate Openers to Secure All Access Points
LiftMaster Swing Gate Openers vs Slide Gate Openers
The size and setup of your premises will determine if your best installation is a smart and powerful swing gate to keep the traffic flowing or a slide gate that sits flush to the fence line to minimize space consumption while maintaining the same precision and power in gate control.
Swing Gate Openers
Swing gates are generally better in warm climates because you don’t need to be concerned about the buildup of snow and ice on the gate’s path. Their gate openers come in two styles; those with an actuator and gear openers.
The ones with an actuator have a low-profile design and can be mounted directly to your gate. This simplifies installation and leaves a small footprint. They use screw-driven pistons and provide the maximum power output by eliminating a mechanical connection because they are directly connected to the gate. They are ideal for residential and light commercial usage.
Swing gate openers with an actuator can be solar powered; LiftMaster has solar residential linear actuator packages for summer climate areas which exemplify this. It allows you to enjoy the benefits of a smart home at a significantly lower energy cost.
Swing gate openers with gear boxes come with a drive arm that can be custom fitted for large or small gates. Ranging from moderately powered residential units to light commercial units, high traffic commercial units to heavy-duty variable speed swing gate operators, there is a LiftMaster tool for your gate, regardless of size or weight.
LiftMaster Slide Gate Openers
These slide the gate parallel with your wall or fence, taking up less room on your property. They can cover wider openings with fewer resources than swing gates and are less affected by the weather as they open and close on a single line. They can be installed in a single or dual gate setup and are capable of moving very heavy and wide gates.
LiftMaster gate openers have been at the top of our list of the best automatic sliding gate openers for residential and commercial use. They range from a residential/light commercial gate operator to high traffic commercial, heavy duty variable speed operator to a continuous duty industrial slide gate operator.
Variable speed allows the gate to stop when there are obstructions and close faster when applying Anti-Tailgating, rendering the operator flexible. The continuous duty model has a battery backup and will keep functioning through power failure for a seamless workflow.
Maximum Hauling Weight
This is a function of the weight of the gate and its length. The longer it is, the more power is needed to open or close it. The heavier it is, the stronger the gate opener has to be.
The gate opening mechanism also counts; slide gate openers can open longer and heavier gates than swing gate openers for the same amount of power. The ones with gear boxes are stronger among swing gate openers than those with actuators.
Why Choose LiftMaster to Keep All Access Points Secure and Safe?
Legacy elite heavy-duty commercial gears drive these gate openers for unsurpassed reliability. They come with enhancements like surge protection capabilities for industrial surges and lightning protection for strikes as far as 50 feet away.
Extended warranties also cover them for added peace of mind. Commercial gate openers are covered for up to five years, while residential covers go up to seven years.
Application of Smart Technology
myQ smart access and technology are another of the Chamberlain Group brands, which refers to an ecosystem based on smart technology that enables seamless communication between an entire suite of access control products and accessories.
When applied to LiftMaster gate openers, controlling the gates from a central point becomes easy with smart facility access and myQ connectivity. You gain visual awareness of all the main access points with the right control system and LiftMaster gate operator.
Wireless Dual Gate Communication
LiftMaster gate openers powering dual gate applications can communicate between themselves and synchronize gate closing and opening. This way, they don’t bump into each other. You can program limits and adjust the force separately for each automatic gate in a dual gate system. This comes in handy when one gate needs to close before the other and when the terrain doesn’t allow full extension of one or both gates.
Unique Security Features
This is another patented Chamberlain technology brand that applies to remote-controlled facilities. It facilitates the extension of the remote range and virtually eliminates interference using an encrypted tri-band signal.
It communicates in multiple frequencies, sending a different unique code each time you press the remote button. The single code is selected from 100 billion encrypted rolling codes generated every time you use the gate opener.
Consequently, your gate can only be controlled by remotes that you have programmed, and they will only open your gates, not your neighbors. It eliminates interference from other devices by selecting the strongest frequency all the time, which will be from your remote control. It also locks out all outside control signals while you are away.
Quick Close and Anti-Tailgate
This feature ensures you can instantly secure the access point, preventing unauthorized access.
Inbuilt Reversing Sensor
The gate opener can detect if there are obstructions on the way and will reverse the gate when needed, whether you are closing or opening it.
This is an essential backup plan to maintain accessibility even during power outages or when the system is faulty for one reason or the other.
This certification mark is only allowed if the product and its components meet the published and nationally recognized standards for safety for their category as set by the Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL). It means they were tested and evaluated by this universally recognized United States testing and certification agency.
It confirms the gate openers have successfully tested for safety. This can be attributed to the presence of entrapment protection devices and mechanisms to mitigate possible hazards in case any of their components fail.
UL listing will also help you conform to local electrical codes in locations where it is a requirement for all electrical installations. The basic requirement is usually UL325 compliance which makes it mandatory for each swing gate opener/motor/operator to have at least one functioning safety device. LiftMaster gate openers come with many other safety measures that will require a look into specific products to comprehensively review.
Ease of Application
LiftMaster gate openers have multiple control options, making it easy to pick the one that will suit your setup. There are various types of control panels; regular control panels that are locally connected to the gate opener, Wi-Fi and cellular (enabled up to 4G) control panels which eliminate the need to dig up your driveway or pull wires during installation for hardwired internet or landline service and the top of the range myQ smart access control panels.
A LiftMaster gate opener opens you up to convenience courtesy of an arsenal of compatible accessories that can’t all be mentioned here. We shall summarize with a few.
- Multiple remotes to choose from, including ASE and LiftMaster 1- and 3-button remotes
- Diverse keypads, including LiftMaster’s own wireless keypads with 5 or 250 permanent PINs and Security Brands’ wireless keypads with 500 permanent PINs and a transceiver
- LiftMaster internet gateway
By installing a LiftMaster gate opener, you can be sure that all the access points to your property are secure and safe. This will give you peace of mind, knowing that your family and belongings are well-protected. If you have any questions about LiftMaster products or services, please don't hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.