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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose an automatic gate company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified automatic gate contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated automatic gate installer and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you’ll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you’ll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

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DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT CONTRIBUTORS IN THE Santa Clara County – Gates – Automatic CATEGORY

Harris Ginyard is manager of marketing and advertising at STATCOMM Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2006. She can be reached at (650) 988-9508 or by email.

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Harris Ginyard: A Second Livelihood

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

MOUNTAIN VIEW – After 30 years in property management, Harris Ginyard was ready to settle into retirement, but after a conversation with a colleague, he found himself embarking on a second livelihood. “Back when I was a community association manager, I became friends with Kent Rily, the founder of STATCOMM Inc., and started using his company for the life safety needs of the properties I managed,” he remembers. “When Rich, the current president, took over, I maintained that professional relationship. Right about the time I was planning to retire, I made the mistake of going to lunch with Rich, who convinced me to come work for him in the company’s marketing department. He must’ve known I’d be bored in retirement.”

Today, as manager of marketing and advertising for STATCOMM, Harris says his favorite part of his job is human relations. “I’m a people person, so I enjoy interacting with others. It’s the same thing I liked about working in property management, so it’s neat to see that element carry over into my second career.”

Originally from North Carolina, Harris moved to the Bay Area in 1977 and resides today in Mountain View with his wife, Laura. When asked his favorite part about Bay Area life, Harris refers to the temperate climate. “On the East Coast, I was shoveling snow a lot in the winter, but I don’t have to do that here. Plus, the weather is conducive to an active lifestyle. Anything you like to do, you can do it most of the year. You can’t play golf during the winter back East because you can’t see the ball in the snow!”

Outside of work, Harris engages in activities that keep him both physically and socially active. “I’m an avid golf and tennis player, and I play one of them almost every day,” he affirms. “Also, my wife and I love music: she sings and I’m a drummer. Recently, I’ve taken up the piano, which is something I’ve wanted to do for years.” In addition to sports and music, Harris enjoys socializing with friends and family. “Besides having a large group of friends, I’m a grandfather of eight, so we do a lot of gatherings, parties and barbeques at our house.”

In his life and career, Harris espouses the power of positivity in the workplace. “I believe in relating to others in a positive and constructive way,” he explains. “At STATCOMM, I work hard to create an atmosphere where everybody is important and nobody is made to feel less than the next person because of their title. I find this leads to a culture where people take pride in what they do and find more fulfillment in their work.”

When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Harris says he’d take his favorite pastime to a foreign destination. “I’d be on a plane headed to some exclusive golf resort in a tropical setting—maybe the Bahamas.”

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Q: Who’s your favorite tennis player?
A: Roger Federer.

Q: Did you play any high school sports?
A: I played basketball and football.

Q: Do you collect anything?
A: Golf clubs.

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?
A: I usually get pretty revved up in the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m still like a little kid in that respect.

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Know What You Want
Consider a Few Things Before Hiring a Santa Clara County Automatic Gate Contractor

So you have decided you want to add an automatic gate to your property. Or maybe you have decided to hire a qualified gate company for maintenance of an automatic gate or pedestrian security gate. If you want a qualified gate installation company, understand what DASMA and IDA necessitate and look for these affiliations.

You should consider asking yourself these questions before you delve into your search for a gate contractor in Santa Clara County.

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified automatic gate installation company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Guarantee?
  • Is convenience, cost, or security the most important aspect of hiring a contractor to install a home security gate?
  • Am I aware of the different types of security gates available to me?
  • Do I want to hire a gate company in Santa Clara County with many years of experience and dedication to quality work?
  • Do I have an idea of the style of home security gate I am looking to install?
  • Can you describe what you are looking for to each contractor you interview for the job?
  • Do I want to hire an automatic gate company that offers brands backed by a lifetime warranty?
  • Do I want a Diamond Certified company that installs automatic gates, safety gates and gate openers, as well as one who performs maintenance and repairs for all of these?
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What To Ask In Person
Meet with Automatic Gate Companies Contractors in Santa Clara County in Person

After you have conducted telephone interviews of several gate companies in Santa Clara County, narrow it down to the most qualified. Besides the information you have gathered from initial interviews, trust your instincts on which companies will be a better fit for your security gate needs. After the contractor's experience and qualifications, also consider if the gate company's previous designs match your own taste.

Here are some sample questions you should ask gate companies when interviewing them:

  • What is your schedule like, and do you have a time frame for completing work at my home?
  • Do you have examples of security gate installation or other gate installations you have performed in Santa Clara County?
  • May I have a list of ten customers from previous security gate installations you have completed?
  • Do you offer routine maintenance for my security gate after it is installed?
  • Will you both fabricate and install custom security gates?
  • Do you utilize any subcontractors to complete any portions of the work?
  • Will you give me an estimate for my new automatic gate in writing and utilize a written contract for services?
  • After seeing my property and having a better idea of what I am asking for, what is your price estimate?
  • Do you offer any guarantees on your workmanship or just a manufacturers' warranty?
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  • What To Ask References
    What to Ask Previous Customers of Santa Clara County Automatic Gate Companies

    It's best to choose a Diamond Certified automatic gate contractor because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a gate company in Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies. And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews. That's because all research is performed by live telephone interviews of actual customers.

    If you can't find a Diamond Certified automatic gate contractor within reach, it's wise to call some references provided by your gate company. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the automatic gate company are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process. That's because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

    If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company's 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

    Sample questions to ask references include:

    • Do you recommend this Santa Clara County automatic gate contractor?
    • What services did this security gate company provide?
    • If you hired them to install an automatic gate door or controlled access gate, did they listen to your needs and concerns?
    • Do they offer installation, repairs and routine maintenance for the type of automatic security gate you had installed?
    • Was the company friendly and professional at all times?
    • Was there anything you did not like about the service you received from this automatic gate contractor?
    • Were they interested in implementing the security gate designs or pedestrian gate designs you had in mind?
    • Did they try to pressure you into an automatic security gate that was outside of your budget or something you did not like?
    • Would you hire this automatic gate company again?
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  • Review Your Options
    Hire a Good Automatic Gate Company in Santa Clara County

    The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

    You have interviewed potential gate contractors in larger cities including San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara and Mountain View thoroughly. Now it is time to make a final decision on the best gate company for your needs. Before deciding on hiring an automatic gate contractor in Santa Clara County, it's important to consider these last questions.

    • Am I hiring a Diamond Certified automatic gate company in and around San Jose, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale or Cupertino?
    • Does this company have any complaints filed against them with the CSLB or other consumer agency?
    • Have I verified contractor licensing, liability insurance, certifications, and industry affiliations (such as IDA) for a company installing or repairing security gates?
    • Is this price estimate within my budget, and am I getting everything I need for the price?
    • What is the estimated time for completing my security gate or automatic gate work?
    • Does the company offer guarantees on their workmanship or other warranties?
    • Am I hiring an automatic gate company with the most experience, dedication, and service?
    • Does this automatic gate contractors help me acquire the proper permits for the job?
    • Do you know who will be in charge of your automatic gate installation or repair and who will oversee the work?

    If you are confident in the answers to these questions, proceed to hiring an automatic gate contractor in Santa Clara County to fit your needs.

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  • How To Work With
    How to Choose the Best Automatic Gate Company in Santa Clara County

    You have found a good company that seems to meet all of your needs. But be careful if a potential automatic gate contractor asks you to get any permits for them, as this is probably a sign they are not licensed properly for the work. If the contractor is unable to obtain a permit, this could also mean your homeowners' insurance may not cover any claims. Don't choose the lowest bidding contractor just to save money. The lowest price may not reflect a quality job, and it could cost you more later. Your home is probably your largest investment, and you should be careful who you hire to complete work on your property.

    After You Hire a Good Home Security Gate Contractor in Santa Clara County
    Now that you've found the best automatic gate contractor in Santa Clara County, here are a few things to consider. Always get all work agreed upon in a written contract. A good contract will include the contractor's name, address, license number and your name and address. Any start and end dates agreed upon should also be included in the contract. Materials to be used, specific instructions, and details of the job (such as model numbers) should be included as well. Make sure you have agreed on a payment schedule for work, as well as what the procedure will be for any changes to work, unanticipated price changes, or unforeseeable delays to completion.

    Ensure Everything goes Smoothly when Hiring a Gate Company in Palo Alto, Cupertino, Gilroy, or San Jose
    After you reach an agreement of the contract details, sign the contract and prepare for work to begin. Ask the contractor what time they will start and begin work each day. Also, be sure to ask if your project will be a single day project or take multiple days. Be sure you have an understanding of when any trash will be removed and final clean up work will be completed. Ask the automatic gate contractor if there are any foreseeable issues they may run into completing your job. This will help avoid some surprises that could come up. Be prepared to keep any family pets out of the way of workers. Understand you may not be able to park in your driveway or garage, depending on what work is being done and where it's being completed.

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  • Be a Good Customer
    Be a Good Customer for Automatic Gate Companies in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Mountain View, Gilroy, or San Jose

    It's the automatic gate contractor' responsibility put in quality security gates and garage doors using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your automatic gate work, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Santa Clara County automatic gate company.

    Why should you be a good customer? Automatic gate companies in Santa Clara County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

    • Be clear and upfront with the automatic gate company. Let them know what you want from your home security gate or garage door installations, maintenance, or repair.
    • Let them know the long-term outcome you're expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your needs.
    • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
    • Be sure to restate to the automatic gate company's representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local automatic gate companies occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.
    • Ask your automatic gate contractor if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
    • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the home security gate installation or repair on schedule.
    • Be sure they have a phone number where they can reach you at all times. The work will move along more smoothly if your automatic gate company can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
    • Pay for all work promptly.
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Check The Work
Check Santa Clara County Automatic Gate Contractor's Work Against the Invoice

Once your home security gate or garage door work is completed, check to make sure it was done correctly and to your satisfaction. Make sure everything that was listed on your contract has been completed, and have the senior contractor do a walk through with you. Compare what you see to the work billed on your invoice.

Once you are satisfied, be sure to make all final payments to the automatic gate contractor. The final invoice should have the company's name, address, phone number listed, as well as your information. They should include a detailed list of work completed, and possibly specific descriptions of the work. A price break down may include both labor and materials costs. Ask your contractor any final questions and confirm all warranties before they leave.

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Written Warranties
Ask for Warranties from Automatic Gate Companies in Santa Clara County

Most reputable automatic gate installers in the Santa Clara area offer a warranty of some kind. At the minimum they should make you aware of the gate manufacturer's warranty, which can range from 1 year to a lifetime warranty.

Many automatic gate contractors will additionally warranty their workmanship. This may include routine maintenance of home security gates or garage doors installed. Be sure you understand the terms of a warranty that is provided. Any warranty should include exactly what is covered, the terms of the warranty, and how to make a claim if necessary.

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Top 10 Requests
Popular Santa Clara County Automatic Gate Company Requests

The terms and explanations below are the most common requests for automatic gate contractors in Santa Clara County, including those in San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Gonzales and Milpitas.

Automatic Security Gate Installation
A home security gate, often placed at the end of your driveway, that acts as a physical and visual barrier to your property. It operates without manual human assistance to open and close.

Automatic Gate Repairs
One common repair of security gates is a burnt out motor. Lightening from storms and power surges can cause an unexpected repair.

Custom Designed Security Gates
A home security gate can be customized to your needs and design interests. Materials can range greatly to create aluminum gates, bronze gates, iron gates, mesh gates, pipe gates, polyurethane gates, steel gates, wrought iron gates, wood gates. Many types of materials or a combination of materials can be used to create customized gates.

Automatic Gate Openers
Even if you already have a home gate, you may not have an automatic gate opener. Gate openers should be installed by professional automatic gate companies to ensure they are safely installed.

Automatic Gate Maintenance
Do not wait until your automatic gate is malfunctioning to have it serviced. Any mechanical device needs routine maintenance, and automatic gates are no exception. Gates often consist of pulleys, springs, cables, and chains that need proper maintenance to function. Automatic gates should be serviced at least every two years.

Security Gates
Security gates are those that require a passcode or special opener to access. These gates are popularly used as driveway gates and private property entrances.

Pedestrian Gates
If you already have a home security gate installed, or are thinking of installing an automatic gate, consider a pedestrian gate as well. Most automatic gates are designed for vehicles to enter and exit. They may have sensors to determine when a car has exited the area so it can safely close. Pedestrian gates are safer for people to walk through than an automatic home gate, and can easily be accessed with a security code.

Remote Gate Opener
Don't want to get out of your vehicle to open a gate or punch in a security code in the pouring rain? Have a remote gate opener installed to an existing home security gate.

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Glossary Of Terms
Glossary of Automatic Gate Terms

Below are some common automatic gate industry terms and their descriptions.

automatic cantilever gates
Gates that open parallel to a fence or wall, supported from one end, requiring less space than a gate that opens laterally.

automatic gates
An automatic gate, such as sliding gates, single swing gates, and double swing gates, open with a motor.

Also known as: home gates, electronic gates

cables
Gate cables are strong strands of wire used to attach a garage door to the counterbalance mechanism by bottom brackets.

controlled access gates
A security gate system controlling who enters and exits your property. They utilize key pads, radio remotes, card readers, loop detectors, power-back up, magnetic lock systems, intercoms, and more.

Also known as: security access gates

dual gate
A gate that has two pieces that intersect in the middle, by either swinging or sliding open and closed.

end stiles
Located at the end of a section if garage door that furnishes for attachment of end hinges.

galvanized steel
A zinc coating to protect steel from corrosion.

pedestrian gate
a gate that allows access to property for pedestrians, typically along a sidewalk path. These can also be designed with a security code access. Often adjacent to an automatic sliding gate.

slide gate
optimal for driveways with limited space. Allows the gate to open and close parallel to a wall or fence.

Also known as: sliding gate

solar gate
a solar powered gate may be used if you do not require a telephone entry system by using a solar panel to operate the security gate.

Also known as: solar powered gate

spring assembly
Hardware that makes up the counterbalance assembly of a garage door.

swing gate
a gate that opens and closes by slowly swinging inward or outward, away from the wall or fence. Can be a single swing gate or dual gates.

Also known as: swinging automatic gate

telephon eentry system
grant access to visitors with the use of a telephone entry system. Speak to potential visitors and let them in with the push of a button on your phone.

Also known as: Automatic gate access system

wireless portable intercom
battery operated intercoms to communicate with those wishing to access your home.

Also known as: security gate intercom, automatic gate intercom

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ for Automatic Gate Installers

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified automatic gate company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose an automatic home gate contractor with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country's most in-depth rating process. Only automatic gate companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can't pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you'll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified home security gate contractor.

Q: What does it cost is it to install an automatic security gate?
A: Prices for an automatic gate can very greatly. They price can depend on size, design, customization, materials used, and labor involved. It is best to get several written estimates for automatic gate installation from a reputable contractor.

Q: What additional options are there for automatic gate installation?
A: You may additionally inquire about things like automatic gate actuators, iron entry gates, telephone entry access systems, vehicle sensing devices, emergency vehicle access devices. Most automatic gate companies can create customized home gates.

Q: How long will my new automatic gate installation take?
A: That depends on a lot of things, from size, to custom design and fabrication, and whether everything is in order to begin the installation. Many simple projects like a pedestrian gate could take a few days. While a custom designed automatic security gate could take 1-2 weeks to complete. Most general maintenance work can be completed in a day or so, depending on the problem.

Q: How often does a security gate need maintenance?
A: Although that can depend on the level of usage, a general recommendation is to have automatic gates serviced every two years.

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