Are these retractable barricade gates a winner? Watch the Fancy Fence demo:
Right away, I can see some potential problems:
Maintenance Nightmare: If normal motorized gates/operators are a maintenance hog, I can only imagine this would be even worse. If a motorized opener doesn't work, you can slide the gate manually open/closed. What happens with a fancy fence?
Expensive: $400 per foot? Yikes. A 20' driveway fence costs $8000? Not even in the same ballpark as a traditional swing arm gate costing a few hundred dollars.
Potentially Dangerous: It is unclear what safeguards there are against driving fence posts up into parked cars or rolling over partially retracted posts.
From a security standpoint, there are no claims about ballistic or impact ratings on the staves, and it likely depends on the style/type of the material chosen based on architectural appeal rather than security.
What do you think? Could you see yourself using/buying a Fancy Fence?