Automatic gates are a fantastic way to secure your property, while still providing easy and convenient access to your driveway. Available in a range of designs and styles, they can be seamlessly blended into fencing and overall home aesthetic.
If you’re considering installing an automatic gate, you’ll need to decide between swing gates and sliding gates. Both designs have a range of pros and cons and may be more or less suited to your property.
To help you make the most informed decision, we’re going to run through the difference between the two gate designs and look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of each design.
Sliding gates open by sliding the gate sideways along the fence line to one or both sides of the roadway. This gate design works best when you’re dealing with rough ground and have ample space on one or both sides of the driveway.
- Why use sliding gates
Sliding gates are ideal for the owners who are looking for a smart and economical option for driveway gates. They use space efficiently and effectively. And since they are easy to mount on various surfaces and terrains, they are an ideal choice for inclined or gravel driveways.
- How they work
An electric motor is used to operate the sliding mechanism that opens and closes the gate. The motor can be triggered via a battery operated remote control device from the comfort of your car.
The mechanism can be attached to an existing manual gate, or you can purchase a fully automatic gate kit. Generally, they run on a trackless or track beam system. They can open to the left or right, or split in the middle to open on either side. In most cases, these gates are fully customisable and can be made to order.
Advantages of the sliding gate
- Suitable for both residential and commercial purposes
- Easy to install and along an existing fence line
- Easier to install and more durable than swing gates
- Suitable for a short driveways
- Secure and don’t require any manual locking devices
- Available in a range of styles including telescopic or trackless
- Suitable for sloping or rough driveways
Automatic Swing Gates
Automatic swing gates open inward or outward along the driveway or path. They can be custom made as a complete gate and mechanism package or you can install the mechanism on your existing gates. Swing gates are available as single-leaf gates, double-leaf gate or framed gates and they can be set up to swing-in or swing-out.
Swing gates have a classical look and a graceful opening motion that adds significant aesthetic appeal to the property.
Because of the gate swing radius, swing gates may not be appropriate for short driveways. They also may not be the best choice for steep or rough terrain roadways.
Advantages of automatic swing gates
- Durable enough for medium to intensive use
- Includes anti-crushing safety device
- Can be manually operated in in case of a power outage
- Ideal for residential properties
- Smooth and quiet operation
- Can be calibrated to open inwards or outwards
- Low maintenance
- Adds value to your property.
Ultimately, it will be your residential or commercial property that will decide which gate will be the better choice. The two main factors you should think before choosing the right gate system is space availability and ground contour.