An automatic gate is a straightforward, effective way to control access to a home, community, or facility. The gate ensures that all vehicles that enter and exit the premises must do so via the automatic gate. You get the security that you need for your home without having to hire a guard or put in cameras or other security devices. The following details two popular types of automatic gates – slide gates and swing gates – so that you can make an informed decision about the gate that you install for your home.
A slide gate may also be referred to as a rolling gate or V-track gate. It is installed parallel to the fence interior. A slide gate moves back and forth across the opening in a horizontal fashion. The rollers on the bottom of the gate support the sliding motion. Generally there is a metal track installed for the rollers along the ground that spans the gate opening.
A slide gate is a great choice when a swing gate is not an option. For example, if the area where the gate would swing open is limited (i.e. large rocks in the way), a slide gate may be a better choice. A slide gate can also be a simpler option for driveways with steep uphill slopes.
As slide gate rollers must run along the ground, sometimes issues arise when there is ice, snow, or debris. The rollers may also generate friction, which can make it a little tougher to open and close the gate. The best way to minimize these issues is to purchase a brush that you can use to sweep the track periodically.
A swing gate is hinged on one side. It swings open and shut just like a regular door. Typically a swing gate moves in a 90 degree arc between its open and closed positions. Swing gates can either have a single or double leaf and can have an in-swing or out-swing motion.
Swing gates are widely used for residential properties because they're affordable, easy to install, and require minimal maintenance. Many people also like swing gates because they are safe and quiet with few moving parts. Additionally, swing gates offer a compact, classic aesthetic that matches a wide variety of home styles.
The most important thing to keep in mind when considering a swing gate is that your home must have adequate space so that the gate can move in a large arc to open or close. People must take care to keep their vehicles clear of the gate when it opens or closes. You don't want a person or a vehicle to get trapped or hit by the moving gate.