The task of picking a new gate is important, regardless of if it is for your industrial, commercial, or private property. You shouldn’t make a hasty choice, but rather acquire all the information you need to make the most informed decision. You will want to think about operation, cost, space limitations, functionality, security, and more. To begin with it helps to understand seven of the most common types of gates.
Each kind of gate has different applications and uses which could be more or less suitable to different situations. One of the first things to decide is which way the gate needs to open and close. This is an important starting place. It is essential to think about whether the gate will open up into traffic or if it will otherwise obscure access.
A swing gate could be automated or manual, and it could be either a double gate or a single one. Single swing gates can be great if you have a small access point but you still want an automated gate. They are a pretty affordable choice this way and only need a single motor. If you have a wider access point a double swing gate could be necessary. A double swing gate can even be custom-made.
Bi fold Gates
If there isn’t enough room for an ordinary swing gate then a bi fold gate should work. These are manual. This type of gate folds inward upon itself, much like an accordion.
Traditional Sliding Gates
If you don’t have enough space behind or in front of the gate for the swing kind, a sliding gate may be the next best option. A sliding gate doesn’t have to be automated but can also be manual. It is also great for even a very wide entry way.
If you are even more confined when it comes to space a tandem gate could work best. If there isn’t enough width for a sliding gate then this is one of the next best choices. Tandem gates use a double track and move backwards in parallel.
Double Sliding Gate
This type of gate system works with an opening at the center between the two gates. When opened these gates separate and go along opposite sides of a wall, fence, or some other perimeter.
Sloped driveways pose somewhat of a problem for most traditional gates, but a tapered gate can work well in this type of situation. Tapered gates meet all the same needs when it comes to performance, security, functionality, and even aesthetics. They aren’t necessarily easy to come by and you can’t get them just anywhere. You will need to go to an experienced gate manufacturer. This needs to be someone who can design a tapered gate that fits with your unique slope and entry way.
Top Hung Gates If there is a somewhat confined entry and exit space and the location is an under croft car park then a top hung gate should work well. This kind of gate opens vertically.
In this situation that a track across the driveway is impractical or undesired, a cantilevered gate would be a practical alternative. If the road in question has contours or a dip or bump then the cantilever design can be accommodating.