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Sliding Gates vs Swing Gates

Automatic Gates, Gates | June 6, 2019

Whether you are installing a gate at the driveway to your home, the entrance to a business, or at an access point to public land, knowing the benefits and differences of sliding gates vs swing gates can help you to make an informed decision. At Vulcan Metal Works, we design and build custom fence and gate solutions for clients across BC.

Comparing Swing and Sliding Gates

It is important to know what kind of gate will work best for your purposes and the space. Before making a decision on whether to install a swing gate or a sliding gate, take a look at the surrounding area. If there are space restrictions that will keep either type of gate from opening fully, your decision might be made for you.

If there are no space restrictions and the type of fence being used can accommodate either type of gate, consider some of the different benefits of sliding gates and swing gates before proceeding with installation. Both types of gates can be made in a variety of styles, colours, and sizes, and are available in a variety of materials and fence types. Either type of gate can be motorized or manually operated to suit the circumstances.

Advantages of Sliding Gates

A sliding gate telescopes neatly alongside the existing fence, wall, or property line and stays out of the way so that traffic can easily pass. They take up no extra space when open and they can span any size of driveway. Because sliding gates move along a track, they only require one motor, even if the gap being spanned is exceedingly wide. Sliding gates also have an advantage over swing gates in areas that receive heavy snowfall, as they can slide easily through the snow and do not need to be shoveled out to open.

Advantages of Swing Gates

Swing gates operate on hinges and are most useful in areas with space restrictions. A sliding gate needs to be able to fully retract into a pocket but a swing gate is able to sit tightly against a wall or fence and swing in whatever direction it needs to. Swing gates do not require any kind of track to be installed in order to operate, making them easier to install in most cases and more versatile for different types of property.

If you are interested in learning more about the differences and benefits of sliding gates vs swing gates, or to learn more about any of our other fencing and gate products and services, please contact Vulcan Metal Works or fill out an information form on our website and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


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