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What are Slide Gates?

B. Turner
B. Turner

Slide gates include any gates that open side-to-side rather than swinging in and out. This type of operation allows the gates to fit in a much smaller area, while swinging gates often require a fairly large amount of space. It also makes it easier to slide the gates up against the surrounding structure or supports, concealing them from view when the gates are open. Finally, some buyers may simply prefer the appearance of sliding gates over traditional swinging models.

Driveways are one of the most popular applications for slide gates. They can be used on everything from small residential driveways to large commercial settings. Slide gates at the entrance to the driveway not only protect the home and vehicle from vandalism and theft, but also create a sense of privacy within the property. Slide gates may also be used at the entrance to a barn or farming pasture, where it allows animals and equipment to enter and exit the area as needed.

Padlocks may be used to secure gates.
Padlocks may be used to secure gates.

The slide gate relies on one of two basic operating methods. It may slide along tracks that are built into the ground, which generally requires wheels or rollers installed at the base of the gate. These gates may also use a cantilever-type construction, where no tracks or wheels are required. With a cantilever design, all operating mechanisms are contained at either end of the gates, allowing the two gates to meet unsupported in the middle.

Many buyers use a slide gate operator to allow for automatic opening and closing. These systems may rely on a sensor, which opens the gates automatically as a car approaches, or a simple remote control used to signal operation. Slide gates can be used alone, or as a pair, and may include locks to keep people out as needed. A simple mechanical padlock can deter thieves, while electronic locks maximize convenience for users who open the gates more frequently.

Slide gates are available in a wide number of styles and finishes to suit the needs of any application. Steel or iron gates often consist of interlocking metal rods, which provide a high level of security. This open design may not be appropriate for those looking to maximize privacy however. Wooden or composite gates create a more rustic, traditional look, and can be painted or stained to complement the overall design of the home. Wood slide gates are available in solid-paneled models as well as open designs that mimic the look of cross-railed fences.

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    • Padlocks may be used to secure gates.
      By: VRD
      Padlocks may be used to secure gates.