Purchasing or having a driveway gate system installed on your property is generally a once or maybe twice in a lifetime event for most people, yet a lot of people are under the assumption that it’s a pretty simple and straight forward process.  It can be occasionally, however after many years in the industry I can tell you that not a week goes past without seeing something new, something bewildering or being presented with a new challenge to overcome.  So lets start from the start and cover off on some of the major considerations you will need to take into account before deciding what the best gate system is for your home.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE GATE?

One of the first questions I ask is, “What is the main reason you are having a gate installed”.

  1. Do you want a gate for security to provide you and your family with peace of mind and added protection?
  2. Do you want a gate to keep children and/or pets in?
  3. Do you want a gate that simply looks great?

And the answer to the above will start us heading toward choosing the best gate system for you.

TYPES OF DRIVEWAY GATE SYSTEMS –

PRO AND CONS

SINGLE SLIDING GATE SYSTEM

Single Sliding Gate System

Single Sliding Gate System

As the name suggest this style of gate slides across the driveway (actually rolls on wheels on top of a ground mounted track) and moves off to the side of the driveway when opened.  This is mechanically the simplest of the driveway gate systems and by far the most common gate system you will see.

PROS

Simple structural design.  Because the gate rolls on a track this provides for a stable and reliable system.

CONS

Requires sufficient clear space to the side of the driveway to allow the gate to open.

Requires the track system to extend across the driveway as well as the side so concreting and site preparation works can be higher.

Requires suitable driveway surface to securely mount the track (generally concrete).

Low security rating during operation and medium security rating when closed and fitted with a suitable overhead gate receiver.

DUAL SLIDING GATE SYSTEM

Dual Cantilever Electric Sliding Gate

Dual Electric Sliding Gate

A dual gate system is simply two single sliding gates that close into each other.  That is, they part in the middle with one half opening to the left hand side and the other half opening to the right hand side.

PROS

Simple structural design.  Because the gate rolls on a track this provides for a stable and reliable system.

CONS

Requires sufficient clear space to both sides of the driveway to allow the gates to open.

Requires the track system to extend across the driveway as well as the sides so concreting and site preparation works can be higher.

Requires suitable driveway surface to securely mount the track (generally concrete).

Low security rating due to the fact that as the gates meet in the middle they can be lifted off the track with little effort.

CANTILEVER GATE SYSTEM

Cantilever Sliding Gate System Gold Coast

Cantilever Sliding Gate System

A cantilever gate system is a sliding gate that is mounted and runs on a specifically designed track and trolley system.  The gate is cantilevered across the opening effectively floating across the driveway.

PROS

Mechanically simple quite simple.  Because the gate rolls on an enclosed track system this provides for a very stable and reliable system.

High security rating.  As the steel gate track is wrapped around the ground mounted trolleys once the gate is installed it cannot be lifted off the track in the open or closed position.

Does not rely on the driveway surface hence, can be a suitable solution for gravel and asphalt driveways.

CONS

Requires larger clear space to the side of the driveway as the gate needs to be larger to allow for the cantilever requirements.

Requires specialist hardware that can add cost to the system.

TELESCOPIC GATE SYSTEM

Telescopic Gate System

Telescopic Gate System

Telescopic gate systems can be best described as being like a set of cascading wardrobe doors.  The gate leaf’s are made in sections and joined with purpose made pulleys and hardware that allows them to move together.  Telescopic gates do not need as much room to the side of the driveway as a single sliding or cantilever gates.

PROS

Because the gate rolls on a track this provides for a stable and reliable system.

Requires only approximately half of the driveway opening width to the side of the driveway hence, can be less demanding site preparation.

CONS

Requires very consistent level ground.

Requires a separate track system for each gate leaf.

Low security rating during operation and medium security rating when closed and fitted with a suitable overhead gate receiver

SWING GATE SYSTEM

Dual Swing Gate System

Dual Swing Gate System

Swing gates are the ideal solution for areas with limited space to the side of the driveway or where the driveway surface is unsuitable for a track mounted sliding gate system. Although swing gates do not need any room to the side of the driveway to operate they do require clear space in the direction of the swing arch (generally inwards to the property).

PROS

Does not need any clear space to the side of the driveway.

Does not rely on the driveway surface so therefore, suitable for gravel and asphalt driveways.

CONS

Requires structurally suitable mounting posts or pillars.

Requires clear space in the direction of swing.

Low security rating during operation and medium security rating when closed and fitted with a suitable electric or magnetic lock system.

BiFold Swing Gate

BiFold Swing Gate

BI FOLD SWING GATE SYSTEM

Bi-Fold gate systems operate in a similar fashion to the bi-fold doors we have come accustomed to.  Hinged from a post of pillar, the gate leaves are made in two sections and also hinged in the middle allowing the gate to open in approximately half the required space needed for a single swing gate system.

PROS

Does not need any clear space to the side of the driveway.

Does not rely on the driveway surface so therefore, suitable for gravel and asphalt driveways.

CONS

Requires structurally suitable mounting posts or pillars.

Requires clear space in the direction of swing.

Medium security rating during operation and high security rating when closed and fitted with a suitable electric lock system.

 

Conclusion

So as you can see the best gate system for you is dependant upon the outcome you are aiming to achieve combined with any limitations of your site.

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