Believe it or not, there are various different types of driveway gates that you can have installed in your driveway, and often when someone first decides to insert a driveway gate, especially an automated one, the different types, styles, and materials can all seem a bit daunting and confusing to say the least!
So, to help you design the best driveway gate for you, we’ve broken the various types of automated driveway gate down to help give you a bit more information about this new topic and what choices would work for you.
> Slide Gates
Slide gates will either slide on wheels from left to right, or from right to left depending on your preference, and in order to install a slide gate you must have more than a driveway sized space to either the left or the right of where you would like your gate to be situated to accommodate the gate. Although not ideal for those who don’t have lots of space, there are a few different types of slide gate which we will discuss next.
V Track Slide – this is the most popular type of slide gate as they are very reliable, however, they are not a great option if you have a lot of snow or ice build-up.
Rear Pipe – this gate works by using two wheels mounted on the end of the gate which is mounted to fence panels. The front of the gate usually has a wheel carriage that houses one rubber wheel and one V track wheel.
Cantilever – perfect for places with lots of snow and ice, cantilever gates don’t have wheels that touch the ground, and instead, have wheels which are in a vertical post. The gate fits in between the wheels allowing it to roll back and forward in the middle. The downside to cantilever gates is that they must be 150% longer than the driveway so they take up a lot of space.
> Swing Gates
Much like a normal household door, swing gates simply open inwardly or outwardly but must be set back from the street or footpath so as not to hit anyone or anything passing by. There are two main types of swing gates for you to consider, a single swing which is like your bedroom door; or double swing which opens like French doors. Swing doors should be fitted on flat driveways and should be kept under 16’ wide, however, if you live on a hill, then you can consider an uphill swing gate to accommodate for the slope.
> Vertical Pivot Gates and Vertical Lift Gates
If space is an issue, then vertical pivot gates and vertical lift gates can help solve your problem because instead of moving sideways, the
gate is automated to rise vertically into the air.
For pivot gates, the side of the gate is tilted so that it points towards the sky, whereas with a lift gate the whole gate is lifted straight up into the air. Although usually reserved for industrial uses if you’ve got the money and the inclination, vertical gates can really work for you.