Posted on: 26 July 2017Share
The choice of gate design has come a long way. For instance, nowadays property owners are not restricted to swinging gates, which have been the norm for the longest time. Sliding gates are a modern type that offers security to your property and add aesthetic value to your home at the same time. However, safety and beauty are not the only reasons why you should consider sliding gates.
One thing about swinging gates is that they take up a lot of space when open. Therefore, they can be a problem if you own a small piece of property. Installing a swinging gate forces you to make numerous considerations when designing your property. For example, if your main house is close to the gate, it will be difficult for the gate to open fully. Alternatively, you would have to give up space that could have been used for something else. However, installing a sliding gate eliminates this headache. Since the gate slides along the face of your fence, you do not have to worry about putting up a structure close to the entrance. As such, it is hard for an obstacle in your compound to prevent the gate from opening.
When you have a swinging gate, even if it is automated, you have to wait until the gate opens fully before you can drive in. The gate inconveniences homeowners because you have to initiate the opening mechanism of a swinging gate quite a distance away from the entrance. Therefore, a swinging gate compromises your security because thugs could gain access to your compound long before you get in. On the other hand, an automated sliding gate is much more convenient. That is, once there is enough opening to drive through, you can initiate the closing mechanism immediately. The window period for uninvited guests to gain access to your home is reduced considerably in sliding gates.
Can be Installed on Steep Driveways
The slope of your driveway might not seem like a big deal, but it is when installing a gate. In case your property has an upward slope at the entrance, a swinging gate will open inwards because of gravity. On a downward slope, your swinging door will open outwards for the same reason. In both cases, you have no control on how the gate opens. However, with a sliding gate, you do not have to worry about the direction of opening or closing since the gate slides perpendicular to a slope.