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Your gate secures your property and keeps the rest of the world at bay, giving you as much privacy as you want inside your home. Especially when it comes to automated gates, the added convenience of not having to manually open and close them just makes the experience even better. This is why at Oxley Gates, we give you a range of options that would fit your needs the most, making your gate not only visually appealing but amazingly functional and convenient as well.
The name itself tells you that sliding gates would require a gate to slide either to the left or to the right when it opens and closes. Of course, this type of gate would also require a lot of space, considering that the area where the gate would slide into would have to accommodate its entire width.
There are 2 different kinds of sliding gates, each with their own pros and cons.
Tracked sliding gates
Cantilever sliding gates
Tracked sliding gates run on a conventional track in the ground on which the gate rolls. This track is twice the length of the gate opening and must be level and even. This system is more suited to domestic gates as the gate only needs to be slightly wider than the opening and therefore is more visually appealing.
Cantilever gates have fixed rollers bolted to a concrete pad to one side of the gate opening, the gate sits on a channel which slides on these rollers and ‘hovers’ over the gate opening ‘cantilevers’. The big advantage of a cantilever gate is the ground does not have to be even or level even, very useful for commercial premises with the added advantage there isn’t a floor track for heavy vehicles to damage. The disadvantage is the cantilever system requires the gate to be approximately 1.5 times the gate opening width.
Ask any of the experts at Oxley which system would fit your needs the best.
Swing Hinged Gates
Working like regular doors that swing either inwards or outwards, swing gates have area requirements as well. If swinging outward, one would have to consider the amount of space between the gate and any cars or pedestrians that might be passing by to avoid accidents. As for inward-swinging gates, the entire area that would be used as the gates go in would also have to be taken into consideration.
You can opt for either single swing gates or double swing gates. Of course, double swing gates are more visually appealing. If the driveway has an incline, uphill swing gates would have to consider the degree by which the driveway rises so that the bottom of the gate does not scrape the drive.
If you need something simply for traffic or vehicle control, then automatic barriers are the best solution.
Perfect for business establishments, parking garages, or toll booths, it effectively allows you to only let a few vehicles pass at a single time. Of course, this is not exactly the solution if you’re looking for something visually appealing, as it only an aluminium bar swinging up or down as needed. It could be the answer, however, if you’re looking for a cost-effective option that would effectively control the flow of traffic in and out of your property.