What types of gates are there?
There are a variety of gates that are used for different applications:
Single swing: Commonly referred to as a “walk” gate, these gates can be constructed in widths from 3’ to 10’ depending on the material used and purpose of the gate. These gates can incorporate self closing and latching hardware for use around swimming pools.
Double Swing: The double swing gate incorporates two leaves to create a larger opening. Double swing gates can be constructed for chain link, PVC vinyl, wood and ornamental steel fences. Ornamental gates at a drive way entrance, frequently referred to as Estate Gates, can be used in conjunction with a motorized gate operator to control access to a property preventing unwanted intrusion. The motorized gates can be opened and closed by a number of means including keypads, card readers and garage door style transmitters. The gate can be configured to close automatically after a car enters the property and to open automatically when a car is leaving the property.
Cantilever Gates: This gate is commonly thought of as a “sliding” gate and is most common when a slide gate is requested. The gate itself does not touch the ground and is supported by rollers attached to two large posts. The gate will have a tail that is used to support the gate when it is in the open position that is approximately half of the length of the opening. It is important to ensure that adequate clearance is allowed so that the gate can open fully. Cantilever gates can be constructed with all types of fencing, but will require a steel frame for the either wood or vinyl styles.
Rolling Gates: A less common type of “sliding” gate is the rolling gate. Rolling gates require a wheel on the front of the gate and a pipe track to support the back end of the gate. They do not require a “tail” like the cantilever gate so that they can be used in situations where there is not room for the tail of a cantilever. Most applications where a “sliding” gate is needed will use a cantilever gate because the rolling gates are less secure and reliable than a cantilever gate.