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The advantages of installing automated sliding gates over swing gates

  • 31 Mar 2016

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When it comes to installing automated gates on a property, a number of factors have to be taken into consideration in order for you to find the best solution for your client.

In addition to enhancing the aesthetics of your clients home or company exterior areas, automated gates also provide better security than manually operated ones.

These considerations are what will influence the type of automated gates you choose to install, but so does the layout of the landscape and other factors that give you the option of using either the sliding or swing variety of gates.

In this post we’ll take a look at the advantages of installing automated sliding gates and why they may be the best option when it comes to securing your property. There are instances where the choice of either sliding or swing gates are both viable options and below is a look at why it is better to go for the former.

A Smaller Footprint

Automated gates provide property owners with better security over manual ones for a number of reasons; there is no need to get out of a vehicle when entering a property, for example, and an automated gate system keeps the gate securely shut. When the consideration comes to choosing which type of automated gate to install, one of the advantages of sliding ones is that they have a smaller footprint and require less space to operate. If you are unsure, you can enlist the help of an expert: for example, Portcullis is a company that specialises in sliding gates and would be able to help with advice if you were considering installing sliding gates.

Because swing gates have to open outwards, the immediate vicinity of the gate has to be kept clear at all times in order for the barrier to open as it should. The issue with this is that there may be restrictions such as the landscape layout around your gate area, or how close your entrance is to the street. The way automated swing gates open means that they also cannot be installed in a sloped area, while sliding gates offer more flexibility and will take up less space into, or outside of the property.

Better Efficiency and Safety 

Another advantage that automated sliding gates have over swing ones is that they are more efficient and safer to use as well. Most swing gates will invariably use more power compared to the simple sliding motion required by their rivals, and although sliding gates require their tracks to be kept clean at all times, the mechanism is usually installed next to a property’s boundary where there is minimal contact.

In terms of safety, this is simply a consideration on how an opening swing gate may be miscalculated by new visitors which may end up with damaged cars or injury if people or vehicles stand too close while it opens. On the other hand, the motion of automated sliding gates makes it easy to see its progress and gauge when it is safe to enter or exit.

Conclusion

While some property owners may choose to install automated swing gates instead of sliding ones, there are times when that choice is not possible. As mentioned above, in that case the advantages of automated sliding gates make them the obvious choice for enhancing the security and look of your property.

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