Driveway gates are a dual purpose installation: firstly, they provide a great deal of added security to your home and prevent unwelcome guests from walking up your driveway, and secondly, they provide a unique aesthetic element to your driveway. There are several different variants of driveway gates, each of which has a distinct set of features associated with it. Understanding what each type of driveway gate has to offer your home can help you choose the one that best fits your needs.
Like their name would suggest, slide gates work by sliding to the side. They are best suited for homes which have a wide lot, as they require a great deal of space off to the side to operate. There are two main types of slide gates: V-track gates are the most affordable, but are not well suited for use in colder climates, as their wheels and track are located on the ground, and can be easily stuck shut or open by even moderate snowfall. Cantilever gates are able to operate in all weather conditions, and make use of a pair (or several pairs) of wheels located on a vertical pillar, with the gate itself between the wheels. The wheels will turn and pull or push the gate back and forth, and as such cannot be easily clogged by debris. However, as a result, cantilever slide gates require a larger housing than V-track gates, which makes them less than ideal for smaller homes.
Swing gates swing outwards instead of sliding to the side, and are ideal for driveways on narrower lots. They can either swing open from a set of hinges on the side, much like a normal door would, or split open in the middle. Single swing gates tend to be cheaper to install, but place more strain on the gate opener and will require more maintenance over time. Double swing gates tend to look more aesthetically pleasing and offer more design options as well as place less strain on their openers, but they also tend to be more expensive.
Pivot gates work by lifting the gate vertically upwards. They are ideal for homes that do not have either the width or length of a driveway for a sliding or swing gate, and provide a high degree of security as the gate itself has no weak points and is made out of a single solid piece of metal or wood. The main downside of having a pivot gate installed is that they tend to be more expensive than their counterparts because their opening mechanism is significantly more complicated.
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