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Advantages and Disadvantages of Sliding Gates

Are you in the process of buying a sliding gate and would like to know what things must be considered? Then take the time to learn the various advantages and disadvantages of sliding gates. By doing so, your ability to make an educated decision regarding if sliding gates are a great match for your home will be increased. With that thought in mind, here are the most common advantages and disadvantages of sliding gates:

Advantages of Sliding Gates

To find out why so many homeowners opt for sliding gates, check out the following points:

  • Little Space Required: with sliding gates, a small amount of space is required in front and behind the gate. That's because the gate will retract to the side of the gate, as opposed to a swinging gate that will swing inwards or outwards. This means you can have your gate located relatively close to the roadside without a problem.
  • No Damage to Bottom of Gate: due to that fact that sliding gates are positioned on wheels, you will not have the problem of gates getting damaged by either colliding with the ground, or objects that are on the ground. This in turn will reduce the number of instances where damage occurs and repairs have to be made.
  • Steep Slopes: if you have a steep driveway then a sliding gate is a perfect solution because it will not need to move against the steep gradient. On the other hand, with a swinging gate it can be a nightmare trying to engineering a solution where the gate can swing open in a way that does not collide with the ground

Disadvantages of Sliding Gates

For a balanced view of sliding gates you'll need to consider the disadvantages, and they are as follows:

  • Noise: in most cases, a sliding gates makes more noise than a swinging one simply because it has a higher number of moving parts. This cannot be avoided by increasing the rate of lubrication, or maintenance work.
  • Maintenance: the sliding gates will move along a track on wheels, and in order to ensure that the motion of the gate is not impeded regular maintenance will have to be carried out in order to clear the track of debris.
  • Higher Cost: sliding gates cost more than swinging gates to install because of the extra work that's required to setup the section to the side of the gate.

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