Gate: a hinged barrier used to close an opening in a wall, fence, or hedge.
A simple definition, but while choosing a new gate, there are a whole lot of things that need to be taken into consideration. Security, aesthetics, functionality, safety, space limitations, cost and operation (manual or electric) are among the most important factors to be considered.
Here is a list of 8 different types of gates that will definitely help you choose the right one for your space.
1. Swing gates
The most common type of gate that we see, which is either manually operated or automated. It could be a single leaf opening or double leaf opening based on the gate span available. Generally, it can be customised to suit specific site conditions, where you may or may not follow symmetry in design.
2. Bifold gates
Also known as folding gate. This gate is used in situations where there isn’t sufficient space for a traditional swing gate. Here the folding mechanism offers an ideal solution for larger openings.
3. Standard sliding gates
This type of gate is ideal for sites where there is insufficient depth for a protruding swing gate. It can be customised to fit even a very wide opening as much as 12m wide. It can be automated or manual. Here, the only constraint is that, you will need an additional wall space parallel to the gate for it to slide through.
4. Tandem gates
If your driveway opening is to one side and you don’t have enough room for a larger standard sliding gate, you have the option of tandem gates which run on a double track and slide back in parallel. It eliminates the constraint of having a parallel wall as in the sliding gate.
5. Double sliding gate
This is an ideal solution where the gates have a middle opening. Both gates slide back along opposite sides of the perimeter fence/wall. This mechanism is commonly used in the Interiors, when two spaces are seperated with a door opening.
6. Tapered gates
If your driveway is on a slope, it’s still possible to have an electric or manual gate which ticks all the boxes in terms of functionality, aesthetics, security and performance.
7. Top hung gates
This design is ideal for basement carparks where there is restricted entry/exit space. The gates open vertically, offering a practical and effective security solution.
8. Cantilevered gates
These don’t need an in-ground track across the opening so they can be installed without disturbing the driveway. The cantilever design can accommodate a hump or dip in the driveway contours and it means the gates cannot be lifted off the tracks which can be an advantage from a security perspective.
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