Sliding Gates vs. Swing Gates – Which is best for you?

Among the vast selection available, there are two types of automatic gates that remain the most sought after: sliding gates or swing gates.

Both options have their own set of advantages and disadvantages and choosing the right system will be determined by a few different factors. In this blog we have detailed everything you need to know about each system in order to help you determine which is best for you.

It is becoming increasingly common for homeowners to install driveway gates at the entrance to their property and there are several benefits to doing so. Not only will automatic gates instantly enhance your security, but it will also protect your privacy and increase the value of your property. Thankfully, there is a huge range of different driveway gates to choose from which makes it easy to find something that meets your requirements whatever they may be.

What are Sliding Gates?

Sliding gates are self-explanatory and when opening or closing, they will slide side to side. When installing sliding driveway gates, you have the option of the gate splitting in the middle and the two parts sliding in opposite directions or it can all slide in one direction. You will be able to decide which is best for your property.


Advantages of Sliding Gates

One of the biggest benefits of automatic sliding gates is that they take up much less space when opening, making them perfect for short drives. Because they slide sideways along the fence line of boundary wall, you will have more room on your drive for vehicles. Sliding gates are very reliable and have long trouble-free lifespans.

  • A wide swinging mechanism may not be ideal if you’re short on space, whether due to the size and design of your driveway or other obstacles e.g., trees, bushes. That’s where sliding gates can be a godsend, allowing you to enjoy the elegance and security of a gate while not requiring a wide arc’s worth of space to open.
  • If your property is on a slope, sliding gates may last longer than swing gates. That is because swing gates must bear their own load on a slope every time they open, and also in windy conditions – potentially wearing them out faster. Sliding gates will. Bypass this issue, due to their compact side-to-side opening mechanism.
  • Like all gates, sliding gates offer durability, strength and security to any property – along with an elegant touch for a household, thanks to a variety of customisable designs on offer.


Disadvantages of Sliding Gates

This is a relatively short list as sliding gates are reliable, very secure and hassle free. Most sliding gates require a ground beam to locate the wheels. Care must be taken to ensure this is installed properly. In addition, care must be given to the design to ensure the sliding gate doesn’t look too “commercial.”

Of course, you will also need to have enough space to the side of the gate for it to be able to slide open sideways. Often, you need to have a little over the width of the gate again, so they do require more space width wise. We need to ensure that additional safety measures are in place to ensure safe operation.

What are Swinging Gates?

As the name suggest, swinging gates will swing open and closed. Again, the gate can be split in the middle and the two parts will swing apart from one another of the whole gate can swing together in one direction. When opting for swinging gates, you can decide whether you’d like them to swing inwards or outwards too. Gates that swing inside the property are recommended.


Advantages of Swing Gates

Swing gates are the most popular option, and you find them everywhere. For the most part, all swing gates can be automated and have a host of control methods. Swing gates are also straightforward to install and tend to be slightly more affordable than their sliding counterpart.

  • Thanks to their more straightforward construction, they generally cost less than sliding gates, though this largely depends on the size, style, and material of the gate in question.
  • They are noted for a smooth, quiet opening. This is desirable, especially if you live in a residential area.
  • Commonly, swing gates require less maintenance than sliding gates, though is dependent on other factors too, such as selected material type. Generally, as they are constructed from fewer moving parts, any repair jobs tend to be more straightforward.


Disadvantages of Swing Gates

Swinging gates obviously need space for them to swing open, so bear this in mind if you have a short drive. As you can imagine, the swing area needs to be reasonably level, or slope away from the pillars.

When compared to sliding gates, this type of gate will also be more affected by wind. Safety is always top priority, so we need to match the opening/closing forces

Electric Gate Kits

There are electric gate kits and electric sliding gate kits available to suit all requirements and, once you’ve chosen whether you want a swing or a sliding gate the next step is choosing the best electric gate kit to suit your needs.

Electric gate kits include the key products to automate your gates including the electric gate motors, safety photocells, transmitters and a receiver so you can open and close the gate.

CM Gates & Barriers are proud to partner with Roger Technology for all our gate automation needs and will most likely be used for any installation that you choose to do through us. We have a long-standing partnership with RT so you can rest easy knowing that your installation will be completed to the highest of standards.


Gate Installation

Overall, it is fair to say that both sliding gates and swinging gates are a brilliant choice and when properly designed they both work well at the entrance to a driveway. Hopefully, the information above will be beneficial when you’re trying to choose between the two and now that you’re aware of the pros and cons to both options, you should find it slightly easier to decide which is most suitable for your own home. Often the deciding factor will be the shape and size of your driveway.

When you are ready to take the next step be sure to contact CM Gates & Barriers. We specialise in the installation, automation, and general maintenance and repairs of all automated gate systems.


Gate Safety

Please note that safety is our top priority so we will always ensure that additional safety measures/additions are put in place alongside your new gate system. Once you have decided upon the right system to meet your needs we will advise on which safety features are essential to ensure that the installation, automation, and overall operation meet all safety standards and legislation.