Every fence needs a Slide Gate to cover the opening that allows you to enter the enclosure. Some of these items swing on hinges that are placed on the post that creates the framework for the opening. This is the most common type of gated opening on fences placed around homes, and privacy fences, and some commercial ones as well. There is an alternative to the swinging versions in the Slide Gate.
Slide Gate require less room for you to open them than the swinging ones do. A swinging version will require you to leave enough space in front of and behind the panel for it to swing open. It will swing out the same amount that it is long so you must mark out how much property you need to reserve for this.
In areas where the space is limited this can be quite inconvenient. Slide Gate slides beside the fence that is there so it only requires a few inches more of space to allow a clearance between the enclosure materials and the sliding gates.
Slide Gate often become warped and drag across the ground when you are attempting to open them. This is especially true if someone plays on the item and rides it while it is being swung to and fro. Slide Gate have wheels on the bottom touching the ground so they cannot be warped as easily as the swinger. Most people do not want to try and ride on the slider like they do on the swinging version.
Manual Sliding Gate
For a manual gate to operate a person needs to be present to unlatch the gate and slide it across the track until its fully open. When it is moving along the wheel track it is important to make sure the track is free from dirt, objects and debris as this will inhibit it from working correctly.
Electric Sliding Gate
Electric Slide Gate are more commonly seen on business premises and more importantly homes. With the aid of a remote control device or fob the electric barrier will move backwards and forwards to allow the person to access and exit a particular premise with ease. Electric gates allow the person to gain entry without exiting their vehicle and are regarded as highly secure.
If you have security issues on the property that is being protected by the fencing then the slider will provide you with a greater amount of security than the traditional version. This is in part due to the way that they are attached to the material enclosing the area. The traditional versions of these items are attached by hinges on a post. People can either remove the hinge pins that are securing the panel to the hinge, or they can unscrew the entire hinge and swing the panel open enough to enter. The sliders are not attached in this manner and are more difficult to remove.
They are also easier to slide open a small amount for a person to enter without letting an animal gets out. So enclosures with guard dogs benefit from having these items installed rather than the traditional swinging panel.
Most high security areas have this version of Slide Gate rather than the traditional swinging version, but most home fences around yards, gardens, and pastures, have the traditional style. This all has to do with security measures and cost of installation. Installing the Slide Gate can be slightly more expensive than installing the traditional style. Maintenance on both of these items is basically equal in difficulty. Asking the people at your fencing supply store for advice will help you to choose the right version for your Slide Gate needs.
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