You may be overwhelmed by the different kinds and brands of automatic gates on the market when you first decide to buy an automatic gate. This article discusses the most common kinds of automatic gates that you will find on the market. Use the information to decide which kind would be suitable for you basing on your unique circumstances.
These gates slide to the left or to the right once you enter a command on the gate opener to open. The main drawback with this kind of gate is that there has to be ample space on the side for that gate to slide to. For instance, if your driveway is 15 feet wide, you need at least 15 feet on one side of that driveway in order for the gate to slide open fully so that you can drive through. If you have limited space, consider buying another kind of gate.
This type of gate opens in just the same way as your front door, that is, by swinging outward or inward. These gates can be single or double swing automatic gates. Each has its own advantages. For instance, the double swing gate is visually appealing and allows for partial or total opening of the gate depending on how wide the vehicle is. A motorbike needs little space so only one side of the double swing gate can be opened to let it through, for example.
Vertical Pivot Automatic Gates
These gates are an answer to people who do not have ample space to install a slide gate. The vertical pivot gate pivots on the gatepost in order to be suspended in the air to allow a vehicle into the driveway. You can compare this pivoting to holding a sheet of plywood in your hand and then lifting that hand to create space underneath the plywood. Your shoulder, in this case, is the pivot for the "plywood gate".
Vertical Lift Automatic Gates
These are another option for people who have limited space and cannot install slide gates. The vertical lift automatic gate works by lifting straight up so that an incoming vehicle passes directly underneath the gate that is suspended in the air. This kind of gate is not common in domestic settings because of its high cost.
From the information above, you can now get an idea of what kind of gate would be suitable for you. Base on the ideas above to consider different brands of gates on the market before finally choosing the best. For more information on your options, consult suppliers like Consolidate Fencing And Gate Services.