To slide or to swing – that is the question. There are pros and cons to each of these types of gates when using them at your home.
As a quick review, both types of gates do the obvious. Slide gates slide in and out, hiding alongside your face when open, while swing gates swing open and closed in a wide half-circle.
Here’s what’s so great about swing gates:
Less repairs/maintenance – They have fewer moving parts than slide gates, which means less opportunity for wear and tear and breakdown. Slide gates have a track they slide on that must be kept free of debris 100% of the time – or they may derail and stop sliding.
Quieter – Not that you ever have to listen to your gate for very long, but when you do, swing gates are much quieter when opening and closing.
More pleasing to look at – Slide gates have to slide so far they can be kind of an eye sore at times. And when most people think of gorgeous gates that protect properties, they usually think of swinging gates.
In most cases, residential customers choose swing gates. They offer so many more advantages than sliding gates.
But, swing gates aren’t always possible. Here are 2 situations where that happens:
You have landscaping of some sort blocking where swing gates would open up into. That could be some rocks, trees, or other landscaping. There’s a huge upward slope going into your driveway. You could still install a swing gate in this case, but it would have to open up toward your car as you enter your driveway if you do.
However, slide gates can work:
Better than swing gates in very tight/compact spaces where swinging isn’t possible If you’re afraid your visitors will misjudge the distance your swing gates open and that they might accidentally hit them.
We can’t tell you what to decide, but it’s you that ends up making the choice. But now, at least you know the ins and outs so you can make the best decision for you and your home.