Common Gate Types to Choose From

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The three most common types of gates are swinging, sliding, and bi-folding

When it comes to choosing a gate for your home or business, there are a variety of factors to consider. First, you need to decide what type of gate will best suit your needs. The three most common types of gates are swinging, sliding, and bi-folding. Swinging gates are generally the most affordable option, but they can be difficult to open and close if there is not enough space. Sliding gates are a good choice for narrower openings, but they require more maintenance than other types of gates. Bi-folding gates are the most expensive option, but they offer the highest level of security and are the easiest to operate.

Once you have decided on the type of gate that you want, you need to choose the material. The most common materials used for gates are wood, metal, and vinyl. Wood is the most affordable material, but it requires regular maintenance to keep it looking its best. Metal is more durable than wood, but there’s the threat of rust if left without maintenance. Vinyl is generally a durable and low-maintenance option, made out of modern PVC.

Finally, you need to decide on the finish that you want for your gate. The most common finishes are paint and stain. Paint provides a more uniform look, but it can chip over time. Stain allows the natural beauty of a wood grain to show through, but it requires more frequent reapplication to maintain its appearance.


Swinging gates are the most common type of gate, and can be made from all of the most common material types, wood, vinyl and metal. They are hung on hinges, and can either swing open in both directions, or be configured to swing in only one direction. Because they are hung on hinges, swinging gates require clearance to open and close properly – this is typically at least two feet on either side of the gate. In addition, swinging gates can be vulnerable to high winds, and may need to be secured with a latch or chain in windy conditions. However, they are generally easy to install and operate, making them a popular choice for both residential and commercial properties.

Sliding gates are typically used when there is not enough room for a swinging gate

Sliding gates are a great option when you need to save space. They can be made from wood, metal, or any other material that swinging gates can be made from, so you don’t have to sacrifice style for function. Sliding gates open by moving along a track, so they don’t need any extra room to swing open. This makes them ideal for areas where space is limited, such as driveways. Another benefit of sliding gates is that they can be automated, so you don’t have to get out of your car to open them. Whether you’re looking for a space-saving solution or just want the convenience of an automated gate, sliding gates make life easier when you’re on the go frequently.


Bi-folding gates offer many of the same advantages as sliding gates, but with a few key differences. Like sliding gates, bi-folding gates are usually made of metal or wood and can be used to secure a variety of spaces, from driveways to commercial parking lots. However, instead of moving sideways, bi-folding gates fold in the middle, allowing them to be opened and closed with ease. This makes them ideal for locations where space is limited, such as narrow driveways. In addition, bi-folding gates often have a more pleasing aesthetic than sliding gates, making them a popular choice for both residential and commercial properties.

Gates can also be classified by their opening mechanism – manual or automatic

Gates can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and even concrete. They can also be classified by their opening mechanism – manual or automatic. Automatic gates are typically powered by an electric motor, while manual gates must be opened by hand. Gates can also be customized to suit the specific needs of a property. For example, security gates are often equipped with special features like keypads or fingerprint scanners. Gate installation is a complex process that requires the skills of a trained professional. Once installed, however, gates can provide many years of reliable service.

Automatic gates open and close  using a sensor or remote control

When it comes to gates, there are two main types: manual and automatic. As the name suggests, manual gates must be opened and closed by hand, while automatic gates use a sensor or remote control to open and close automatically. There are pros and cons to both types of gates. Manual gates tend to be more affordable, but they can be inconvenient if you have your hands full or if the gate is located in a difficult-to-reach area. Automatic gates, on the other hand, are more expensive but offer greater convenience. In addition, automatic gates can provide a sense of security, as they can be equipped with features such as motion sensors and CCTV cameras. Ultimately, the type of gate that is right for you will depends on your needs and preferences, and what kind of establishment you need enclosed.

Now that you know the different types of gates and their opening mechanisms, it’s important to choose the right gate for your property. Keep in mind the size of your gate, the materials it will be made from, and whether you want a manual or automatic gate. If you have any questions about which type of gate is best for your needs, contact us today and we’d be happy to help.