Helpful Facts about Sliding Gates11/04/2013 Back To Blog
Among the different gate types today, sliding gates are perhaps one of the most convenient, and most stylish. Sliding gates are as the name implies, gating variants that essentially slide. Let’s take a look at a few notable facts about this unique type of driveway gate opener.
Sliding Gates Move Along a Track
One of the main features of these fixtures is that they move along some form of a track. The rollers and tracks could either be one with a groove for which the wheels are attached or connected to the fence to slide within, and there are tracks that are elevated within a groove down the middle of the wheels. These tracks however, need to be constantly maintained, as they can get damaged or worn out over time. If not properly maintained, the sliding gate rollers or wheels could come off the track, and thus jam them.
Types of Sliding Gates
There are two main types: the manually operated and electric types. Let’s find out what differentiates the two types.
• In a manual sliding type, the person moving it will have to personally unlatch the fence from where it was secured or closed, and then push or slide it to a fully open position. When this type is newly-built, it can slide easily and effortlessly. However, as they get worn out over time, they could become tougher to slide, because dirt and other debris may already have accumulated in sliding gate wheels or tracks. Therefore, it would be important for owners to carefully clean the tracks and rollers, to ensure continuous optimal use.
• In electronic sliding types, the system is opened and closed using an electronic remote gate clicker, so that residents will not need to get off their vehicles once they’re trying to enter the driveway. The motors of an electric solid sliding gate also move the chain along another track which makes them open or close. Electric sliding gates are perfect for homes that are located on busy roads or streets, to allow for safer vehicle entry and exit.