The majority of gates that we install are swing gates; A traditional opening whereby the gates are hinged to one side and open around this pivot point, usually into the property.
This type of gate is ideal for people with ample room on their property for the gate wings to swing into.
Swing gates are less expensive to install and generally look better than sliding gates. Swing gates are also considered safer because there is less risk from shearing or crushing than heavier sliding gates.
Swing gates are also easier to open manually than their sliding cousins.
It is possible to have a single swinging gate or a pair of swinging gates (Like French doors) depending on the size of your opening. Single gates are the more economical option but would be unsuitable for openings over about 12 feet (3.65m) wide.
Opening your gates into your property will always be the most desirable choice, however some circumstances may make it possible, or necessary to open the gates outwards. Opening gates out of the property can free up parking space but you are restricted from opening your gates onto a public highway.
Swing gates cannot be fitted onto a driveway if it is on an upward incline because the gate would be prevented from opening by the higher ground behind.
Gates can be mounted with a gap beneath to avoid slight inclines but anything over 25cm looks unsightly and may compromise your security. Again if you have enough room, gates could open outwards avoiding any inclines.
Should a swinging gate not be suitable for your property, you may find sliding gates a suitable alternative. Sliding gates can help avoid inclines and offer access to properties with restricted space.
A short visit to your property should allow us to advise you on your requirements and what gate type will best suit your driveway.