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Different types of security gates

Security gates can be very beneficial to protecting your home. Not only do security gates act as a physical barrier against potential intruders, but they are also a deterrent. It is often the case that burglars scout out homes with easy access, by installing security gates you are denying them of this opportunity. Whilst there are many benefits to security gates, it can often be challenging to know which are the most suitable for your property. By exploring several different types of security gates, this article aims to help you decide which type is best for you.

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Manual vs Automatic gates

Automatic gates are becoming increasingly the more popular option of these two. This is because automatic gates are more convenient. Automatic gates allow you to open and close the gate at the push of a button, meaning security is optimised as you need not leave the comfort of your property or car to open them. For this reason, they are also preferable in poor weather conditions as unlike manual gates, you don’t need to expose yourself to the rain or snow to access your property. It is in conditions such as these that manual gates are often left open, meaning they are not serving their purpose. However, manual gates are still available and are a cheaper alternative to automatic gates.


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Slide gates vs Swing gates

Slide gates slide, usually on wheels, from left to right or right to left. On the other hand, swing gates swing backwards much like a house door. It is usually the case that the amount of space in your driveway is what determines which of the two you will opt for. Slide gates are preferable when there is limited space in the driveway, in or around the gate. However, whilst they save on space, slide gates tend to be harder to maintain and noisier than swing gates. Swing gates are installed in driveways where space is not as much of an issue. They tend to be preferred. However, sliding gates are often thought to be more secure as unlike swing gates, they are not vulnerable to ramming. They therefore may offer your property the most protection.

Vertical pivot gates

Vertical pivot gates are less common than swing and slide gates. Having said this, they are often chosen when neither swing nor slide gates are suitable for the property and when barrier gates do not provide enough security. These gates tend to be quite expensive but are arguably also the most secure option.

Barrier gates

Barrier gates are most commonly seen in front of commercial properties, parking garages or toll booths. They work by lifting to allow an authorised car through and declining again to stop the next car from entering. They are most appropriate for controlling traffic but are not ideal for security or particularly aesthetically pleasing.

Single vs double gates

Single gates are usually more suitable for residential properties where space may be more limited. Whereas double gates are more commonly seen in areas that feature larger homes and where there is more space available, such as properties in the countryside.


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