Cantilevered or Tracked – Which solution do I need?
Both options have their advantages, but the choice will depend on your specific project requirements. To help you decide, we’ve included more information about each configuration below.
Cantilever gates don’t require a track to run on as they are counterbalanced and feature two sets of rollers that are connected to the bottom of the sliding gate between two vertical steel posts. Cantilever sliding gates are suitable for high frequency use and are often the preferred choice in many commercial and industrial premises.
The main advantages of cantilever gates are:
- They are a suitable choice for installation on uneven ground
- Less noise when in operation
- Easier installation as no groundworks is required
- Easier to maintain as the track doesn’t have to be kept free of debris or oiled to ensure smooth operation
Tracked sliding gates require a track across the gate opening for the gate to run on. Wheels are installed at the bottom of the gate to allow it to run smoothly back and forth along the track. It is essential that the track remains well oiled and free from debris in order to operate correctly.
The main advantages of tracked gates are:
- Tracked gates can be used for larger openings
- Simpler mechanism which is less likely to need mechnical repairs
- Cheaper to manufacture
Whilst there are a number of advantages with both configurations, Tracked gates to require more maintenance and aren’t suitable for uneven ground, which may limit the option, depending on the requirements of your premises.
Why choose a sliding gate over a swing gate?
Both are perfectly suitable but there may be times when a sliding gate is more appropriate for your premises. We highlight the advantages of sliding gates below.
Higher Level of Security
Sliding gates are less vulnerable to attacks than swing gates as there is reduced access to the gates weakest points (which is usually the hinges) and are generally much harder to open with force.
One of the biggest advantages over swinging gates is the amount of space you can save. Swing gates require a larger area for the gate to swing open, where as sliding gates just require a track across the opening in order for the gate to operate.
Sliding gates can be used in a wider variety of environments, especially where the road surface is raised. Swing gates aren’t suitable for raised surfaces as the gate can damage the surface on the incline and in some cases, might not open fully.
On uneven surfaces, a cantilevered sliding gate is the more suitable choice and in certain circumstances, may be the only option.
Suitable for Wider Openings
Sliding gates can be more efficient for wider openings as only one sliding gate is required compared with a set of double swing gates, saving both space and cost.
Whilst there are many advantages to using a sliding gate, there may be some instances where a sliding gate isn’t appropriate. Sliding gates need a suitable run-back area for the gate to be able to open fully so depending on what space is available, a sliding gate might not be an option.
For larger openings, a track is needed which requires regular maintenance to keep the gate operating correctly, so on-going maintenance costs should be factored into your decision.