Basics of Automatic Sliding Gates

Its easy to get intimidated by all the lingo when you start your research in getting a gate installed on your property.

Depending on your level of craftsmanship and handiness, you may feel well out of your depth. And it doesn’t help when you’ve got so many options available. Especially these days where design and aesthetics have played more of a role in the development of home gating.

Also it doesn’t help when you have little to zero idea of what the names are for the concepts that you have in your head. Not only does it thwart your communication with the contractor but it could lead you to paying more than what you really needed to.

This short blog aims to provide you with a basic understanding of the basics of slide gates and in this edition we will start with:


The first kind of Slide gates are automatic slide gates. Basically they have wheels on either side and can be moved from left to right or vice versa.

Automatic slide gates are no for everyone as you need enough space equal to the width of your driveway on one of either sides for the gate to be moved.

Automatic slide gates have further types like a “gate-ception” lol. They are as follows:

v-track slide gate
V-Track Slide
– This is the most common kind of sliding gate and its because they happen to be the most reliable as well. The only disadvantage they have, which is quite a big one, is that if you live in one of those “all-season” countries where it snows and falls, then you probably want to stay clear from the V-Track because the track itself needs to be kept clear from debris in order to work properly.

pipe track sliding gate
Rear Pipe Track Slide
– You will see the rear pipe track sliding gate on chin-link type gates from the low-end of the gate hierarchy. What you will typically see on rear pipe track’s is that they have two little wheels that are located at the back end of the gate. These two wheels sit on pipes mounted to the fence’s panels. On the other side, you will see a carriage assembled from a rubber wheel and a track-wheel like the ones you’ll see on the V-Track slide.

Cantilever Slide Gates
– Now we mentioned above for V-track slides that they don’t suit in all-terrain conditions. Luckily, the Cantilever Sliding gate was designed especially for homes situated amongst lots of snow or ice. It doesn’t use wheels, as a result, the gate won’t be phased by debris.

The wheels are actually on a vertical post on one side of the gate. The gate moves between these wheels. There are three types of Cantilever gates:

Full Cantilever gates
Top hang Cantilever gates
Bottom track cantilever gates

The main disadvantage for these kinds of gates is that they need lots more space to slide that the aforementioned gates.

Stay tuned for more types of fences! We will address the following in upcoming blog posts”
– Swing Gates
– Barrier Gates
– Vertical Pivot Gates
– And Vertical Lift Gates

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