7 Different Types of Gates - Which Should You Choose?

26 October 2016

Choosing a new gate for your home, commercial or industrial property isn’t as simple as picking the design that you like the most - there are a whole lot of things that need to be taken into consideration before making a final decision.  Security, aesthetics, functionality, safety, space limitations, cost and operation (manual or electric) are all factors to think about when choosing a gate. 

With so many different types of gate available, let’s look at some of the options and discuss the various applications for each of the configurations.  As with any gate however, the direction of the gate opening/closing is important and you should always check that it won’t impact on pedestrian or road traffic and compromise anyone’s safety.

Swing gates

Swing gates come as either single or double gates and can be manual or automated.   If you’re after an automated gate and have a relatively narrow access point, then a single swing gate can be a cost-effective option as it only requires one motor.  Double swing gates are ideal for wider openings plus they can be custom-made to suit specific site conditions, with an example being where the leaves are manufactured in different sizes or shapes to suit an awkward opening.

Bifold gates

In situations where there isn’t sufficient space for a traditional swing gate, a manual bifold gate offers an ideal solution. 

Standard sliding gates

This type of gate is ideal for sites where there’s insufficient depth for a protruding swing gate.  They can be made to fit even a very wide opening - as much as 12m wide - and can be automated or manual.

Tandem gates

If your driveway opening is to one side and you don’t have enough room for a larger standard sliding gate, you have the option of tandem gates which run on a double track and slide back in parallel. 

Double sliding gate

These are the ideal solution where the gates have a middle opening.  Both gates slide back along opposite sides of the perimeter fence/wall.

Tapered gates

If your driveway is on a slope, it’s still possible to have an electric or manual gate which ticks all the boxes in terms of functionality, aesthetics, security and performance.  All it takes is an experienced gate manufacturer who can design and make a tapered gate to accommodate the slope of the ground across the opening.

Top hung gates

This design is ideal for undercroft carparks where there is restricted entry/exit space.  The gates open vertically, offering a practical and effective security solution.

Cantilevered gates

These don’t need an in-ground track across the driveway opening so they can be installed without disturbing the driveway.  The cantilever design can accommodate a hump or dip in the driveway contours and it means the gates cannot be lifted off the tracks which can be an advantage from a security perspective.


If you need professional advice on how to choose the best gate for your unique situation, contact the professionals in gates and fencing in Perth, Secure-A-Fence on 08 9377 1917.  They have years of experience designing and manufacturing quality, cost-effective fences and gates in Perth using the latest technologies and a wide range of materials, colours and finishes.  Alternatively, visit their website, to see examples of their extensive range of pool fencing, stainless steel, steel or aluminium tubular fencing and their manual and electric gates which can provide the perfect finishing touch to your home or business.