Different Types Of Automatic Gates And How They Open

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

If you are installing a new electric gate, you will have many types to choose from. This can be difficult to do if you do not know very much about gate systems. Below is an explanation of some of the different ones to help you make the best informed decision on what is best for your needs.

Types of Automatic Gates

Some of the different types of automatic gates you can choose include:


The single swing gate has one panel with hinges on one side, and they swing open and closed. There are also double swing gates that have two panels. They have one motor on each side of the gate to open them. Both the single and double swing gates open inward or outward.


Sliding gates retract into a slot when the gate is opened. In most cases, this type of gate only needs one motor to move it along the track when opening and closing, and is embedded in your driveway.


Cantilever gates are slide gates that hang on mounting poles and suspend off mounting posts. They appear to float, because no part of this gate touches the ground. Instead, they cantilever to close. These gates are a good choice if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow and ice, because they will not stick to the ground.


Bi-folding gates have two gate panels. Each panel is hinged together, and when opened the panels fold back onto themselves. These gates work well if you have limited space.

Vertical Lift

Vertical lift gates move up and down over the gate opening.  They have to open high enough so that vehicles can easily pass under them. Because the gates do not swing open, they work well in limited space.

Opening Automatic Gates

Automatic gates open in different ways. One type of entry is a keypad, which means people have to enter a personal identification number (PIN) to open the gate. If you choose this type, you should change this PIN periodically.

Card based entry is another option. This type of electronic gate requires a card to open or close the gate. This could be a card that a person has to insert into a card reader. You can also use cards that have RFID chips programmed into them. The driver would have to swipe their card to open or close your gate.

Talk with a contractor to see the different types of gates that are available for you to install and to learn more about automatic gate repair.