An object that can be moved so as to give access to an area is referred to as a gate. These structures are mainly made of wood, metal and polyvinyl chloride. Social amenities, learning institutions, health facilities, tourist attraction areas and farms contain gates. Gates are mainly used to provide security since only the authorized people can be able to get in and out of a place. There are two types of gates; sliding gates and swing gates. Swing gates are gates that swing in the inner or outer side while sliding gates are gates that move sideways on a rail by use of rollers. Swing gates mainly come in twos. The following are advantages of swing gates compared to sliding gates.
Swing gates are more appealing. Swinging gates swing out and gives accessibility to a place just like how a person opens his arms ready to hug and welcome you warmly. Sliding gates are less charming to a visitant than a swing gate. Sliding gates appear more complicated. The equipment used in the establishment of a sliding gate is visible making the gate less attractive. Rollers, hinges and pulleys in a sliding gate need repeated oiling and greasing to reduce friction hence slide freely. This oil on the rail makes the gate appear less clean.
Swinging gates are installed easily. Swing gates only use hinges that connect them with the outer posts. Swinging gates are therefore cheaper to set up and do not lead to huge destruction on the property. Sliding gates must be set up on a concrete foundation hence a lot of excavation work is involved. This causes the destruction of land during excavation. The rollers, metal rails, hinges and pulleys used in a sliding gate make the cost of installing a sliding gate higher.
Swing gates produce less noise. Swing gates have few hinges and pulleys to attach them to the side posts. Swing gates will hence give less noise when they are being opened and closed. Sliding gates have a lot of hinges, pulleys and rollers. Movement of pulleys and hinges in a sliding gates lead to the production of noise as a result of friction. This friction causes wear and tear of the sliding gate. Swing gates need less oiling and greasing as compared to sliding gates.
Swing gates can be set up in hilly areas. It is easier to open and close a swing gate than a sliding gate on a hilly area. Sliding gates need more physical energy to control its movement along a hill while a swing gate is swung out more easily.
In a nutshell, swing gates are more advantageous than sliding gates.