A movable structure that checks the movement of people and animals in and out of an area is known as a gate. These structures are mainly made of wood, metal and polyvinyl chloride. Prisons, churches, schools, hospitals, game reserves, lunches, homes, buildings and industries have gates. By preventing restricted people from accessing a place, gates provide safety. There are two types of gates; sliding gates and swing gates. Swing gates are gates that open either in the inner or outer side while sliding gates are gates that have rollers which slide on a rail so as provide accessibility to a place. Swing gates are mainly in pairs. The following are advantages of swing gates compared to sliding gates.
Swing gates are more attractive. Swing gates swing out in a way that is similar to how a person opens his two arms to bid welcome to a visitant. Visitors are more appealed by swinging gates compared to sliding gates. Sliding gates appear as if they are supposed to be used in industries. Rollers, pulleys and hinges on sliding gates are mostly unhidden and this feature makes sliding gates less captivating. 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.
It is easier to install a swing gate. Swing gates only use hinges that connect them with the outer posts. Swing gates are easier to install and cause less damage to property. In order to set up a sliding gate, a lot of digging is needed so as to have a concrete establishment of metallic supports. This leads to the destruction of property during the digging of the foundation. Equipment used in setting up a sliding gate are more expensive than those required to set up a swing gate.
Swing gates produce less noise. Swing gates have few hinges and pulleys to attach them to the side posts. Swing gates thus produce less noise when opening and closing is being done. Sliding gates have a lot of hinges, pulleys and rollers. This equipment will give a lot of noise due to friction especially when not well greased. The friction leads to 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. A swing gate is easier to open on a hilly place compared to the sliding gate. Swing gate require less energy to swing out while sliding gates require more energy to push and pull it along a hill.
Finally, one should consider the establishment of swinging gates in homes or industries instead of sliding gates.