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. Gates are found in homes, buildings, prisons, farms, lunches, game parks and reserves, hospitals, schools, stadia and industries. By preventing restricted people from accessing a place, gates provide safety. Gates mainly come in two varieties; swing gates and sliding gates. Sliding gates are gates that move sideways on a metal bar by use of rollers while swing gates are gates that move in a curve so as to give accessibility. Swinging gates are mostly in pairs. The following are benefits of having a swing gate on a property.
Swing gates are more attractive. Swing gates open in a manner similar to a person opening his or her hands so as to give a visitor a warm welcoming. Swing gates are more appealing to visitors than sliding gates. Sliding gates appear more industrial. 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. The oil and grease make the sliding gate less attractive.
It is cheaper to set up a swing gate. Homes and industrial swinging gate only require hinges or flexible joints which attaches them to the outer posts. Swing gates are easier to install and cause less damage to 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. 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 possess less number of hinges and pulleys to connect them with the erected posts. Swinging gates will, therefore, produce less noise when they are being opened. Sliding gates have a lot of hinges, pulleys and rollers. The friction as a result of movement of this hinges and pulleys result in the production of more noise. The friction results in the depreciation of the sliding gate. A swinging gate is also easier to lubricate compared to a sliding gate.
Safety swing gates can be used in hilly areas. It is easier to open and close a swing gate than a sliding gate on a hilly area. A swing gate will simply swing out without the use of much effort while a sliding gate requires much effort to slide it upwards and contain its weight when moving downwards.
Finally, one should consider the establishment of swinging gates in homes or industries instead of sliding gates.