What are cantilever gates?

Here at Norton Industrial Doors, we supply a range of barriers, including speed gates, automatic traffic barriers and cantilever gates.

But what are cantilever gates exactly? In this post, we’ll answer that question and we’ll also look at some of the benefits of this type of gate.

What are cantilever gates?

Gates can be divided into two broad types: those that swing open and those that slide across. Cantilever gates are in the category of gates that slide across.

They’re called cantilever gates because they use what’s known as a ‘cantilever’ system. This type of system is where a structure hangs over the edge of something, without external bracing. In the case of cantilever gates, it’s the gate itself that hangs off the ground, using two gate posts for support. The gate doesn’t touch the ground with a cantilever system, neither directly or indirectly with a wheel, for example. Other types of sliding gates usually have a wheel which rolls either along the ground or along a track installed on the ground. Cantilever gates don’t have wheels and they don’t touch the ground either – instead, they’re suspended from mounting posts.

Given that cantilever gates are suspended above the ground, it’s important that they’re constructed properly so that they don’t fall down. They need to be made from strong materials that can withstand the forces of wind and gravity. They usually have strategically placed diagonal bracing to help prevent the gate from sagging downwards.

What are the advantages of cantilever gates?

Cantilever gates have several advantages over other types of gates, including:

  • Better use of space. Cantilever gates use space efficiently because they slide across rather than swinging outwards. This makes them an ideal choice for small spaces, such as driveways.
  • Safer. Cantilever gates are typically safer than swing gates because they have a simpler movement. Cantilever gates simply slide back and forth in a linear movement, while swing gates move in an arc of 90 degrees, which is harder for safety devices such as photobeams to detect.
  • Cheaper. In some cases, cantilever gates are cheaper than swing gates. For example, if you had to choose between an automated cantilever gate and an automated double swing gate, then the cantilever gate would work out cheaper because it would only need one gate operator.
  • Require less maintenance. Cantilever gates can be installed with nylon rollers, which is a type of roller that doesn’t need greasing and doesn’t rust. Swing gates, on the other hand, require frequent greasing to make sure they continue to work properly.
  • Easy to adjust. Cantilever gates are easy to adjust if changes are needed at a later date.
  • Versatile. Cantilever gates are extremely versatile and have unlimited applications. Since no part of the gate touches the ground, they can be installed on uneven ground, over block-paving, grass, gravel or even water.
  • Unaffected by debris. The wheels of some types of gates are often blocked by small debris, like rocks, snow and ice. Cantilever gates don’t have this problem however because they don’t have wheels to get blocked.
  • Aesthetically pleasing. Cantilever gates have a smart appearance and efficiency design that’s sure to look great on any property.

Cantilever gates by Norton Industrial Doors

Are you interested in acquiring a cantilever gate for your premises or property? Look no further than Norton. Our sliding cantilever gates are easy to install and perfect for solutions where space is restricted. Our bespoke solutions can match your existing gates/fencing to blend in seamlessly with your environment. Call us today on 0121 752 2927 for more information.