As its name implies, a slide gate either slides on wheels from left to right or right to left. In order to accommodate a slide gate, on either the right or left of the gate, you must have space that is at least equal to the width of your driveway, and then some. Imagine you have a 16’ wide driveway and, therefore, a 16’ slide gate. When that gate opens to allow you to drive into your garage after returning home from shopping, the entire 16’ gate needs enough room to its right or left to fit its 16’ heft, plus an additional 3’ of room, so 19’ of space to the left or right of your gate would be required in this example. If you don’t have enough room to fit the gate on either side of your driveway when it’s open, then a slide gate isn’t likely to work for you (unless you can somehow trade a fresh baked lemon merengue pie or two for some of your neighbor’s driveway space).

Now let’s dive into the differences of each gate type, and learn what makes each gate a preferred option for different applications.

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