Sliding Gates

Why have Sliding Gates

At Portcullis Gate Automation we have no bias towards sliding gates because we also design, manufacture, install and maintain high quality hinged gates. So for us it’s simply a question of which of the two is most appropriate for any individual project.

Although many local factors dictate whether sliding or hinged gates are right for a specific application, there are a number of basic criteria which can be applied.


Overall, sliding gates are much more secure largely because they are more difficult to force open. The main reason for this is that part of the gate when closed is retained within a rigid structure and are therefore much more difficult to force open. In addition the more vulnerable points of a sliding gate are less accessible compared to a hinged gate.

As well as being more secure, sliding gates arguably LOOK more secure, so there’s an element of deterrent here too.

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At Portcullis our vast experience, knowledge and expertise allows us to advise you on every aspect of entrance gates, if sliding is the best option, then whether tracked or cantilevered should be used.
For advice and assistance please call us on 0845 602 0846 or email Sliding Entrance Gates to arrange a site visit or just for an initial discussion.


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There are advantages to both cantilevered and tracked and it’s really a case of which is most appropriate to an individual site. If the nature of the site means that either would be suitable then our preference is for a cantilevered gate which has further advantages outlined below.

The most ideal gate for your project

The above information will hopefully help you with your first thoughts about which type of sliding entrance gate is best for your project. However a site meeting with one of our highly experienced team will always be the best way to fully determine which type of gate and the exact specification required.
So please call us on 0845 602 0846 or email Portcullis Sliding Gates to arrange a site visit.
Contact us directly with your Sliding Gates Enquiry so we can get straight back to you to discuss your requirements and provide a proposal.

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Deciding to use a sliding gate rather than hinged gate has rather more to do with factors such as the level of security needed, size of the opening the gate will fill, and whether or not the access roadway the gate passes over is level or on a slope, than the type of premises the gate might protect.

That said it’s inevitable that certain property types will always have a level of security requirement that means sliding gates are more suitable. These sliding gate applications would include Schools, Hospitals, Data Centres, etc:

Powered Sliding Gates Safety Requirement

Safety requirements for powered Sliding Gates

This advice will help architects, specifiers and users to understand the issues and ensure that gates comply with the necessary legislation, regulations and standards.

Electric gates are classed as machines and can cause serious harm if not installed and maintained correctly by professional gate installers. This was tragically highlighted in June 2010 by the deaths of two young children trapped by powered gates in separate incidents less than one week apart.

All automatic gate systems must by law be installed in compliance with the Machinery Directive MD2006/42/EC and supporting standards as highlighted by recent safety advisories from the Health and Safety Executive.

To aid manufacturers and installers in meeting the requirements for directive compliance, a product standard for gates, BS-EN13241-1, provides an umbrella platform for creating a compliant gate product.

For a “Guide to Gate Safety Legislation and the Machinery Directive” and a “Guide to Safety Edge Systems” please click to view the relevant PDF document below.

To download the Sliding Gate drawing’s please click on the relevant PDF symbol below