Your home’s gate can make all the difference in the world when it comes to making a first impression on your guests. While the overall design is important in making that first impression, it’s also the type of gate that you have installed. The three main choices are slide gates, swing gates, and vertical gates (pivot and lift).

The type most ideal for your home would depend on the specifications of your home’s structure and the characteristics of these three different gates, which we will discuss below. Hopefully, by the end you’ll have a better idea of what will work best for you. Remember, you should check your building codes to make sure that the gate you choose is in compliance with the law.

So without further ado, let’s go! 


Slide gates are where the gate is placed on wheels on a sliding frame which goes from side to side. The first thing you need for such a gate is ample space. You will need enough space on one side of your driveway so as to accommodate the full width of the gate when it slides in the preferred direction (left or right). If you’ve got a gate that opens from the middle then you will need enough space on both sides of the driveway to accommodate the halves of the gate. 

There are different kinds of tracks for the gate which you can use, depending on the weather of your home’s location. There are V-track slides which are the most widely used, but they are not the best when it comes to cold weather as snow and ice can jam, or even damage, the tracks.

There are cantilever gates which use a fixed-wheel mechanism on top of which the gate slides. These are the most resilient and will work in almost any weather. However, in addition to the higher price tag, you also need a lot more space for cantilever gates. Even the smallest mechanism would require at least 1

.5x the width of your driveway.


The mechanism for these gates is just like a normal household door. Hinges are attached to the sides of the gate and the wall, allowing you to swing the gate inwards or outwards. While these gates require the least maintenance, there is one massive drawback. You need to accommodate for space with a swing gate so when it is extended the entire way outside, it doesn’t hit anyone who might be passing by. You’re effectively excluding a decent amount of your own property and turning it into the “outside” of your house.

Furthermore, with swing gates, you shouldn’t go beyond a set width. Most would advise that 16 feet is the limit, but even that would be stretching. A 12 foot swing gate is the widest you can go without having to deal with continuous maintenance issues with the hinges.


These are by far the most space saving gates listed in this article. Vertical gates come in pivot (or swing) and lift (or slide) mechanisms and work in the exact way as the above-mentioned gates do. The only difference is that they go up instead of sideways or swinging.

We hope the above helps you in choosing the right gate for your home. For some beautiful gate designs head on over to garagedepartment.com