Choosing between a swing gate vs a sliding gate for your home

It may not exactly be one of the most pressing decisions you have to make in your life, but there are still some factors you should consider when it comes to choosing between a swing gate and a sliding gate for your home.

Concerned about space? If space is an issue for you, a sliding gate will most likely be your best bet. Swing gates will take up much more space due to the fact that they swing outwards/inwards, whilst sliding gates will take up very little space. A sliding gate may also be a wiser option if you’re worried about scratching cars or other nearby objects, for example.

After something more modern?  As a whole, sliding gates tend to look a lot more contemporary and streamlined than their swinging cousins. Depending on the sort of look you’re after when it comes to your home and garden, we would say that swinging gates tend to suit more traditional styles, whilst sliding ones look a lot more chic and sleek.

Our advice is just a guide though – choose whichever gate you feel as though makes your home look good!

Need something low maintenance? On average, swing gates tend to have less moving parts than sliding gates, which in turn means that there is less of a chance of wear and tear, breakdowns, and other issues occurring. As well, the track that sliding gates move on must be kept 100% free of debris at all times to work, which may prove to be difficult.

Have landscaping near your gate? Be it a rock, a tree, or another object, it may just be that a swinging set of gates would be blocked if you were to install them. In this case, a sliding gate would be a much better option.

Worried that your gates could damage something nearby? If you think swinging gates may have too much of a risk of swinging into something – be it by accident, by the wind, or by a younger relative  - then it may be better to install a sliding gate which can only move along a fixed track.

Feeling stumped? We can’t say we blame you! We understand that everyone’s home is different, which is why we recommend contacting us if you’re feeling a bit stuck for choice when it comes to sliding gates vs. swing gates.