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What is a Cantilever Gate and Why Should You Install One?

Cantilever gates are gate systems that don’t require the need for tracking along the length of the gate opening like sliding gates or overhead support rails.

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A cantilever gate is supported from rails that run along the inside of a fence structure. This is where it gets its name from – “cantilever” means “hangs over” the gate opening. These gates need to be wider than the usual slide gates in order to provide a counterbalance section along the fence structure where the gate is supported. This section is usually half of the width of the gate opening. They are suspended across the gate from the counterbalance, with no rollers on the ground. Because of this, cantilever gates provide no ground obstruction, making it a preferred choice for heavy-duty and industrial gate applications.

Generally, no part of a cantilever gate comes in contact with the ground directly, or indirectly with any type of wheels. This gate instead “cantilevers” to close the opening. A cantilever gate construction allows for overhanging structures without external bracing.

A cantilever gate frame constructed properly should be able to withstand forces of gravity and wind. Diagonal bracing and trusses are strategically placed to help the gate from sagging.

Why You Should Install A Cantilever Gate

Cantilever gates are not dependent on lateral space requirements.

A cantilever gate design is supported from one end as it opens and closes, because of this the need for a track requirement is eliminated across the gate opening and can span widths of up to 10m. Since it slides along the fence line, it eliminates the lateral space requirement needed by swing gates.

Cantilever gates are the best option for uneven ground, over block paving, grass, gravel, or even water.

A cantilever gate glides on two sets of support rollers, attached to a concrete foundation, ensuring a reliable, smooth, and silent operation.

Cantilever gates can work on an angle, making it ideal for driveways with steep inclines.

You don’t have to ensure the ground is leveled as they work on steep inclines.

Cantilever gates are not affected by weather conditions, like snow or ice.

Since they don’t have any wheels on the ground, snow, ice, or any debris on the driveway won’t affect their movements.

Cantilever gates have longer operational life.

Since a properly designed, fabricated, and installed cantilever gate will reduce friction when being used, it will prolong gate operations.

Cantilever gates are easier to install.

Cantilever gates require no ground track installation, depending solely on overhanging structures based off two side posts. This makes it easier and faster to install.

Cantilever gates are easier to operate since no part comes in contact directly or indirectly with the ground.

There will be no chance of operation error due to ground obstruction or weather causes because cantilever gates do not require ground tracks.

Cantilever gates are quieter than traditional floor track systems.

Cantilever gates are found to be quieter than floor track systems because of the absence of wheels on the ground.

The many benefits of cantilever gates make them suited for high traffic industrial and commercial properties or any location where a ground track is not an option. Want to learn more? Check out more information on our cantilever gates.

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