Cantilever Gates v. Sliding Gates: What’s the Difference?

Have you noticed that cantilever gates seem to be getting more popular?

Cantilever gates and sliding gates have a lot in common. However, there were some important differences that make a cantilever gate stand out.

Let’s take a look at these two kinds of gates side by side.

How the Gate Opens

The biggest difference is in how these gates open.

A sliding gate rests on a track. There’s a wheel on the far edge of the gate that glides along the track. You can either manually slide these gates open or it can be done by remote using motors.

A cantilever gate rests on a hidden track built into the top of the frame. It’s counterbalanced on one end by weight. The gate runs on this elevated track without ever touching the ground.

How Much Space Do You Need?

Another thing to keep in mind are the space requirements for different types of gates.

A sliding gate only requires as much space as the gates opening plus a few feet to accommodate movement. Sliding gates work out for small yards are places where you need to get that can’t slide as far to open.

Cantilever fates require up to 50% of the length of the gate in addition to the length of the gate in order to open. This not only accommodates the width of the opening itself, but also the counterbalancing weight that is needed for the cantilever gate to function.

Let’s Talk Cost

A local fencing and gate company can tell you an exact quote for how much installing a cantilever gate at your property would cost. There are a few things to keep in mind before you reach out for a quote.

Cantilever gates are much more technically complicated and require a higher skill to build and install. This means that they’re naturally going to be more expensive than sliding gates.

How Do They Hold Up?

Here’s one area where sliding gates have a decided advantage.

Sliding gates are mechanically simpler which means that they’re going to have fewer points that can wear down over time. Sliding gates are also easier to repair which means that they’re going to have a simpler and more affordable upkeep.

Cantilever gates are more complicated and more costly to repair.

Which is More Secure?

If security is a bit concerned for you, then you should go with a cantilever gate.

Sliding gates can be lifted off of their track and partially pushed over. However, a cantilever gate cannot be lifted without a heavy crane meaning is much more secure than a sliding gate.