WHAT IS AN ELECTRIC CANTILEVER GATE?
A cantilevered gate consists of a single leaf which opens and closes horizontally to the side of your entrance, powered by a motor.
The gate is suspended above the driveway using a counterbalance.
To create the cantilever, a concrete pad needs to be built at the opening side of the gate, on to which roller carriages are bolted. The gate itself needs to be wider than a standard sliding gate to provide the weighted counterbalance that is required to suspend the gate.
With no rollers or wheels touching the ground, a cantilever gate is a much quieter alternative to a slider. It can also be purposed on uneven surfaces such as gravel and on sloping driveways where any other gate type is impossible.
BENEFITS OF AN ELECTRIC CANTILEVER GATE
In addition to having a longer operational life than a sliding gate, they are also far easier to install as there are no major groundworks needed.
They are totally unaffected by snow or uneven ground such as gravel and cobbles which makes them a practical and reliable solution.
Cantilever gates are the ideal choice for heavy duty industrial gates which can span very large entrances which have heavy vehicles coming through. For residential properties, they have the advantage of being a quieter and more attractive solution than a traditional sliding gate.
CANTILEVER GATE HARDWARE & MOTORS
This kind of gate has a specific set of hardware that is unique to a cantilever system, however, they use standard sliding gate motors to drive them.
For cantilever gates, please choose a motor which is rated for double the weight of your gate i.e. if your gate is 500kgs, choose a motor rated for 1000kgs.
AUTOMATIC CANTILEVER GATE SAFETY
Cantilever gates open horizontally, often closely against a wall. This can create trapping and crushing points which need to be protected with safety edges.
The roller posts and leading edge also pose a risk to vehicles and people so these areas, too, require adequate safety devices to enable safe operation.
For a general guide to how a standard safety set up works, view our safety page and refer to the sliding & cantilever gate section.