When space on your driveway is at a premium, sliding gates can be the perfect option. For both residential and commercial properties, an automated sliding gate is a practical and stylish way to secure entrances.

From the outside, a sliding gate does not look much different to traditional driveway gates.

The reverse side of the gate has a length of toothed racking attached. This slots in to motor at the opening end of the gate.

A track needs laying in the ground across the full width of the opening for the wheels under the gate to run along. The track is grooved to ensure that the wheels sit correctly.

Guide rollers on a post situated at the top of the gate ensure that it remains vertical during operation.

At each end of the gate, you will require end stops. These act as a failsafe to prevent the gate overrunning and falling off the track.

The motors operate as a simple rack and pinion system. Placed at the opening side, the toothed racking engages with the gear on the motor which then powers the gate in both directions.

The motor you need to buy will be determined by the width and weight of your gate.


There are numerous hazard points on an electric sliding gate so a risk assessment is required and the correct use of safety edges is essential.

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