When choosing between an automatic gate that swings or slides, you have to do a little research to determine which one will best suit your property and needs. While both swing gates and slide gates function well in terms of security, curb appeal, and increasing property value, there are pros and cons to consider for both. In this article, the experts at H&Y Fence will look at how swing gates and slide gates compare to each other and help you decide which automatic residential gate is best for your Sarasota property. 

Considerations and Requirements for Florida Custom Gates

When you need a new automatic residential gate in Sarasota, Florida, here are several key factors that must be considered depending on your situation. The type of gate that’s right for your property depends on variables that are specific to your home or business. Some of these include your property grade, landscaping, noise level considerations, and the usable space that’s available. 

Gate Safety is Our Top Priority

UL 325 Safety Standards and the ASTM F2200 Safety Requirements are rules and regulations that must be followed in order to properly address the safety concerns and requirements needed for the automatic operation of all vehicular gates to prevent accidents from happening and keep you and your loved ones safe.

At H & Y Fence, our certified and experienced gate installers are committed to ensuring every automatic gate we install adheres to these safety standards and includes the key safety features to control the gate and prevent injuries. 

Sarasota, Florida Custom Gates: Swing Gates

Swing gates are a very common and popular choice amongst residential and commercial property owners in Sarasota. In comparison to slide gates, swing gates have fewer moving parts, which results in them needing fewer repairs, which is a huge benefit. In addition to fewer repairs, a swing gate is safer than a slide gate because there is less of an opportunity for hands or fingers to be caught due to the fact that they have fewer moving parts.


An additional benefit of a swing gate is that they are normally quieter than slide gates. Swing gates are usually considered to be more attractive when compared with slide gates and they typically respond quickly when triggered to open or close. This means that there is less wear and tear on the components of a swing gate in comparison to a slide gate, so the longevity of a swing gate can also be a benefit in some cases. Additionally, because a swing gate can be opened in both directions, it allows for easier access for vehicles and visitors approaching from either side. With less set-up required and the absence of a floor track, swing gates are usually a more affordable option when compared with slide gates.


There are a couple of factors that can make a swing gate a little less appealing than a slide gate. If a slide gate is installed on an upward-sloping driveway, it will need to open toward your vehicle as you enter. The path of swing gates can sometimes be misjudged and could open onto a vehicle, causing damage. Another possible negative to a swing gate is if natural landscaping prevents the gate from opening fully. In that case, a slide gate would be a better option.

Sarasota, Florida Custom Gates: Slide Gates

Slide gates in certain applications have some great benefits that can make them the best choice over a swing gate. As mentioned earlier in this article, natural landscaping will not be affected by a slide gate. In addition to natural elements that might already be in place, having a slide gate presents the opportunity to add new landscaping without worrying about it being disturbed. Slide gates are the best choice in tight and compact spaces, allowing easy movement when swinging is not possible.


It’s important to consider all of these benefits in the process of making your decision, but there are a few reasons why a slide gate might not be the best choice for your property. Slide gates operate along a track, which must be kept clear of debris at all times. If something is on the track, the gate won’t function correctly and can be derailed or broken. Additionally, slide gates can be loud, so if that is a bigger issue for you, then a swing gate might be a better choice. One more consideration is that a slide gate is more expensive to purchase and install and will likely require more repairs than a swing gate. For inspiration and to see some of the gates we’ve previously installed, check out the photo gallery and the online brochures on our website.

For High-Quality Florida Custom Gates, Contact Sarasota Fence Company H&Y Fence Today!

Regardless of the residential gate you choose, you’ll want to make sure you work with a Sarasota fence company that uses quality materials and provides expert installation and customer service. At H&Y Fence, you don’t have to worry, we are proud to offer it all! For your convenience, we have a great online quote tool. You can use this tool to design your own fence with the gates of your choice and receive a preliminary quote in minutes. Or if you’d prefer you can call us today at (941) 379-3444 or contact us online for answers to your questions. We are excited to get your project started!