How to Choose Cantilever Gate Kit | Cantilever Vs. Telescopic

When you pass by a house, it is just a sliding gate that you notice, until you start digging into the market to purchase one. You will find plenty...
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When you pass by a house, it is just a sliding gate that you notice, until you start digging into the market to purchase one. You will find plenty of varieties that would be enough to overwhelm an individual. The two most common types that you will come across are the cantilever gate kit and telescopic sliding gates.

For industrial or commercial areas, the cantilever is usually installed and in residential areas, you will find telescopic sliding gates. Which one to choose for your premises and what makes them different from each other, we will talk about everything here.

Gate Design:

The most distinct feature is that there is a single sliding gate in cantilever gate kits, whereas a telescopic sliding gate is one part of the gate that is stacked on one another. Unlike, telescopic gates, cantilever gates do not have rollers moving on ground tracks. The tracks are attached to the gate itself. This means the gates do not have any contact with the ground surface as they are attached to a single or double carriage. This feature makes them ideal for areas with uneven terrains and heavy snowing weather. The stacking feature of the telescopic sliding gates makes them fit for small openings. Each of these gates has unique designs for its utility.

Space Requirements:

Both these sliding gates have an advantage over traditional swing gates in case of back and front space requirements. Swing gates are rigid and require more space while moving. Sliding gates require running backspace sideways. On the other hand, with the telescopic sliding gates, the runback space would be only as much as the back panel width and extension. Space for the cantilever gate kit will be much more as the run back in that space should be as much as the entire gate width and extension. A part of the wall should be present to support it. This is the reason why they are installed in places with wider openings.

Installation Requirements:

Telescopic sliding gates are much more complex systems than cantilevers. Guide channels are required along with clearance space in telescopic sliding gates. The Channel level is needed to be adjusted with the panel level. A track is needed to get it fixed on the ground. You would know more about this when you call a professional. But all of these will add to the components required for its installation. There is no such requirement in the cantilever gate kit since they mostly have single gates with no ground tracks. Therefore, the installation process is easy and takes less time overall.

The expense of Installation and Maintenance

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Both systems are pretty expensive. But as we mentioned earlier, the components are much more in a telescopic sliding gate kit. The panels, wheels, tracks, cable protection, pin anchors, caps everything adds to the cost. In the cantilever gate kit, heavy components like support rollers, guide rollers, and end stops are present. An additional infill may be required to sustain the large panels. It is usually of steel mesh or aluminum. Other than infill, Safety photo beams, loop detectors, etc. for additional safety will add value to the system.


Automation of sliding gates is another modern solution applied these days. It is when people do not want that physical strain of opening and closing gates on every entry/exit. For automation, motors, electronic controls on terminal connections, relays, safety check components, remote controls, and safety barriers will be required. But for both the gate systems, additional charges while installing as well as maintenance costs every six months.

So this was all you needed to know about telescopic and cantilever gate kits. Both have their pros and cons. Contact a gate installation provider in your area to get a better idea about which sliding gate system will be suitable for your location.

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