Cantilever Gate vs. Swing Gate Info from Edmond/OKC Fencing Pros


Cantilever Gate System vs. Swing Gate -- Which Is Better?

If you’re in the market for a new fence and gate duo but trying to decide which gate system is going to be best for your space then this fence blog post is for you! 

Both Cantilever and Swing Gates are great options for Edmond, OK & OKC homeowners. Both are equally desired in commercial fence installations as well. These particular gate styles come with their own benefits and choosing which one to go with really comes down to personal preference and available space. 

To decide which gate style is right for you, lets first examine each option below.

What is a Cantilever Gate System?

A Cantilever Gate is supported by nylon covered rollers to keep snow out instead of sliding along a track. This gate style has wheels tucked behind the fence. This type of fence system is held off the ground and has the option to come with an automatic gate opener. 

Homeowners & business owners alike get to choose from multiple options when it comes to selecting their desired material. 

The most common type of cantilever gate we install for commercial projects is our cantilever chain-link gate often topped with barbed wire for extra security. 

As for residential fence and cantilever gates, the most common material is our Ameristar Ornamental Iron. This can also come with an automatic gate opener for ease of use. 

Benefits of having a Cantilever Gate

The biggest benefit of having a cantilever gate is that it doesn’t take up as much space as a swing gate since it rolls flush with the fence. 

*It is important to note that in order to have a successful cantilever gate system, the area must be mostly flat to allow proper function. 

Close Up of Decorative Spears and Scrolls on Iron Gate
Close Up of Ornamental Iron Cantilever Gate in Action
cantilever chain-link gate
Cantilever Chain-Link Gate
Ameristar Ornamental Iron Cantilever Gate with Decorative Spears
Ameristar Ornamental Iron Cantilever Gate with Decorative Spears

What is a Swing Gate?

A Swing Gate can come in a single-swing gate or double-swing gate depending on the size of the opening. Swing Gates can operate on a hydraulic, mechanical, or manual basis and open just as their name describes. 

Similarly to cantilever gates, our customers get to enjoy multiple options for gate style, material, and function.

Our wooden double-swing gate is a popular option among Oklahoma City homeowners. For this particular style, we always secure each gate panel with 3 iron hinges to ensure durability for years to come.

Benefits of having a Single-Swing Gate or a Double-Swing Gate

Swing gates, whether a single or a double, are a great way to enclose your property to increase security while providing you with an open path when needed. 

The way it opens up is a welcoming invite home, no matter what material or style you choose.  

Ranch Style Vinyl Single Swing Gate
Ranch Style Vinyl Single-Swing Gate
Vertical Dog Ear Stockade Fence with a Double Swing Gate
Vertical Dog Ear Stockade Fence with a Double-Swing Gate
Ameristar Ornamental Iron Double Swing Gate with Decorative Spears
Ameristar Ornamental Iron Double-Swing Gate with Decorative Spears

TL;DR (too long; didn't read)

Whether you choose PFS to install a cantilever gate, single-swing gate, or double-swing gate, you can rest assured that you will enjoy the added security and elegance to your property for years to come. 

Give us a call today for a free quote on your gate installation at 405-921-3426.

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