How to Install a Sliding Gate


There are various set-ups you can choose when installing sliding gates. From years of experience and research, we recommend using this system for stability, ease and appearance. This works for both wooden and wrought iron/ metal sliding gates and will support all widths and heights. The main advantage with this is that it eliminates any additional on site welding or fabrication as all parts required are supplied (either with or without a purchase of a gate).
IMPORTANT: Every sliding gate install needs SAFETY EDGES where entrapment could occur. This is not included in our kits but can be added.

So, lets look at the basics of the installation. First of all, when setting out for a sliding gate, ensure you have sufficient space. For an average size opening of 10ft (3m 058mm), you would need to allow an additional 800mm (overhang on gate) and 100mm for receiving post plus the 3m 048mm – therefore, at least 3m 958mm to either the left or right side of drive. However, for larger openings (of say 6m), you will need to allow an overhang of approx 1.6m.


Second, most sliding gates actually come in two sections. These are bolted together on site. One side of the gate will just look like half a gate and the other side will include the overhang. With wrought iron gates, they are designed so that once in the closed position, from the front, they look as a standard gate where all frame edge etc is visible. You will need to fit a safety edge on the opening slam and closing slam of the gates. This will ensure that if the gates hit any person/object the motor will detect this and stop/reverse.


You will receive 2 x metal receiving posts. Both will be long enough to allow for underground fitment. They will also have pre-fabricated gate catches on (2 per post). These are set approx 150mm down from top of post and 300mm up from ground level and for most sliding gates, 100mm x 100mm posts are used. One to be positioned so that the post edge is inline with the edge of the existing pillar/ wall and the other at the end of the allocated space.


The support post. Again to be set in the ground. Position the support post so that the arm (with the nylon roller) is inline with the edge of the pillar/ wall. The nylon rollers (attached to the support post) will then be set within the “U” rail thats attached to the sliding gate. This ensures the gate stay upright and opens/ closes with ease. Safety edges needs to be fitted either side of the support post as this is an entrapment area.


The track. We recommend (and only supply) the in ground track therefore, concrete (or similar) will need to be used. The length will be driveway opening width (x2) plus overhang of gate. Approx 20mm of track height will be visible. For ease of opening and closing, install the track as level as possible.


Wheels are fitted within the bottom edge of gate. Automation can easily be added to this kit – we recommend the BFT Ares



Stunning service from start to finish with text and mail updates on build progress, Then when the gate arrived I was really pleased with the quality of the build. Would buy again.

Stuart Steadman


This is the second gate we have bought from Gates and Fences. We were very happy with the first although the queue at that time was long, they kept in touch all the way until it was delivered as and when promised.

We like the quality and finish of the first so felt quite happy to wait for the second and we were delighted when it was promised and also delivered in a much shorter timespan.

Communication throughout the process was excellent and the care taken to ensure that our order was accurate and contained everything we needed. Well Done!

Stephen Cook


Quality product and excellent service. Very pleased with my new side gate which is solidly built and will clearly last many many years. The ordering process was efficient with clear and helpful responses. I’d definitely use this firm for any future needs.

Lance Pitts


Easy to use website, well followed up with email progress reports as build progressed. Arrived on promised date, friendly crew unloaded gates.
Builder confirmed good quality gates and hinges/fittings also look good. Gates have now been installed and we are very pleased with the way they enhance the kerb appeal of our house.

Harry Richardson


I received regular updates on progress hence able to plan fitting easily (gate is for busy hotel) The gate was well packaged, everything was present and correct. Build was very good, it’s a decent weight and I think it’ll prove solid enough to cope with the use it’ll get for many years.
Visually it’s excellent and has already drawn several admiring comments.
Overall a super service and quality product.

Paul Burrough


Very pleased with my gate purchase worth paying the extra for a quality and sturdy gate.
Made to measure and fits a treat. Communication and update along the way was excellent,never known a business keep you as well informed as Gates and Fences.
Delivery was spot on tracked to my door. Recommend to all and if needed would definitely buy from this firm again.
Many thanks

Gary Rawlings


Very rarely these days do you get great service and a great product.
From initial contact to manufacturing and Subsequent delivery I was kept up to date. Paul Jones was very helpful and patient and gave excellent help re how to size etc prior to ordering.
Installation advice was also invaluable and as a result I purchased the correct fixings and completed the job.
Thank you.

J Graham


Our gate was super. Lovely quality & well made wood & ironwork.
Delivered in testing times & easy to fit !
Couldn’t fault it !

Kevin Hardy


A properly made gate built to last.
The whole experience was excellent, I was helped measuring the opening, discussing the options and finally choosing the right gate. I was kept informed during the UK manufacturing process, order was shipped as arranged, all well packaged. Hanging the gate (on my own) was possible, the instructions could be a little clearer but help is at hand via telephone. After sale service is also first rate. Overall – Very impressed 5 *****

Toby Arnold


From my first phone call to delivery, the information, advice and general communication was excellent. I was firstly advised that there might be a 4-6 week lead-in time but the gates were delivered in 4 weeks from ordering. That is 1st class service. E-mails kept me informed of the start of the manufacturing, to the end of the process of staining, oiling, quality control to delivery date. Well done.

Ron Wallace


An excellent product at a reasonable price. Right from my first enquiry the company was very professional. They helped confirm my calculations for a bespoke size and kept me informed every step of the way. Quoted 5 weeks the our gate arrived in just 3. Product was of good quality and arrived well protected against damage. I found the website very good too. All in all very pleased with our purchase. Andy Boulter

Andy Boulter


Excellent service, easy to follow website for ordering,
kept informed throughout manufacturing and delivery by email. Arrived exactly when they said and well packaged. Definitely use again in the future.

Janet Huntley


From placing our order to receiving the end product the service we received was excellent.The customer service team were very informative and helpful.
The quality of both the gates and fence panels are excellent . They are very well built and the craftsmanship is brilliant . Our order arrived well packaged and on our agreed date. They look fantastic. We are very impressed and would certainly use gates and fences in the future and would be happy to recommend them.
Richard and Julie

Julie Burnett


I ordered a side gate from Gates and Fences as they were one of the few companies that could offer a bespoke gate at a reasonable price. I was very pleased with the quality of the end product, and it arrived well within the advertised turn-around time.

Cheryl Robertson


After completing the on-line order information, the company were very quick to respond and clarify my requirements.They did this by email and it a was a very efficient process. I was updated by email throughout the manufacturing process right up to when the side gate I ordered was delivered. Although I have not installed it yet, it looks magnificent ‘a beast of a gate’, but very good looking. I would highly recommend this company.

David Longley


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