Telescopic gates are designed to allow a sliding gate to take up less space to the side of the opening. This is ideal where a conventional sliding space will not work, as there is not enough space for the gate to slide into.
As you will see in the video below we have created a system which affords a 5500mm gate to slide into a space of only 3200mm.
Telescopic sliding gates work by individual sections of a gate that are linked together and overlap each other as the gate opens to cover a larger opening.
As with all any other type of automatic gates system there will always be a degree of customisation, so therefore many of the technical components will vary, the size, specification of materials and visual appearance will always be different from project to project to ensure the operational and aesthetic requirements of the site are fully met.
Technical factors that need to be considered are; level of security, usage, safety, integrating access control system and combining this with aesthetics and ease of use.
Here are 3 advantages and disadvantages of a telescopic sliding gate system.
Space- A telescopic gate will open into a space smaller than the entrance to which it is positioned. This is idea when a conventional sliding gate does not have enough space or parking space is limited and swing gate will not work.
Speed- Telescopic gates move open and close very quickly. A lot of consideration needs to be paid towards gate safety (below).
Security- Another advantage of telescopic gates are that they move incredibly quickly and cannot be forced open without exceptional leverage.
Ground levels- An important consideration when deciding if a telescopic gate is suitable for the entrance is how the level the ground is, or can be made to be. As the system uses a track it is essential that the telescopic gate runs on a on level ground. We are currently working on a cantilevered telescopic gate system to overcome this issue and we will post updates when this has been mastered.
Safety- If not set up correctly telescopic gates have the potential very dangerous. We will not fit railheads (spikes) on the top of the gate- because the telescopic sliding gate effectively becomes a giant hedge trimmer! We will also need to sheet the gate, open bars are not recommend at all because any body part that comes between the bars will be harmed when opening. It is possible to have an open bar design with the use of laser safety curtain.
Costs- Telescopic Gates are technically very challenging, this is not job for your average gate installer. A lot of time needs to go into the design process and they twice as long to install due to nature of setting up the drive system, linkages, 2 x tracks and all the additional safety required. The system will also require an upgraded motor and will need regular maintenance as the tension cable will require adjustment. Ordinarily we build the system in our factory and test it, then disassemble and reassemble on a customers entrance. Due to the amount of work & material cost involved we do not install telescopic sliding gates for less than £15,000+ VAT