General: Rolling gates are primarily used for chain link fences in order to
minimize the amount of space used by the gate. These gates slide parallel with the
fence line using a track and wheel system. Gate frames are welded and depending on
the size may also be braced and trussed. Finish size of gate must be wider than the
opening size to account for the rear wheels which are bolted to the gate frame. Gates do
not require a wide counterbalance like a cantilever gate. The height of the gate is
shorter than the fence to allow for the chosen wheel carrier which is under the gate.
Advantage(s): Rolling gates use less space than typcal swing type
gates. They are also inexpensive compared with V-track gates and cantilever gates. The
design is simple and incorporates many fittings that simply bolt together making the
project possible for a do-it-yourselfer. The lack of a counterbalance on the gate
frame makes tight fits possible. Repairs and adjustments are easily done with
Disadvantage(s): The wheel carriers which are mounted under the
gate prevent the gate from being installed close to the ground. Although few animals
can squeeze through a 3-6" gap, it can still be problematic. Wheel carriers are
also susceptible to being blocked by snow and debris. Wheel carriers work best on
asphalt or concrete driveways. You may also consider pouring a sidewalk-like path in
concrete for the gate wheel(s) to travel on. Wheels mounted on heavy gates will wear
into asphalt driveways and dig a rut. Rolling gates work best on level surfaces.
Rolling gates cannot be automated. The friction of the wheels will destroy an
operator. If you either now or later wish to automate a sliding gate, consider using
a cantilever gate instead.
We sell complete Rolling Gate Hardware Kits
Wheel Carriers - click above pictures for pricing
Function: The function of the wheel carriers, single or double, is to hold up the
weight of the latch side of the gate. They also keep the gate lined up with the latch
post. Most simply bolt on, however consider tack welding part of the fitting to
better secure the fitting.
Choosing a Size and Type: There are many factors and variables used
to determine which size and type of carriers to use. Weight, size, and terrain will
all play a role in choosing a wheel carrier. When in doubt, choose the heavier model.
Rear Wheels - click here for pricing
Function: The function of the rear wheel is twofold; it both holds
the rear of the gate off the ground and keeps the gate on the track at the same time. Rear
wheels bolt to the upright of the gate frame using rear wheel brackets. There is a small
steel plate mounted to the rear wheel which holds the gate on the track. All rear
wheels will roll on a 1-5/8'' track which is a typical size of tubing used for top rail,
mid rail, and bottom rail.
Pipe Track Brackets - click here for pricing
Function: Pipe track brackets are used to mount the track to the
posts. They are available in different sizes and shapes for different mounting
applications. They are cast in such a way that allows you to connect 1-5/8"
track on each end to continue the track to infinity. The same part is used to
terminate the track; simply cut off the swedged pice for a trimmed look.
Latches - click
here for pricing
Function: As with most latches, rolling gate latches are used to
secure and lock a fenced in area or driveway. These are also available in a few