Cantilever Gates

Cantilever Gates

FDC StrongWeld commercial sliding gates are perfect for engineers, architects, facility owners, business owners and industrial plant operators. Our perimeter security gates paired with electric gate operator systems make the perfect security solution for commercial and industrial customers. Our heavy-duty electric sliding gates are the perfect solution for correctional institutions such as prisons and jails. StrongWeld gates are known for their durability and reliability.


Our cantilever gate systems are utilized in the most secure facilities throughout Florida at sites such as FPL power plants and even NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Speak with an FDC consultant today to find out how to put an FDC StrongWeld gate to work for you.

Cantilever Chain Link Gate Applications

When deciding on a cantilever gate for your project or application, it is important to note that the cantilever design requires lots of space for the gate to move into when placed into the open position. A typical cantilever gate is approximately twice as wide as the opening it is designed to cover. They are a great solution for gates requiring large openings for businesses such as airports, municipalities, factories, plants, utilities, border stations and more.
FDC StrongWeld cantilever gates are designed to cover openings up to 40 feet standard. Just remember, when designing around a cantilever gate, the 40’ space around the opening must accommodate an 80’ gate when in the open position.

FDC StrongWeld Gates have been the industry standard in Florida for over 40 years.

What’s the difference between cantilever and sliding gates? They both slide, however a cantilever gate hangs and doesn’t actually touch the ground. They hang by rollers at the top of the fence and are counterbalanced. They are the lowest maintenance style of gate.
Sliding gates sit atop wheels that roll across the ground. StrongWeld sliding gates utilize v-wheels across a v-track. This system keeps the gate rolling straight and reduces strain on the operator. The electric gate operator in these situations typically use a drive rail to push and pull the gate across the opening upon the track.

Preparing for a Cantilever Gate

First and foremost, you need to know if you have enough room for the gate. Like previously mentioned, the gate typically is twice the length of the opening itself, so make sure there is room for that full length gate to slide into. Where a sliding gate requires a flat backtrack area, the cantilever gate doesn’t touch the ground, so it is sometimes the perfect solution for uneven terrain. Just realize that it has to be above the highest part of the ground in the “back track” area, so if the ground is too uneven, you could be leaving a large gap under the gate in other areas. The overall length of the gate is a huge factor in its construction and the required materials to make it work. Larger gates require more hardware and stability to keep it going. It will also require a thicker frame, making it heavier. All of these factors combined will tell you if a cantilever gate is right for your situation. But you don’t have to go it alone, speak with an FDC representative today to learn more.

Design Options

While FDC specializes in chain link slide gates, we also can customize with a variety of materials to make gates more private or decorative. To create privacy, we replace chain link with thicker materials such as slats, bars or louvres. To create an ornamental gate, we use a variety of materials to match the style or aesthetic of the location the gate is getting installed in. Our aluminum gates can come anodized or powder coated in a variety of standard or custom colors.