Folding gates are useful for many purposes, but chiefly for security. While designed to secure facilities, they must also allow easy access to those who need to enter. They fold back out of the way so that equipment or people can easily pass, but also provide a sturdy, lockable barrier when closed.

The beauty of folding gates is that they are a secure barrier, but also allow visibility, airflow and light. Worried about blocking the public view of your storefront? Folding scissor gates could be the answer.

Often referred to as retractable gates, folding gates are also called accordion gates, scissor gates, door gates or industrial warehouse gates.

Some of the most common uses for folding gates are:

  • Warehouses
  • Bay doors
  • Aisles
  • Retail settings and storefronts
  • Offices
  • Car parks
  • Schools
  • Garages

While design and materials will vary, most users prefer sturdy folding gates of galvanized steel, but they may also be made of polycarbonate or aluminum. Typically scissor-type doors have an interlocking lattice that makes them stronger; they come in many different sizes and colors, with a variety of installation options. They may be single panel with a lock at the end, or bi-folding with a locking mechanism in the middle.

Other options to add with your folding gate:

  • May be hinged so gate can fold aside to allow maximum opening width, which is useful for smaller openings and entrances.
  • Straight or curved lattice.
  • Folding, removable or hinged bottom track.
  • Portability, where gates can be rolled up and stored easily when not in use, but assembled easily and quickly when needed.
  • Extensions to make the main gate wider.

Folding gates are one of the most cost-efficient options for small business owners, especially when compared with steel rolling doors.