Are Aluminium Gates Better Than Wooden or Steel Gates?

Posted by Steve Jones 07/07/2016 0 Comment(s) Aluminium Gates,

How do Aluminium Gates compare with Wooden or Steel Gates?


Aluminium vs Wood

Wooden gates replaced by aluminium gates

Wooden gates need frequent attention to maintain the natural good looks of wood. On an annual basis, wooden gates must have the old, flaking finishes removed and new varnishes, preservatives or paint applied. With age, wood can also twist, split, rot and warp which can make it difficult to open or close your wooden gates.  


Iron and steel fixings are also used on wooden gates and these need to be oiled or greased to ensure they move freely. Any rust should also be treated with suitable rust inhibitors to prevent it spreading and affecting the strength of hinges, locks and gate braces. They also need new paint at the same time.


Aluminium gates simply need a splash down with clean water and a quick wipe with a cloth to maintain their ‘good-as-new’ looks.

wooden gates vs aluminium gates

Aluminium vs Steel

Iron gates showing rust

Steel and iron gates often have intricate designs making them very difficult to keep clean and looking their best.  Steel and iron gates are also very heavy so much stronger fittings are required in their installation.  


This is important when automating heavier gates, because more powerful motors are required. More force means more potential danger if gate systems are not designed safely.Ornate iron railings


Lightweight aluminium gates are safer as lower forces are required to open and close them.  They’re cheaper to run and all require much less maintenance. Aluminium is the perfect material for automated gates.


In essence, aluminium is the perfect material for manual or automatic gates.


So why not do a cost comparison on aluminium gates vs the competition including maintenance and lifespan?  You will realise there really is no contest.


Contact Linkcare on 01895 232 626 for more information about selecting aluminium gates and what they might cost.


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