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There are several considerations to bear in mind before choosing which automated gates are best for your home or commercial premises.
These include, but are not limited to, how you'd like them to open, the type and size of motor that is most appropriate, any additional safety or security measures you'd like as well as how you plan to operate them.
One of the most important decisions you’ll have to make is the material your gates are made from. This will impact on the type of motor you’ll need to fit, how long your gates last, and an appropriate servicing schedule to keep them operating in optimum working condition.
Stainless steel and aluminium are among the most popular materials when it comes to metal gates, but how do they compare?
Stainless steel is a strong, robust alloy of iron and chromium. It is heavy and strong and a common choice for gates in commercial settings.
Its weight means that powerful motors are required to operate automated gates, and a more rigorous maintenance schedule is appropriate because the mechanism is working harder and so is vulnerable to wear and tear.
And it’s not just the motor that has to cope with the additional bulk; other moving parts, fixtures and fittings, must bear the load too and they’ll need to be looked after to avoid letting you down.
Stainless steel does not corrode, rust, or stain with water like ordinary steel does. It therefore requires little maintenance, which makes it a desirable material for some gates.
Increasingly, aluminium is becoming the material of choice for home and business owners. It is lighter than stainless steel, which significantly reduces the forces required to act on moving parts in an automated gate system.
The reduced weight means the motor can be less powerful, making aluminium gates a safer and more cost-effective choice.
Aluminium gates can be designed and built in a wide variety of styles, and are covered with a tough coating that provides protection against weathering. It also gives them their colour or wood-look finish. The range of colours is almost unlimited.
Aluminium gates do not rust like iron gates, nor do they rot like wooden gates. The surface coating also means maintenance is mostly limited to an occasional wipe down with a damp cloth to remove surface dirt.
Linkcare supplies a wide range of automatic gate kits, gate motors, and accessories.