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Aluminium is strong and durable, but is lighter than iron or steel.
It is therefore unsurprising that it is a popular choice of material for automated gates.
But how do you know which aluminium gate manufacturer to choose?
And what are options available to you when it comes to installation?
Yes, most manufacturers produce made-to-measure gates that fit your driveway, no matter what its dimensions are.
While in reality there is no such thing as a ‘standard gate size’, some brands offer a range of what they will refer to as standard sizes to fit driveways.
Although these may offer a cost-effective solution for some people, in most cases they won’t be adequate for your requirements.
Nobody wants poorly-fitting gates, so unless your driveway is identical to one of the standard size options – or you are building or installing the posts or pillars the gates will be hung on yourself and can therefore control their location – then you should always opt for a bespoke solution.
The best manufacturers will present a broad choice of traditional and contemporary designs, and surface coatings that give gates their colour or wood-look finish.
Because aluminium is easier than steel to cut and shape, and can be bolted together in an unlimited variety of creative styles, you should be able to settle on a design that matches your tastes and preferences.
How good the gates are is best measured by the warranty provided on them for the structure and their surface finish.
Our Qualicoat surface coating is guaranteed for 10 years
You can also ask to see a cut-away of the gates you're looking at to check on their structure.
High-end gates may have thicker aluminium, more detailed profiles, and even rubber seals between sections.
Some manufacturers concentrate solely on the gates themselves, and don’t supply any gate automation kits.
Of course, if they do, then it makes sense to select an appropriate automation kit and other accessories at the same time as ordering your aluminium gates.
We recommend consulting with a professional gate installer to determine what the optimum solution is for your property.
If you're thinking about having new gates installed, with or without automation, or having existing gates automated, calling an expert is the best place to start.
That is why, as described above, it is important to invite a specialist aluminium gate installer to visit your property and conduct a thorough survey that takes into account your precise requirements.
That same individual will be able to source an appropriate automation kit if you want one.
This is vital because not only will badly-fitted gates fail to operate as they should – they can also be dangerous.
If you’re considering whether to install aluminium gates at your property, we would love to hear from you.
You can fill in our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Alternatively, call 01895 232 626 to talk to a member of our team.