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If you’ve decided to install driveway gates at your home or business, then one of the most important decisions is what they should be made from.
There are several options on the market, from classic wooden gates to elaborate wrought iron.
Aluminium gates are increasingly popular, and there are a number of reasons why – practicality, affordability and style are among them.
So, what are the benefits of aluminium gates and why should you install them?
Aluminium is a strong material, and its resistance to corrosion makes it long-lasting.
It is much lighter than iron, and some buyers mistakenly list that as a disadvantage given that they believe heavier equals stronger.
However, the reality is different.
Aluminium does not become brittle during winter, and is less susceptible to corrosion than iron.
For most home and business owners, aluminium gates are more than durable enough to meet the demands placed upon them.
Aluminium gates can be manufactured to suit the tastes of those that like either contemporary or classic designs.
There are many different styles and types to choose from, and Linkcare’s range includes a broad selection of colours, designs and infill patterns.
You can opt for standard flat colours or wood-effect finishes, while both are available in non-standard alternatives too.
We also offer textured finishes in black, brown and various shades of grey.
Customers tell us they like the flexibility to create bespoke gates that perfectly complement their home or business.
Because they are lighter, automated aluminium gates require a less powerful motor to operate them.
A greater force usually means a higher risk if gate systems are not designed safely.
All moving parts of an automatic gate system are subject to less wear and tear when the gates are made from a lighter material like aluminium.
This includes simple components like hinges and motor mount joints, but also applies to the expensive gate motors.
Again, the likely benefit is a reduction in costs related to maintenance, repair and replacement.
Wooden gates, in particular, can place a real strain on the moving parts of a gate system.
When it gets wet and absorbs water, wood increases in weight and heavier gates place hinges and motor arms under more pressure.
Aluminium gates do not suffer from rot like wooden gates, or rust like iron gates.
Rather than rely only on their inherent ability to resist significant corrosion, aluminium gates from Linkcare are covered with a tough outer coating that provides the gate with its colour, wood-effect or textured finish.
That means they can withstand extreme weather conditions over a number of years with a minimum amount of maintenance and care.
Unlike with wood or wrought iron, there’s no need to strip, repaint or restain aluminium gates if they have been coated during the manufacturing process.
Instead, if you wipe aluminium gates with a damp cloth periodically, you’re doing most that is necessary to keep them looking as good as new.
At Linkcare, we can provide everything you need to have automatic gates installed at your property.
Our wide range of aluminium gates are made in a variety of styles, colours and finishes and complement any type of home.
Whatever you’re looking for, our hardwearing gates combine great looks with durability and exceptional value.
We also have access to a network of qualified installers across the UK, so can usually recommend one near to you.
If you have any questions, then don’t hesitate to contact us today by calling 01895 232 626 or completing our contact form.