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For many modern homes, aluminium gates are quickly becoming the gate option of choice. Not only are they easy to work with and produce, but they are also incredibly lightweight and durable against the natural corrosion that iron or wood gates can experience. With a smooth finish, these stunning gates can have the pristine look of other materials but with minimal hassle, making them the ideal choice for both home and business.
However, you may still be wondering how to keep your aluminium gates looking brand new throughout many years of operation. Despite their relatively low maintenance needs when compared to other options, there are some basic methods you can implement to keep your gates shining! Here are some of our favourite techniques.
When you choose your aluminium gate, it’s important to consider not only the product but also the finish that has (or, rarely, has not) been applied by the manufacturer. As with any outdoor product, the quality of this layer will go a long way to ensuring the longevity of the gate.
Here at LinkCare, all our aluminium gates come with a Qualicoat finish which not only gives it a fantastic colour of your choice but also helps to protect it against weather and corrosion. By choosing a product with this kind of high-quality protection, ensuring your gate looks fantastic many years into the future will be much easier!
Despite the advantages of aluminium and quality finishes, dirt is unavoidable. To keep your gate looking pristine for visitors, you may wish to clean it regularly. Thankfully, this is often a simple task, although specific gate designs, such as those with patterns, may need a careful clean in hard-to-reach areas.
Generally, cleaning an aluminium gate is incredibly straightforward. The only thing to bear in mind is not to harm the protective coat of the gate while cleaning it. To avoid this, it is often recommended that you only use water with a soft hose or sponge to clean the surface. For tougher stains, a cleaning product can be used, but you must ensure that it does not contain chemicals that could reduce the effectiveness of the protective layer. As a general rule of thumb, don’t use products on your gate that would be corrosive against the skin. However, always use a non-alkaline product.
Depending on its use, over time, scratches, dents or chips may appear on the gate. While aluminium gates are much less prone to this than something like wood, heavy-duty use may still cause this to happen over many years.
When it comes to scratches, in the majority of cases it is possible to fill it in with protective aluminium paint. Speak to your supplier or another gate professional to find the correct paint product to suit your gate, and you should avoid having to recoat the entire structure. If you are dealing with a more significant dent, it can sometimes be an option to sand down the surrounding area before looking to repaint, as this will help smooth the surface and lead to a better, longer-lasting application. Of course, an effective, well-installed automated gate should reduce the likelihood of such instances happening during the product’s lifetime.
A high-quality protective finish has the potential to last for well over ten years, at which point purchasing a new gate system may be considered. However, you may also choose to restore the paint and protective coat of your current gate. Whether it’s due to concerns about fading or solely for a new colour, you should always seek task-specific products when repainting aluminium gates. A high-quality paint will come with the protective qualities required, saving you money in the long run, so speak with your gate supplier or other professionals to discover the best product for your needs.
These are some ways in which you can ensure the longevity of your aluminium gates. However, purchasing from a quality supplier will ensure you get a great product which, combined with the natural qualities of aluminium, will last for many years with minimal effort! If you are still not convinced about this metal, take a look at our other blog on why aluminium gates are the best choice!