When it comes to manufacturing driveway and pedestrian gates, there are several classic materials to choose from, wood, iron and steel being among the most popular. One material that doesn’t automatically come to mind, however, is aluminium. But it certainly should be considered as it has a number of benefits that the other materials don’t. We explain these benefits further below…
Aluminium vs Wood
While wood is highly attractive material to manufacture driveway or pedestrian gates from, this natural material is susceptible to rotting, which means it requires considerable attention to maintain a pleasant aesthetic.
Wooden gates must therefore be stripped, sanded and have new varnish, preservative or paint applied on an annual basis. Even with these treatments, however, wood can split and warp with age, thereby altering the shape of your gates and making them difficult to open and close. On top of this, any metal hinges and fixings will also need to be oiled, greased and treated to preserve a full range of movement and prevent rust.
Aluminium gates, in contrast, have corrosion-resisting benefits and therefore only need to be wiped down with clean water and a cloth to keep them looking as good as new. And you don’t even have to compromise on aesthetics – aluminium gates can be covered with a tough wood-effect coating that looks just like the real thing.
Aluminium vs Steel & Iron
Steel and iron are wonderful materials for creating traditional, intricate driveway and pedestrian gates. However, keeping them clean and free from rust can be a real challenge and maintenance can be very time-consuming. They’re also incredibly heavy, which may not be suitable for everyone’s needs, particularly if you require an automated gate.
Aluminium gates, however, offer a lightweight alternative. Requiring much lower levels of force to open and close, they’re cheaper and easier to run. With a tough coating they can look just like iron or steel gates yet require just a fraction of the maintenance.