The ultimate buyer's guide to driveway gates

This is our ultimate guide to purchasing your driveway gate, to suit your requirements and property. We’ve created a roundup of all our products and materials to help you make the best decision. 

At Ironcraft, we want to help you find the product that's right for you – so we welcome customers into our showroom in Earl Shilton. There, they'll be able to have a look at our high-quality, hand-crafted products; we'll talk through your ideas and needs as our dedicated team helps and advises you on your purchase. 

We offer a wide range of driveway gates to suit all kinds of requirements. From aluminium, wrought iron and wood to automatic gates, we’re sure to have the solution to suit your needs.

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Wrought iron 

 

We're one of only a few companies in the UK that still manufacture to the quality craftsmanship of Victorian times. But if you’re looking for gates, railings or other products in contemporary styles, then you’re also in the right place. We work closely with you to create a bespoke, modern or traditional solution. We’ve even won awards for our ironwork!

All of our products are made to measure, hot-dip galvanised and coated in a colour of your choice. Your specifications are considered in every step of the production process. So when we say that you can achieve whatever finish you desire, we really mean it!

Plus point: Wrought iron is without a doubt the most durable and hard-wearing material you can choose for a driveway gate. 

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Aluminium 

We provide and install an extensive range of aluminium driveway gates – these are highly durable and a long-term investment for your property. 

If you require a high level of privacy from your gates, aluminium is a great option due to the fact it can be constructed similarly to classic wooden gates: precision cut and joined from component parts to create a solid gate with minimal visibility. As well as this, they look much more like wood but without the shrinkage or swelling that can be susceptible to. Our aluminium gates are finished in Qualicoat, which protects your gates with a strong outer coating that is guaranteed for 10 years.

Plus point: Aluminium also has the advantage of being an extremely low maintenance material. If you want a material that you can forget about once it has been installed, aluminium is a perfect choice.

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Wooden

Our bespoke wooden driveway gates are handcrafted and manufactured using high-quality natural materials and traditional construction methods for maximum strength and durability. 

Individually handmade by experienced and talented craftsmen, these elegant, classic gates are an attractive addition to your property. All of our gates are manufactured in premium Redwood Pine, Sapele, Meranti, Cedar, Oak, Accoya and Idigbo or Iroko hardwoods.

Plus point: All of our handcrafted gates are manufactured using traditional mortise and tenon construction with rebated boarding for grain-end protection.

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Metal wood-lined 

If you need the durability and strength that a metal driveway gate offers, but want additional privacy, consider our range of metal frame gates that are lined or overlaid with wood. We like to think of metal wood-lined gates as the best of both worlds! 

We also offer aluminium tongue and groove infills, which add durability and a lovely aesthetic to your driveway gate. Aluminium also provides the added advantage of being a lightweight material.  

We begin with extremely robust metal frames that are galvanised and powder-coated and then lined or overlaid with one of two wood options: fraké, a thermally modified semi-hardwood with water repellant properties that suffer only minimal levels of contraction or expansion; or synthetic wood, which is made from recycled composite material and boasts an impressively long lifespan, as well as very little maintenance requirements. 

Plus point: The metal frames come with a 10-year guarantee against rust, as does any wrought iron detailing you may choose to incorporate into your design.

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Metal wood effect 

Ultra hard-wearing, yet with the appearance of a traditional wooden gate, our metal wood effect driveway gates are a long-term solution that lasts a lifetime and needs very little maintenance. A metal wood effect gate with a wood effect coating is a fantastic alternative to an actual wooden gate. This option retains quite a convincing wood-like aesthetic while requiring almost zero maintenance. 

Plus point: With a 10-year guarantee against rust and coatings respectively, these are hard-wearing, extremely strong and reliable options that are increasingly popular choices.

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Automated – swing and slide 

Automated driveway gates not only make opening and closing your gate simple and convenient, but they can also provide additional security and peace of mind and potentially add value to your property.

Safely installed by experienced engineers and designed specifically for your needs, our automated driveway gates make entering and exiting your property convenient and secure. Our expert team will assess your needs and provide a complete and professional installation.

Plus point: Electric gates are extremely convenient and easy to use.

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If you would like more advice on your driveway purchase and installation, pop into our Earl Shilton showroom or contact our team today!