Installing automatic electric gates will not only increase security but add value to your property. While the most common material for gate installations is galvanised steel, there are some other options worth considering, both for aesthetic and practical purposes. A wooden gate for example, is a simple way to add elegance and, if solid, privacy to your home. They can also be tailor-made to suit various budgets and specifications.
Advantages of steel gates
Steel has become the material of choice for gate installers and that’s down to a number of basic advantages. Because of its strength, steel offers the ability to create more complex designs. It is also a more economic material to use. However, steel does need to be protected in an external environment to prevent corrosion. At West London Security (WLS) for example, we galvanise and powder coat our steel gates, providing a protective coat that can last more than 50 years.
Advantages of wooden gates
Use the right kind of wood with the correct treatments however, and wooden gates can be extremely durable and resistant to damage, lasting somewhere in the region of 150 years. For those looking for an environmentally friendly option, wood can also be bought from sustainable sources. Unlike its steel counterpart, wood tends to improve aesthetically as it ages, becoming more in tune with its natural environment.
Advantages of aluminium gates
However, wooden gates are obviously heavy, which can mean more maintenance for the automation system. The gates themselves can can be prone to warping. If you are looking for a lightweight, low-maintenance option without losing durability, aluminium gates might be the option for you. They come in a range of colours, sizes and styles and work well both automatically and manually. Being lightweight, they cause less wear and tear to the tracks, rollers or hinges of the gate automation system.
As a material, aluminium is also very low maintenance. It does not rust or corrode and comes with an enamel coating that can withstand the elements without chipping, cracking or flaking. It’s also cheaper than wrought iron, steel or wood. However, without the density and strength of steel or even wood, the disadvantage is that an aluminium gates are less secure and can sustain extensive damage should they be vandalised or hit by a vehicle.
Talk to us about your custom gate installation
Whatever your choice of material, be it steel, aluminium or wood, WLS can provide a safe, high quality and durable automatic electric gate installation to suit your specific needs. We have been manufacturing and installing gates in and around London for more than 15 years and are now Gate Safe approved. So, whatever your budget or requirements talk to us about your gate installation. Call 020 8676 4300 or fill out a contact form and we’ll call you.