Automatic electric gate installation will not only increase security, but also 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. So, what are the advantages of wooden and aluminium gates over steel? Let’s take a closer look:
Advantages of steel gates
Steel has become the material of choice for automatic electric gate installation, 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 economical 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. In fact, they can last 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. As a result, it’s becoming an increasingly more popular option for automatic electric gate installation.
Advantages of aluminium gates
However, wooden gates are obviously heavy, which can mean more maintenance for the automation system. The gates themselves 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.
There are plenty more reasons why aluminium is a good material for automatic electric gate installation. For example, as a material, aluminium is also very low maintenance. It does not rust or corrode, and it 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 automatic electric gate installation
Whatever your choice of material, be it steel, aluminium or wood, WLS can provide a safe, high quality and durable installation of automatic electric gates 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.