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Why are aluminium driveway gates better than wooden gates?

The problem with wooden driveway gates

Wooden Gates are hugely popular in the UK. They can be beautiful and wood is ideal for many different designs. But now, many wooden gates are being replaced by aluminium gates. Why is this? Read on and you’ll see why the benefits of wooden gates cannot beat the best alternative for your driveway gates.

Wooden gates will eventually rot no matter how much they are painted or treated. Wood also absorbs water when it’s wet and dries out in the sun. Consequently, wooden gates change size; they expand when wet and shrink as they dry out. This means that hinges have to deal with the changing weight of the gates they support. Paint cracks and joints slowly open up.

 

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aluminium swing gates

Benefits of aluminium driveway gates

Wood is beautiful but it will weather and eventually look less beautiful.

In an ideal world, it would be possible to buy gates made in a lighter but stronger material. It would be possible to buy gates that had a finish that made them look almost exactly like wooden gates. This finish would be guaranteed for ten years and require nothing more than a wipe down with a wet cloth to keep it looking new. And these miracle gates would cost the same as the equivalent hardwood wooden gates.

All this is true for our Aluminium driveway gates

So are the two pictures at the top of the page of wooden gates or aluminium gates? They’re both aluminium of course.

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What goes wrong with wooden gates?

These two images show the typical problems faced by wooden gate owners. These are beautiful gates. There is no denying their style and design are fabulous.

However, there are now huge gaps where there were originally tight joints. The gates have dropped on their hinges so that they no longer meet in the middle properly.

Ignoring the peeling varnish, cracks in the gate posts and the first signs of rot, and it’s got to be disappointing for the gates’ owners that they have been installed for only one year.

What goes wrong with wooden gates?

The images on the right show the typical problems faced by wooden gate owners. These are beautiful gates. There is no denying their style and design are fabulous.

However, there are now huge gaps where there were originally tight joints. The gates have dropped on their hinges so that they no longer meet in the middle properly.

Ignoring the peeling varnish, cracks in the gate posts and the first signs of rot, and it’s got to be disappointing for the gates’ owners that they have been installed for only one year.

Old wooden gates replaced by new aluminium gates

No rotting

Wooden gates that have rotted as much as the ones on the left don’t do any property justice. The sliding aluminium gate replacement looks like wooden gates but only needs an occasional wipe with a damp cloth to stay looking new for years.

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No maintenance

Wooden gates are usually painted or treated with a wood preservative such as creosote. They are often quite dark and this can make them imposing and not very welcoming. Stargate aluminium gates are available in a wide range of finishes and customers often choose a lighter solution when replacing wooden gates.

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Wooden design aluminum gate

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Wooden aluminum gate

No cracking or swelling

Lighter wooden gates, like the ones on the left, badly show all cracks, rot and any growth of algae etc. The owners cleverly replaced theirs with the same coloured aluminium gates but chose a half boarded design to make their property more inviting.

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wooden gates vs aluminium gates

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wooden gates replaced by aluminium gates

Bespoke solutions

Here’s a great example of how replacing tired wooden gates with new aluminium gates can also solve problems other than rot and decay. In this instance, rotten wooden swing gates took up lots of space when they opened into the homeowner’s drive. The replacement aluminium gates look like swing gates but are actually a single sliding gate that neatly slides along the wall as it opens.

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Dilapidated wooden gates

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Replacement aluminum gates

So how much does it cost?

Here are some guide prices for gates installed to existing posts or pillars, with electrical supply pre-installed (where required)

Manual Single gate, installed – starting price £900*
Manual double gate, installed – starting price £2000*
Automatic double gate, installed – starting price £3000*

*The actual price depends on the type, style and finish of the gate you choose, the type of automation, your location, ground works, access to power and many other variables.

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Wooden gates vs aluminium gates

Aluminium is one of nature’s miracle materials. It is light, easy to cut and shape, can be welded, bonded, riveted or bolted together and it provides years of low to no maintenance in all weathers.

In essence, aluminium is the perfect material for manual or automatic gates.

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