Is the thickness of aluminium important in the manufacturing of your gate, and why would a different thickness matter?

I always compare pictures of aluminium gates on the internet to a suspect lineup. At first glance there isn’t much difference, they look the same,and to find out more you have to dig deeper. 

Naturally people gravitate to the cheapest product they see and judge similar products based on this. Take a look below and see if this changes your mind.

Each manufacturer and supplier of aluminium gates provide a different product, offering a different solution for individual budgets and project requirements, but this doesn’t escape the fact that some gates are more suitable for a project than others.

Some gates will be installed in windy areas, exposed to the elements,  some will be for manual operation, some automated. So why does the thickness of aluminium on your gate matter?

At TFS we supply gates that use a thicker and thinner aluminium, so we are in the position where we can be impartial, able to offer an unbiased view of what is more suitable for each situation.

The image above shows a 2mm thickness and a 3mm thickness. When you read 2mm and 3mm, it sounds insignificant. When you see the picture you can notice a big difference, get your hands on a complete gate and they are worlds apart when it comes to weight.

The first thing to note is budget. Now, I hate the word cheap, but people have a budget and want the best price for what they receive, completely understandable. Sorry to disappoint but thicker means more material, more material means higher cost.

So why choose a thicker gate?

With many new gates now being automated, the gate automation needs to be fitted to the aluminium gate. That could be using shoe for underground automation, or rams fitted to the cross profile of the gate. A thicker gate is already more suited to having automation bolted to the frame, no debate about that one, a thicker material, less likely to bend or cause issues during installation. Bolting directly to thinner profiles can see the exact opposite.

This means that a thinner profile isn’t the most suitable for automated gates and is far more suited to manual operation. This doesn’t mean that it can’t be used with automation but it’s important to ensure your profile is reinforced.

A reinforced profile is a must if automation a thinner profile gate, offering more protection to the profiles when the automation system is installed. 

Would it be my first choice if automating a gate, no, I would look to use the thicker profiles, but does it work, yes. 

A thicker gate will always be more heavy duty and have reduced rattling in heavy wind, but for those working on a budget, and everyone has a budget, they are just , a reinforced profile does offer an option.

In conclusion a thicker profile is more suited for gate automation and a thinner for manual operation. Always ask the question to a supplier if the profiles are reinforced and how thick the material used on the gate is. It many not be the deal maker or breaker but everyone wants a quality product, a safe installation, and a gate that once installed will last without issue.