Aluminium Gates V Timber Gates – A Comparison

Timber gates have been around for a long time and are still the gate of choice for many, but the emergence of aluminium gates in the UK, along with options for composite, steel and wrought iron mean that choosing the right gate for your property isn’t a simple as choosing the design you like most.

This article focuses on an unbiased comparison between timber and aluminium gates, with the aim of helping you choose what the best option is.

As with any gate project the design, material and options you choose will often depend on a number of factors. Size, design, budget and location being just a few.

Below we have outlined both the pros and cons of timber and aluminium.

Aluminium Gates

Aluminium gates have become a popular choice when looking for a new driveway and side gate, with the popular European product taking the UK by storm and continuing to grow in popularity.

One of the benefits of aluminium is that once manufactured and fitted they require little to no maintenance. A simple wipe with a damp cloth can leave gate that have been in place for 5-10 years looking like new.

Previously seen as an expensive product, aluminium can now been provided at a number of different price points depending on the construction and thickness that you are looking for. A gate constructed out of thicker aluminium will usually cost a little more die to material cost but the difference between a gate manufactured from 2mm thick material and 3mm thickness can see you with a more sturdy and robust gate, something that is seen as a big plus point in areas that are more exposed to the elements.

Design has come a long way in recent years with the range of designs available now able to rival other materials. From modern, contemporary designs to wrought iron, ornate effect gates, you can have a gate manufactured to fit the look of any property.

Aluminium gates are also available in any RAL colour and a number of woodgrain finishes, with gloss, matte and textured finishes available depending on the manufacturer and supplier you use.

Aluminium is lightweight and strong, a real bonus when installing gate automation on your gate with less pressure being put on the automation system.

With no rotting, fading or warping on aluminium, you don’t have to worry about the effects of the cold winter months or the increasingly hot summers, you really can set and forget.

Even with all these benefits there are certain times where aluminium gates may not be the right choice. Aluminium is very much suited to domestic installations, if you are looking for a larger gate on a business then it may be worth looking at a material more suited for commercial applications such as steel.

The price point may be viewed as a negative, with many aluminium gates more expensive than other materials. This is less of an issue currently as there are cheaper aluminium gate options, although it’s always worth asking questions about exactly what you are getting as it may be that a thinner aluminium gate doesn’t offer the same value as a steel, composite or timber alternative. This leads perfectly into what I believe is one of the biggest cons about aluminium. It isn’t about price, it isn’t even about the material, it’s about the lack of information that people have about the product. Timber is a traditional material, people know a lot about it, the same as a steel or wrought iron gate.  Aluminium on the other hand is still a new product meaning there are many people who like the idea of aluminium but don’t know enough about it to make an informed decision.

If you want to know more about how much and aluminium gate costs or what to consider when buying an aluminum gate for the first time, click the links to find out more.

Timber Gates

When it comes to buying and installing a new gate timber is always in the conversation. Timber gates have been around for a long time and have a reputation of beauty and strength.

Many timber gates provide great value and add character to a property, offering a natural appearance that can often get better with age if treated correctly.

If made from a renewable source timber gates offer an environmentally friendly option that is easy to repair and offer a cheaper entry price than other materials.

A solid timber gate can be resistant to damage and easier to repair than a metal gate and are versatile when it comes to design and manufacturing.

The problem that many face with a timber gate is the ongoing maintenance. This doesn’t need to be a problem, especially if you are willing to invest time and money to maintain the gate, but if you are looking for a gate that once installed will require no further maintenance then the aluminium option may be better for you.

If left untreated a timber gate can have problems with rotting and warping, causing problems for the gate automation systems that are in place on the gate. There are often stories of gates swelling leaving home owners having issues with the function of their gates.

A lot of heavier timber gates are more difficult to open if manual, so if you don’t fancy hitting the gym to open the gates to your house a ighter option may be better for you.

Conclusion

Timber or aluminium, which is best and what should i have on my property? The answer, as much as we would like to give one to you, isn’t that simple. Each project is different and each individual will have different taste. the most important thing to take away from this article is look at everything that you want from your gate, look at your budget, the location, how much time you want to put in to the upkeep of your gate, then make the decision about what’s best for you.

Always do your homework, ask questions from the supplier and use the information that we provide in our articles to make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision. A new gate doesn’t come cheap and there is no such thing as a silly question. There are many amazing timber and aluminium gate out there, just as there are cheaper alternatives. It may be that budget is the most important thing to you, but if that’s the case remember to look for an answer to the question of why is it priced at that budget.