Modern Aluminium Gates Vs Wooden Gates:

Wooden gates or aluminium gates? This is a frequently asked question that we receive here at TFS Gates. Browsing online for the answer, you will find a standoff in opinions; with both wooden and aluminium gate suppliers offering their own opinions on why their product is superior to the other. From this, it can be tricky to decide which gate would be best for you.

Here’s the deal, both wooden gates and aluminium gates can give their own unique value that will be more attractive depending on your individual needs and preferences. So, to lay the facts straight, this will be an unbiased overview going over the pros and cons of both gate types, giving you a greater idea on what gate best suits your vision.

Large Dark Grey Aluminium Gate from TFS Gates

Benefits and Drawbacks of Traditional Wooden Gates

Benefits of Wooden Gates

Traditional wooden gates are exactly that, traditional. The years of creating wooden gates has cultivated a mastery in wood-working techniques. So, if you are looking for a finely carved, albeit expensive, gate that adheres to an intricately designed vision, wooden gates might be the better option for you.

As wooden gates are completely constructed, of well, wood – they will eventually succumb to the elements, offering a weathered and rustic look that some customers may find appealing.

Other benefits of wooden gates include:

  • Cheaper strictly in terms of up-front costs. This does not include maintenance costs that incur after purchasing the gate.
  • Wooden gates weigh more, so an argument could be made that this provides a “secure feeling”

Drawbacks of Wooden Gates

Although traditional wooden gates can offer a rustic look due to weathering, this can also damage your wooden gate. Wooden gates that have succumbed to weather will eventually deteriorate and rot, causing it to lose its charm and functionality.

Weather affects such as rain can also “warp” your wooden gate. This is where your gate deforms and changes shape slightly due to moisture content. Warping isn’t usually too noticeable, although, it can again cause your wooden gate to lose its functionality.

As you might expect, drawbacks such as the ones listed above are characteristic to the high level of maintenance and upkeep you will need to put into your wooden gate to preserve it for as long as possible. It is not only time consuming but also costly if you want to correctly prevent these drawbacks from occurring.

Other drawbacks of wooden gates include:

  • Not cooperative with automatic gates. As wooden gates are heavier, they demand a more powerful, and expensive, motor in order to move it.
  • Depending on your supplier, having a wooden gate cut, transported, manufactured and transported again to your front door can incur a heavy carbon footprint. Generally, wooden gates are less environmentally conscious compared to aluminium gates
  • Due to their heavy weight, wooden gates can be difficult to install and move

Benefits and Drawbacks of Aluminium Gates

Benefits of Aluminium Gates

Aluminium gates are receiving a lot of attention due to their benefits that almost seem like the perfect answer to the drawbacks of wooden gates. With the benefits listed below, it is obvious to see why the global aluminium gate market is expected to grow annually by 12.8%

Aluminium gates are designed to be tailorable to your needs. They offer versatility in terms of overall design, colours and finishes – including a realistic wood effect!

One the main reasons people are opting for aluminium gates is because they are also very low maintenance. As they are made of metal, they do not deteriorate, warp or rot like wooden gates do. Other metal gates can rust and corrode easily; however, aluminium is particularly resistant to these features.

If security is your priority, aluminium gates can provide ample security for your home. Additionally, for extra peace of mind, automation control systems with built-in cameras can more easily be fitted to aluminium gates compared to wooden gates.

Other benefits to aluminium gates include:

  • Lightweight and easy to install and move.
  • Aluminium is recyclable, making them an eco-friendly option
  • Dissimilar to wooden gates, aluminium gates are fire resistant

To explore even more benefits of aluminium gates, feel free to check out the 10 benefits of aluminium gates!

Drawbacks of Aluminium Gates

Aluminium gates do not have too many drawbacks, but it is important to consider the few drawbacks that there are.

Aluminium is not the strongest material for gates and can take damage if something heavy hits it. If your aluminium gate gets hit by a vehicle, for example, the gate can bend or buckle, meaning you have to spend money repairing it.

As aluminium is metal, it can simply not match up to the intricately detailed carvings that can be displayed on wooden gates. So, if you are looking for something of that nature, aluminium gates may not be a good fit.

How can TFS Gates help?

Now that we have discussed benefits and drawbacks of wooden and aluminium gates, you should now have a good idea on what gate type best suits your vision.

Although knowing the pros and cons to both gate types is important, what’s arguably more significant to consider is the supplier you are buying your gate off; because ultimately, a top-quality garden gate at a competitive price is what you should be after.

If you are interested in aluminium gates, TFS Gates are a family business and a trusted manufacturer of aluminium gates! Our affordable aluminium gates offer all of the benefits listed above, and because we understand how attractive having a distinct gate is, we offer a bespoke aluminium gate service.

Feel free to browse our selection of Aluminum Gates! If you have any additional questions or are curious for a free quote, we are happy to help. You can reach us through email: telephone 0330 700 3030 or by filling out our contact form.

Green Pastel Aluminium Gate at the front of a property

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