Adding a gate to your property is a wonderful way to add value, give curb appeal, or aid in the security of your home. There are a number of things to consider when looking for a material for your gate design. Cost, maintenance, and durability are important factors, but the purpose for the gate is equally significant. Whether the gate is intended for pedestrians or cars, for security or decoration, determining the function of the gate will heavily effect your decision. A final item to consider is the style of your home and the design of the gate. Consistency between the two is essential in order to create a connection between the home and the outdoor structure.
Iron is known for its beauty and durability and has been used in many historic districts and buildings. This proves that wrought iron makes a wonderful choice for those looking for a gate that provides high security, as well as a grand statement. Iron is remarkably strong and inflexible, which can make it difficult to install, but it ensures that any structure made from it will remain intact for years to come. These qualities may cancel out its relatively high price tag. Aside from longevity and looks, it can withstand excessive wear and tear, with little maintenance. However, due to the nature of wrought iron, oxidation will eventually cause it to rust. Some may be happy with the patina and see it as character and charm that comes with the territory. Those who aren’t fond of the rust can simply sand off and paint, but this does add to the level of maintenance required. This stately, durable material may not be as versatile as others, but would add a truly unique touch to the right home.
Aluminum has many positive aspects. Like most gates, an aluminum version will also offer style and security. It is lightweight and easy to handle, making this option attractive for those looking for easy installment. It is extremely durable and will withstand the test of time and weather, making this option a very practical one. What really sets aluminum apart from other materials, however, is that this material requires very little maintenance – nothing more than a simple cleaning from time to time. Aluminum gates can be painted, but a more effective and environmentally friendly option is powder coating. Powder coating uses no solvents, which eliminates pollutants in the atmosphere. Another positive quality of powder coating is that it is more durable than paint and therefore much less likely to scratch or fade. Initially aluminum will cost more than other materials, such as wood, but due to the lack of maintenance, it will end up costing less. Needless to say, the addition of an aluminum gate makes an excellent investment.
A wood gate is a very traditional and versatile option. It tends to be less costly than aluminum or wrought iron. It is also an attractive choice because it is easy to customize the gate to the style of your home. There are many types of wood gates to choose from and it can also be painted or stained to achieve the desired look. While wood is durable, it should be noted that weather takes its toll on wood. Regularly treating or staining the gate is necessary to protect it from the elements. This results in a lot of maintenance. The function of the gate will also determine whether or not wood is the best choice. The weight of the wood can cause the gate to sag, which may limit the distance it can cover. While wood does require care and has some limitations, it is timeless and highly customizable, making it a classic choice.
When choosing a gate, you can see there are many things to consider. No matter what medium is right for you, the addition of a gate will create a beautiful finishing touch on any home.