The primary reason why homeowners decide to install custom gates is for improved security. Therefore, you have to be careful about choosing the type of material for your gate. It has to be something that possesses enough strength that will make it impossible for smash and grab criminals to break in. With repeated use, the gate has to remain fully functional and durable.
When it comes time to install a custom gate for your home, you have a lot of options to choose from. But if you’re looking for something that’s strong, durable, and will last for years to come, aluminum is the way to go. Here are just a few reasons why aluminum is a great choice for your pedestrian, driveway, garden or side entrance gates.
Aluminum Requires Less Maintenance
Aluminum gates require less maintenance because they are not prone to decaying and rusting. This is because aluminum is a kind of metal that is naturally immune to corrosion. Thanks to the aluminum oxide that is present on its surface. The aluminum oxide compound creates an outer layer which is not sensitive to damage that is usually brought about by oxygen.
In addition, aluminum gates have a finish which is made of powder coating that is thicker than enamel. Thus, making its surface resistant to color fading. Since aluminum gates are pretreated with a powder coating, its finish will not be easily damaged by dings and scratches. While small dents and nicks can be easily remedied when you have aluminum gates.
Another best thing about aluminum gates is that you only need a bucket of soapy water, a brush or hose to clean it. You do not have to repaint it and have it repaired on a regular basis for it to maintain its pleasing look. This translates to more money saved on maintenance costs compared to timber, steel or plastic gates.
Furthermore, aluminum gates also do not require much lubrication, compared to steel gates. If your property is situated in areas with extreme weather conditions, then you should know that trolley tracks and gate rollers made from aluminum are more capable of performing better amidst snow and dirt.
Aluminum gates also make use of enclosed trucks and trolleys which also serve as protection when dirt, grime, debris and other outdoor elements combine. This enclosed truck assembly will simply glide on its sealed ball bearings, which are expected to perform well amidst bad climate conditions.
Therefore, you are less likely to experience downtime or suffer from any inconvenience when the gate motor refuses to function during extreme weather. Add in the fact that it is lightweight, thereby giving less pressure on its moving parts so you won’t be seeing yourself going through a lot of hassle like you would if you have gates that need frequent maintenance and repair.
Aluminum Is Lightweight
Aluminum is more than two times lighter than iron. And, there’s nothing better and more durable than having a lightweight gate connected to its post and framework. Being a light material translates to a longer lasting custom gate.
Why? Because the gate motor does not have to work much harder when dragging or lifting the gate every time a person or a car enters or exits the gate. This would mean that for every touch of the button, the aluminum gate is less likely to cause much pressure and tension on its moving parts and motor.
The result is a gate that is more likely to last longer than any other gates made from different materials. Moreover, since its motor doesn’t have to work too hard, it will also cost less power. This would mean less cost on electricity bills as well.
Besides, if you need a custom gate that can withstand gravity and wind, choosing an aluminum cantilever slide gate will prove to be a wise move. The aluminum cantilever slide gate is durable enough to last longer given the fact that the lightweight characteristic of aluminum, coupled with truck track combination will put less pressure on its operator. In turn, the gate will require less power to keep functioning at full throttle.
Aluminum is Easy to Install
One characteristic of aluminum that makes it so easy to install is its weight. It is not too heavy and therefore its framework and posts do not have to be designed, constructed or engineered in a complicated way. This saves you much time and money during the installation process.
Besides, aluminum can also be easily bent or racked in order to fit the direction of the slope when a gate is installed in a hillside. So, if you are planning to have your custom gate installed in an uneven terrain, consider aluminum for an easier, faster and more economical installation.
If you’re looking for an attractive and low-maintenance gate option, aluminum may be the perfect material for you. Our team at Legend Fence has more than two decades of experience in installing and fabricating custom gates. We can help you choose the right style and color of aluminum gate to complement your home’s exterior, and we’ll take care of installation so you can enjoy your new gate worry-free. Give us a call today for a free estimate!