When we say ‘metal gates’, what we mean is gates made of cast or wrought iron. These heavy, classic looking gates look fantastic in large driveways.
But you came here for garden and pedestrian gates. And that’s where iron gates, beautiful as they are, really fall down (not literally!).
When we said that iron was are great for driveway gates, we bet you imagined a set with vertical iron bars. And there’s a good reason for that – iron is heavy. And that weight means that having a solid iron gate is out of the question. (Unless you live in a castle, of course).
Not only would it be a huge expense, but it’d be a nightmare to try and move as well. Either you’d be blowing a lung trying to push it or spending a lot (and putting a lot of strain) on an electric gate motor.
So how would a wrought iron gate work for a garden or site gate? Well, the answer is the same. You’d probably have to compromise on privacy.
On the flip side, aluminium gates are nowhere near as heavy. They’re also easier to maintain and cheaper to install due to handling.
Because aluminium is so light, aluminium gates are also a lot easier to open. This becomes particularly useful when installing a gate in an area of high foot traffic. So if you’re looking for a garden or pedestrian gate – think aluminium.
There are also choices between gates that offer some or complete privacy. Whereas, with an iron gate, it’s pretty much all or nothing.
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