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Aluminium vs Metal Gates

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.

BillyOh Avalon Gate single swing side gate

BillyOh Avalon Design Features

So now you’ve got a bit of a better idea of why to choose aluminium gates. Now let’s have a look at why you should choose the BillyOh Avalon.

The BillyOh Avalon is a pedestrian gate with lovely decorative highlights. It works perfectly for side entrances with access to a garden or the back of your house.

This is because these sort of entrances offer security risks. But they can also compromise your privacy

But, bear in mind that:

  • Children coming back from the park
  • Couriers and the postman
  • Friends coming round for a BBQ

And more, all might need in-and-out access to your garden at some point. That’s exactly why you’d want a horizontal-slat aluminium side gate. The Avalon features thin ‘bars’ in the design that allow light in and you to peek out.  

This means that you can check who’s at your gate before opening it. It also means that you don’t have to compromise on aesthetics if you don’t want to with a full privacy garden gate. You can still get the privacy element but with a decorative flourish!  

The Avalon is also robust, neat, and lightweight. It’s the perfect way to add privacy and security to your property as well as style and elegance.

How does it work?

The BillyOh Avalon is a single swing aluminium gate. It has a key-operated lock on a standard lever handle. This means that you can lock up at night or simply leave the gate closed in the daytime.

What does it look like?

The BillyOh Avalon comes in black powder-coated aluminium. The boarded horizontal slat design provides maximum privacy. But it also features bars that allow light in and you to see who’s at your gate.

How long will it last?

The powder-coated finish assures these gates are weather-resistant and protects from rust. Powder coating is a method whereby dry powder is applied then charged and then cured under heat or UV. It also provides Shop Aluminium Gates


Aluminium gates generally come at a more accessible price than wooden or iron gates. This is due to the cost of materials. You could also see savings on delivery, handling, and installation fees as aluminium gates are so much lighter. 


Our BillyOh Avalon starts at £299. 

Your BillyOh Avalon will also come supplied with door slats, columns, and hinges. It also includes mortice lock and keys, wall-mounted latch and lock keep, expanding bolts and screws. There will be a parts listing in the manual provided.

Yes, our gates come with all the fixtures and fittings you will need to assemble them. Handy instruction manuals are also included.

The garden gates can be fixed to walls or a metal gate post using the included expansion screws and swivel. There are full assembly instructions included with your Avalon garden gate.

The lock and handle can only be assembled to the right-hand side of the gate.

Yes, these gates are designed to be either manual or automated. The gates are designed with a reinforced profile to support electric gate openers.

The gate is packed into one package with honeycomb packing. This is to protect the product. It is delivered disassembled. The garden gate comes with full installation instructions so it is simple to install. It is recommended that 2 people work together on the installation.