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Steel versus Aluminum Gates – the Better Solution

By Stella Richard Subscribe to RSS | February 3rd 2012 | Views:
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You want to install a new driveway gate and are wondering what would be a better option between aluminum and steel gates. Each one of them consist of a unique set of features, which you can go through and decide what suits your home the best –

1. Durability :

When steel makes contact with oxygen and water, it is bound to rust. Additionally, if there is salt present; i.e. if your home is by the ocean it is likely that the gates will rust faster. While one can get the gates galvanized to avoid rusting, this treatment is seldom successful at the joints, seams and holes of the gates.

Additionally, if there is moisture and oxygen is trapped inside the hollow tubes of the gates, it is even more difficult for the galvanization process to protect inside of the steel gates.

In contrast, aluminum gates will never rust.

2. Ability to Automate:

Modern technology allows home owners to automate their gates and manage its maneuverability remotely with the help of a camera and remote that enables the opening and closing of the gate. The light weight of the aluminum gates allows homeowners to easily automate the gates by installing a motor without putting much pressure on it and ensuring that this system lasts longer.

The weight of a steel gate tends to act as a catalyst to the wear and tear of the automated system of any driveway gate.

3. Installing the Gate Yourself :

If you are a Do-It-Yourself kind of person, the light weight of the aluminum gate makes it easy for drilling. It is also very easy to lift and position thus requiring minima physical labor and help for installation. In contrast, the heavy weight of the steel gate makes the self installation of the gate an impossible task. You are bound to need professional help to put up a steel driveway gate, which is almost ten times the weight of its aluminum counterpart.

4. Painting and Coating :

Every homeowner in Vancouver with an aluminum gate will rave about the benefits of being able to paint and coat these gates. This material can be easily coated with a primer that acts as moisture repellant, hereby adding to its durability. Additionally, your driveway will always look new and aesthetic because you are always able to give your gate a new look on a regular basis.

One cannot easily paint steel gates as they need to be powder coated. Maintaining a steel gate is a bigger liability in comparison.

It is evident that aluminum as a material is much more easy to maintain, resilient, and durable. Make sure you have conducted sufficient research before you invest in your driveway gate.

Stella Richard - About Author:
Based in Vancouver Mainland Aluminum custom designs, fabricates and installs quality aluminum products. Aluminum Gates, fences, guardrails, patio covers and sunrooms are provided for commercial and residential use.

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