Pros and Cons of Gate Materials11/20/2013 Back To Blog
The truth is that over the years the extreme differences among gate materials are reduced due to their extended processing based on new technological means but still there are plenty of things to consider before you make your final choice. The dilemma of whether to prefer a wood or steel gate may confuse you but there are still slight differences among them or even among panels made of iron and apart from the cost, your final decision should be based on other criteria including the future maintenance service needs of the material.
Wood gates are always a top choice
Regardless of the abundance in choices, wood will always be a great choice and perhaps the number one option for numerous consumers due to its classy style, beauty and elegance. It is obvious that wood gates will be more expensive because this is a natural material and due to the size of the door but the difference in retail money will be returned to you in the form of increased marketing value. The fact is that moisture has always been the biggest enemy of wood but today manufacturers process the material and add undercoats and special overlays for their higher resistance. These panels do not usually have rails and this way your property will be kept private from the public eye but gate repair and frequent maintenance of the material will still be needed to keep it resistant.
The great choice of wrought iron gates
Steel or iron, they are all made of the same material and their basic disadvantage is their eventual erosion unless you choose galvanized gates and forget about rust problems. In any other case, you will need to check them often in order to prevent such problems or fix them in time. Steel may not have the elegance of wood but many consumers would choose ornamental iron gates since they are beautiful and come in a plethora of styles. The best thing about iron gates is their lower cost and, thus, you can spend more on a good driveway gate opener and other features to enhance your security further.