Aluminium and Steel can both be used for high quality gates. However, as most people aren’t up on the properties of various metals you may be finding it difficult to choose between the two! There are pros and cons to both aluminium and steel gates, which make each of them better suited to certain premises more than others. While they are both durable, choosing the most appropriate gate material for your specific needs will ensure that you are satisfied with your fencing for years to come.
Aluminium VS Steel Gates
Aluminium is a lightweight, durable, and versatile material. It’s not susceptible to corrosion, so aluminium gates will look great for years despite being exposed to the elements. We also apply a unique and specially designed coating to our aluminium gates during manufacturing to ensure even higher quality and longer lasting durability.
If you should ever decide to replace your aluminium gate you can be safe in the knowledge that your carbon footprint will remain low as it is 100% recyclable.
The drawback to aluminium is that it can be easily bent, so it’s not as effective for gates in premises that require tough barriers or security, such as industrial or commercial settings. Its resistance to corrosion makes it the ideal choice for coastal homes in particular.
Steel is a strong, powerful and long-lasting material, perfect for protective gates. It is heavy and resistant to damage and wind. Most steel gates are galvanized, we will treat it with powder coating to prevent rusting. Which would be available in various colours. Steel is impact resistant, so it is the perfect material to use for security gates. If you’re looking to purchase a gate that will last for a lifetime or more, steel is the way to go.
Due to its weight, steel gates may be more difficult to install than aluminium gates, and less practical for home and family uses, making it a better fit for industrial premises. With steel being heavier it would also put more strain your gate motor.
Aluminium and steel are both high-quality materials. However, as outlined above, as a general rule of thumb aluminium is more appropriate as a finishing touch to your home’s exterior, while steel is more appropriate for protection where targeted break-ins are likely to occur. But aluminium is still visually appealing.
For residential gates, aluminium may be the best option. It is lightweight, available in different colours and easy to install. It is corrosion resistant, and it looks great.
For commercial and industrial gates, steel gates is preferred because of its strength and durability. However, it will keep intruders out or deter them from crossing the barrier into the property.
Coastal premises have the unique problem of saltwater and coastal winds to deal with. While steel is sturdier and more resistant to wind damage, salty coastal air can accelerate rusting. In these cases, stainless steel gates or aluminium is the best option.