When investing in a new gate for your home, the material of the gate is a big factor to consider. Whether you’re looking to install a garden gate, a driveway gate or a side gate, the two most popular options to choose from are wood and metal.
Both materials have their pros and cons. These largely depend on where the gate is located and what it’s being used for, how it complements the current appearance of your home or garden, and your general preference when it comes to the look and feel of your gate.
However, wooden gates offer many advantages over metal gates. We know what you’re thinking: of course you’d say that! But from aesthetics to practicality to affordability, rest assured there are plenty of great (and unbiased) reasons to go with wood over metal when investing in a new gate.
Here are five reasons why wooden gates are better than metal gates.
A wooden gate adds natural beauty and unique charm to your home. It looks and feels warmer, homelier and more welcoming than a metal gate. A wooden gate blends in especially well with gardens, accentuating the organic elegance of your trees, plants and flowers. A metal gate, on the other hand, can feel cold, unwelcoming and industrial, bringing to mind a high-security penitentiary rather than a pleasant, peaceful home.
At Village Products, we offer a wide range of high-quality, bespoke wooden gates to suit your needs, tastes and budget. Our hardwood gates are made from the finest Idigbo or Iroko wood, which are extremely eye-catching. Our softwood gates are made from high-quality Scandinavian Redwood. With a wide range of paint and stain options to choose from, you can let your creative juices flow when it comes to your new gate.
Easier and Cheaper to Look After
When investing in a new gate for your home or garden, you want to make sure that it will stand the test of time. Luckily, our wooden gates are highly durable and hold up in all types of weather and seasons. Through rain or shine, harsh winters or hot summers, our wooden gates won’t degrade. With a little periodic maintenance and treatment, our wooden gates can look as good as new for years after your initial purchase and installation. We recommend using Teknos as a fantastic wood preservative and treatment, allowing you to easily keep your gate looking fantastic for every season.
Metal gates, on the other hand, can be prone to corrosion and end up looking unattractive and rusty. Applying protective paint to metal gates can be particularly tricky and fiddly since you have to ensure that you paint between the bars and into all of the creases of the metal, depending on the design of the gate.
A big reason people buy a gate is for privacy. A wooden gate is the perfect option for this. Metal gates (particularly those used for driveways) with bars allow people to peek into your private premises, whereas a close-boarded wooden gate completely blocks the view of people walking past your house, offering more privacy. Your children can play in peace while you can store your belongings outside without having to worry about prying eyes of potential burglars or thieves. Better yet, wooden gates still provide the level of security you need, preventing trespassers and criminals from entering your home or garden.
Easier to Add, Replace or Replace Fixtures
Another practical advantage that wooden gates have over metal gates is that they’re far more flexible. When it comes to adding, replacing or removing fixtures and features — such as hinges, bolts, latches and locks in a variety of materials — wooden gates are much easier to work with than metal.
More Environmentally Friendly
Wood is a more sustainable material than metal, so for those who care about the environment, wood is definitely the choice for you! A metal gate, on the other hand, requires a large amount of energy consumption to produce them, increasing your carbon footprint.
If you’re looking for a high-quality wooden gate, look no further than Village Products. Whether you’re after a garden gate, a driveway gate or a side gate, we offer a wide range of wooden gates to suit your needs, tastes and budget. From hardwood to softwood, all of our gates are custom made and handcrafted, ensuring the highest-quality and best fitting.
Get a free quote here or contact us on 01925 967 071.