Few things can improve your property’s security and add to its market value the way a sturdy gate and fence can. A tough barrier around the parameter of a property is enough to discourage any potential crook. What’s more, completely solid walls can give you and your family a modicum of privacy when they need it.
And who can deny that a house looks classier and more polished when it’s surrounded by solid fences and a sturdy gate?
That said, if you’re new to choosing gates and fences—or if you’re unsure of what to choose because you know your choice will have an enormous impact—then you’re in luck. Here, we take a look at the pros and cons of metal gates and wooden ones; both common choices that are equally as promising.
Pro #1: Wooden gates are versatile.
A wooden gate can be decorated in several different ways. Wood can be stained to achieve a certain finish or painted any color to fit into any style you’re trying to go for. Whether you want your gate to look polished, or you want it to have a more rustic feel, you have the leeway you’ll need when you pick a wooden gate.
Pro #2: Wooden gates are sturdy.
A wooden gate is often made of very thick wood that can withstand Mother Nature’s wrath – especially strong winds. There’s very little risk of a wooden gate bursting open because of that, not to mention it’s going to stay put instead of being blown away.
About the only danger to such a gate would be heavy objects; the trunk of a tree falling on the gate, for example, would leave a sizeable dent or else crack it. Other than that, wooden gates – like metal gates – can stand up to practically anything.
Con #1: A wooden gate needs maintenance.
Since wood is a natural material, it will deteriorate once enough time has passed and it isn’t properly taken care of. It’ll expand when the weather is hot enough, and absorbs moisture when it rains. You also have to make sure it’s treated properly, or you’ll find yourself facing a rotting gate, or one that’s infested with insects.
Con #2: You need to have the wood repainted or re-stained.
You could say this is a subset of maintenance, but one that has more to do with aesthetics than function. When wood is painted or stained, it loses the color over time; experts recommend having it re-stained or repainted every 1 to 2 years to maintain its appearance.
All in all, wooden gates are a solid choice, especially if you want to add a little rustic charm to your property. However, you need to invest in maintaining them so that they can continue to look attractive and work as well as they should.
Pro #1: Metal gates are durable.
Like wooden gates, metal gates are extremely durable, especially if they’re made of wrought iron. In fact, the latter is more durable than the former and is more difficult to destroy. That tree trunk that could dent a wooden gate? It would crack when it hits a metal one.
A metal gate also isn’t prone to insect infestation the way a wooden gates is, and it can easily hold up even heavy ornaments.
Pro #2: There are many designs available.
You don’t have to limit yourself to choosing from just a few designs you might find boring; metal gates come in more designs than you might think. What if you have a design in mind but don’t find a gate that fits your vision? Well, these gates—especially wrought iron ones—can be customized, to bring your ideas to life.
Many metal gates have one thing in common, though: iron bars that are thin enough to give you a good view of what lies beyond. That means these gates are perfect for keeping a well-kept lawn and garden separate from the sidewalk without obscuring them from view.
Con #1: They’re sensitive to temperature.
Like wood, metal reacts to different temperatures, especially when they’re taken to the extremes. If it gets too cold, metal can become brittle. On the other hand, elevated temperatures can make the metal softer, which can affect how secure it is. If the metal is treated right, though, you won’t have to worry about either one happening soon after installment.
Con #2: Metal gates are expensive.
Because of the material used and the labor that goes into making a metal gate, it can be more expensive than a wooden one. It’s worth noting, though, that the high price is worth it when you remember just how durable a metal gate is, and how little maintenance it needs compared to a gate made of other materials.
As you can see, the durability and versatility metal gates are well-known. What’s more, they’re perfect for making your home more secure without compromising visual appeal. Suffice it to say, they’re a great investment for any homeowner because what they bring to the table outweighs any shortcomings they may have.