Aluminium gates are extremely long-lasting and only require simple maintenance to be maintained indefinitely. This longevity, as well as the fact that they are low maintenance, have made them increasingly popular in both residential and commercial settings. With a little bit of regular care, they can look nice and function effectively for years to come.
Easier to maintain than wood
Wooden gates are popular for their appearance, but they have drawbacks in comparison to aluminium alternatives. One disadvantage is that wooden doors require more maintenance; as a result, they expand and contract depending on the weather, causing cracks to develop.
Maintenance requirements for physical changes in metal automated gates will eventually put a strain on the motorized elements, rendering them ineffective.
Steel gates, on the other hand, have a different set of problems.
If you’re concerned about the time it takes to maintain wooden gates in good shape, aluminium gates are a smart choice. If you love the look of wooden gates but are hesitant about their upkeep, consider choosing aluminium ones with a professional wood-look finish. we believe that this is often the case.
It’s a good choice for a finish
Aluminium is an excellent choice for making sturdy, long-lasting gates that perform properly and can withstand whatever Mother Nature throws at them. It’s a versatile, low-cost material with a high strength-to-weight ratio. It’s also friendly to the environment. Aluminium gates have another advantage as gate materials thanks to high-performance coatings; they enhance the look of aluminium gates while also increasing their life span.
A hardwearing finish will improve corrosion resistance, even though aluminium corrodes at a slower rate than wood decays. A naturally occurring oxide film forms on bare aluminium. This low level of oxidation is prevented by adding a covering during manufacture, ensuring that the exposed metal is kept away from water and the air.
You may also select the finish you want. Stargates provide a variety of colours for gates, including traditional flat hues, wood-effect, textured surfaces, and non-standard choices. Each comes with a 10-year warranty to give you additional assurance.
Cleaning your gate
Professionally coated aluminium gates require little upkeep. However, if you want to keep yours in excellent condition for as long as possible, a little care and attention can go a long way. The Qualicoat paint utilized by Stargates is extremely durable, but it isn’t completely indestructible, and certain climatic conditions and environments may affect it over time. Dirt collects in nooks and gaps.
The paint on gates can also be broken down by insects and germs, which speeds up the deterioration process. The good news is that cleaning helps to minimize this danger. This is a very simple procedure; the only thing to keep in mind is not to do anything that might harm the gate’s protective coating.
Don’t use a pressure washer on your aluminium gate; if the paint is damaged, the force of a pressure washer will make matters worse. Cleaning your gates with water and a sponge or a hose is advised.
Gently go over the entire gate a few times, paying particular attention to areas where dirt and grime might gather. If you discover any spots that are difficult to clean, it’s okay to use a detergent, but be sure it doesn’t have any chemicals that will harm the barrier’s effectiveness.
Because a detergent might harm the finish on your gate, it’s best to avoid using corrosive products. It’s also important to note that any product you apply should be non-alkaline. Rinse the detergent with lukewarm water and allow the gate to dry naturally or use a cloth to dry before polishing for a better look.
A coated aluminium gate may be dented and scratched depending on how frequently it is used. Minor scratches and nicks may easily be removed with a non-abrasive cream cleanser. It’s possible to repair scratches using protective aluminium paint if they’re small enough. Clean the area around the scratch with a mild detergent and water before making sure it’s completely dry.
If you don’t have the paint at home, you may use a stain or painting technique to cover it with identical aluminium paint. if you’re having difficulties finding a paint that matches your gate, consult your supplier who can help you locate a comparable product. they might be able to provide an appropriate match, so you’ll have it on hand when the gates are put up.
The most frequent approach to repairing a ding is to spray paint it. Many automotive painters prefer that you spray paint the dent rather than attempting to fill it, particularly if the damage is significant. Paint will often be available in a spray can. If you discover a bigger dent, consider sanding down the surrounding region before repainting it. This should assist to smooth out the surface and allow for a more effective and long-lasting application.
The most common problems that automated gate owners face are chips and scratches, both of which can be fixed.
Repainting your gates
With very little effort, aluminium screen doors will retain their vibrancy and colour for many years without needing to be cleaned or maintained. Depending on the type of treatment used beforehand, a professional coating can endure between 15 and 20 years.
A gate coating’s resistance to the elements, corrosion, and chemicals makes it a more durable finish than paint or other liquid coats. Natural weathering, on the other hand, will have an impact on the overall look of the gates over time.
All of Stargates’ aluminium gate treatments come with a 10-year warranty. However, by the end of that time, it may be time to re-coat your gates. This will not only ensure that they are in excellent condition; it will also aid in the longevity of the aluminium beneath.
Painting your gates is a simple task. The gate should be cleaned thoroughly, and any rusted metal patches must be scraped using a wire brush to remove the rust. Any openings can be filled with epoxy metal putty, which may then be sanded and polished after it has dried.
Fences should be dust-free, filthy, oily, and any other type of oil must be removed. It’s critical to use a suitable primer before painting the entire gate. This will aid in the paint’s adhesion to the gate, resulting in a better hue and improved overall look. It also helps to increase the gate’s longevity.
Gates that are made from Aluminium are simple to maintain.
Aluminium gates, in comparison to many of the alternatives, are incredibly simple to maintain. They are both hardy and light, as well as weather-resistant and one of the most durable and practical choices for either a residential or commercial setting due to their ability to withstand a lot of abuse without altering their appearance.