Why Wrought Iron instead of Aluminum

 

WHY NO ALUMINUM GATES OR FENCE?

Many companies offer aluminum gate and fence products. Why don’t we? Our supplier has been working with steel for the past 19 years and we continue to be impressed by its strength and longevity. While aluminum has become popular for gates and fence due to its corrosion resistance, our supplier finds that steel is a stronger alternative. With a Hot Dipped Galvanized undercoat and a baked on Powder Coat finish, a steel gate or fence will outlast an aluminum gate or fence. That’s why our manufacturer offers a LIFETIME WARRANTY on the steel frame of our gates.

 

Our Gates and Fence are Dipped, Not Painted

During the Hot Dip Galvanizing process, the gate or fence is dipped in multiple solutions including the molten zinc that cover the inside and outside of the tubes. This 12-step process prevents the gate from rusting from the inside out. Our supplier doesn’t paint on our galvanizing.

 

Our Gates are Powder Coated

Our gates are not only hot dipped galvanized, but are also finished with a TIGER Drylac Powder Coat. The powder coat is applied with an electrostatic spray gun then melted and chemically cross-linked at substrate temperatures of betOur supplieren 160 and 200°C (320-400°F). The resulting coat finish is smooth and durable, the same as powder coatings used in the automobile, construction and architectural industries. And our powder coatings are environmentally friendly because they are solvent free, unlike liquid coatings, and do not pollute the air, soil or groundwater!

Below is what a hot dipped galvanized steel gate with a beatiful powder coat looks like (our Hyde Park driveway gate).

chemical process

 

Our Gates are Strong, Easy to Install, Easy to Maintain

Steel is a stronger alternative to aluminum. It is heavier and resists impact. The weight of the gate can generally be managed by two people.  Our installation can be done by two people without machinery.

broken gate
Another manufacturer’s Aluminum Gate (not our FDD Gate)

 

Quality Gates, Quality Gate Openers

A steel gate is managed easily by the selection of openers, matched to the gate requirements. Most professional openers feature a soft start and stop and are designed to handle the weight of a gate. If you already own a lesser rated opener that requires a lighter gate, you might want to consider aluminum.

Our gates and fence will not sag under weight or stress. This allows for longer fence panels and thus larger post holes which means less labor on a fence installation and wider, stronger gate leaves.

Video of our production plant and the making of an FDD Gate.
Have questions? 780-465-2996

When is Aluminum Better?

Shipping costs for aluminum are typically cheaper since the fence or gates will weigh less. So if shipping costs are your primary concern, aluminum may be a better choice. Please be sure to compare all the extras (such as bringing the gate to your site, and not just to the shipping terminal for you to pick up) included in your shipping costs from other gate companies, as these can add up. Our supplier doesn’t charge you any more than the shipping company and our supplier gets a significant discount. These savings are passed along.

An aluminum gate or fence does fare reasonably well for our conditions for a certain amount of time. If you do choose aluminum be sure that it is protected with a baked on or dipped powder coat finish so your gates or fence do not lose their finish and eventually corrode. Rust-oleum paint is often recommended to maintain the gate’s finish — it is a good idea to do this frequently with Aluminum gates that are not protected by a powder coat finish.

If your primary concern is corrosion resistance, we suggests you use steel with a Hot-Dipped Galvanized undercoat and a powder coated finish which will outlast aluminum and paint and look much better.

If you have any questions or concerns about using steel compared to aluminum, please give us a call at 780-465-2996.

 


bent fence
Bent Aluminum Fence Panel
(not an Our supplier Product)

Broken aluminum
Broken Aluminum Post
(not an Our supplier product)