Wooden gates are available made from both Hardwood and Softwood Tree Species. Modern treatments mean that softwood gates can be dipped or coated with a variety of products to increase the longevity of the product.
Hardwoods, such as Iroko, are slow grown and the close grain provides long lasting and sturdy hardwood gates. All timber gates will require periodic maintenance with preservatives or oils to maintain their appearance and water resistance. A well looked after pair of hardwood entrance gates can keep their appearance and integrity for 20 years or more.
Timber is a natural product and will be susceptible to movement and cracks. The point of stress on an automatic wooden gate is the point at which the gate operator is fixed to the gate. Your electricgatequote.co.uk gate specialist will ensure that the gate design and materials provide a suitable mounting point for the electric gate motor.
Close boarded timber gates
Close boarded timber gates (top image) are a popular choice for automation and provide good privacy. Boarded gates available from Beninca Network Installers include: Arch Top, Dip Top and Flat Top in fully boarded of half boarded designs. A craftsman built hardwood gate is thing of beauty and, properly maintained, will remain so whilst offering many years of reliable service. This type of gate can be fitted with underground gate operators or post mounted gate operators.
N.B Close boarded gates are wind affected.
• In windy conditions a large amount of force pushes on the gate, which will act like a sail.
• In order to cope with this the electric gate motors must produce a lot of power.
Three points to note from this are:
• The Gate Operators selected must be upgraded to suit this task.
• The large forces produced must be protected and Gate Safety equipment will be paramount.
• It is beneficial to keep the gate size (area) to the minimum that is required.
Open pattern timber gates & five bar gates
Open pattern and five bar timber gates (middle image) are a popular choice on rural properties, this type of gate has a more rustic aesthetic appeal. Generally lighter than close boarded gates and not wind affected in the same way. The grain of high quality timber and the skill of the joiner combine to produce some beautiful gate designs to enhance any property.
Five bar gates built specifically for an electric gate system will be fitted with heavy cross members in order to provide a strong mounting point for the electric gate operator. These gates can be built to suit both underground and post mounted Beninca gate operators.
Steel framed gates
A combination of steel frame and timber cladding, steel framed gates (bottom image) offer you the rigidity of steel (important if you are choosing to automate your gates), with the warm aesthetic appearance of timber.