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5 Things to Consider When Deciding Between a Wood or Metal Gate

5-things-to-consider-when-deciding-between-a-wood-or-metal-gateAlthough there are a wide range of styles and designs of gates to choose from, there are mainly two materials used for building them: wood and metal. When deciding between these two materials, it is important to consider some important factors that will define the lifespan of your gate. Once you learn about the pros and cons of each, then you can confidently select the material for your gate and have the peace of mind that you have made the right long-term decision.

Following are 5 things to consider when deciding between a wood or metal gate:

1. Durability

UV sun rays, heavy crosswinds, hail, and rainstorms can take their toll on a wooden gate. Wood becomes warped after the unending contracting and expanding cycles of enduring the intense summer heat and the winter moisture throughout the years. Apart from this, there’s another major threat to wood: termites. Termites can break down wood to twig-like weakness, given the time. On the other hand, these natural elements are ineffective against a metal gate.

2. Maintenance

As mentioned before, wood breaks down from enduring endless cycles of nature so proper maintenance and repairs becomes necessary to keep the gate intact and strong for years to come. Doing this requires money and time, regardless of whether you do it yourself or hire someone else. On the other hand, a metal gate will require virtually no maintenance or repairs. Metal such as steel and aluminum is naturally durable and maintenance-free, especially steel because it has non-rusting features.

3. Cost

When it comes to costs, most people prefer wood over metal as it seems relatively inexpensive and has low upfront cost of installation and materials. Apart from this, wood is an inexpensive raw material as it is easy to cut, carve, and hammer together. However, there are further costs associated with this material – annual maintenance and treatments costs add up with the passage of time. As compared to this, a metal gate is more expensive up front, but it has little to no extra costs -so the initial investment is all you will need to worry about as metal gate is built to last. So, a metal gate tends to be more cost-effective in the long-run.

4. Security

Metal is a preferable option when it comes to security as wood that has been weakened by natural elements is easy to snap, allowing easy access to thieves and intruders. And even if your wooden gate is well-maintained, it is still relatively easy to break through with a concerted effort. On the other hand, gaining entry through a metal gate would require a lot of effort, making it an ideal option when security is your main concern.

5. Aesthetics

There is a definitive visual appeal to the charm and warmth of wood. Wooden gates can complement the landscape, design, and architecture of a traditional style property very well. Metal gates on the other hand go well with state-of-the-art architecture. Therefore, it is recommended that you consider the architecture and design of your home before deciding whether to choose wood or metal for your main gate.

For top-notch automatic gates for your home or business, Superior Gate Services is the trusted local choice.  To get ideas and to see some recent examples of our work, take a look at our gallery page. When you are looking for a new gate or any related equipment, we welcome you to either contact us through our website or call us at (855) 747-4283 and one of our friendly representatives will be glad to answer any questions you have, or arrange a free consultation with no obligation.

We are also available 24/7 for emergency service anywhere in our service area, including cities such as Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Winchester, Hemet, San Jacinto, Perris, Fallbrook, Escondido, Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, and other surrounding cities.

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Yelp

I have to say that the service at Superior Gate Services was fantastic. Cindy first took my call and was super helpful and friendly.  We just bought a home that has an electric gate and we wanted it repaired and serviced.  She managed to get us into a slot the next day and called that next morning to give us a time range. Great follow-up! Our technician Sean (I hope I remembered his name correctly) was awesome and went through the repairs,  and gave several operating and home maintenance tips to my husband.  This company aims to please on all counts and delivers !!  We will be using them again and would definitely recommend them.


Kathy F - Fallbrook, CA

5.0
2016-06-21T16:27:20+00:00

Kathy F - Fallbrook, CA

I have to say that the service at Superior Gate Services was fantastic. Cindy first took my call and was super helpful and friendly.  We just bought a home that has an electric gate and we wanted it repaired and serviced.  She managed to get us into a slot the next day and called that next morning to give us a time range. Great follow-up! Our technician Sean (I hope I remembered his name correctly) was awesome and went through the repairs,  and gave several operating and home maintenance tips to my husband.  This company aims to please on all counts and delivers !!  We will be using them again and would definitely recommend them.

I got a quote the same afternoon I inquired, had the gate installed within a week, and Scott and his crew have always gone above and beyond to help out, even reconnecting my garage wires that the dog ripped out when they were just quoting me on the gate. If I've ever had any trouble, they go out of their way to come out promptly and help in anyway they can... Obviously without ever charging me for a visit. Highly recommend!!


Ashley L - San Diego, CA

5.0
2016-06-21T16:27:47+00:00

Ashley L - San Diego, CA

I got a quote the same afternoon I inquired, had the gate installed within a week, and Scott and his crew have always gone above and beyond to help out, even reconnecting my garage wires that the dog ripped out when they were just quoting me on the gate. If I've ever had any trouble, they go out of their way to come out promptly and help in anyway they can... Obviously without ever charging me for a visit. Highly recommend!!

Nothing but positive things to say about this company. I had called them last week first when my automatic gate stopped working but then remembered that I had a home warranty so told them never mind but then it ended up not being covered. So I emailed them back and they called me the next business day and came over within an hour! Scott came out and told me it just needed some tuning up and the actual opener was in good shape and one of the best ones. So he did a tune up and he helped me change the code for my gate opener!


Megan J - Temecula, CA

5.0
2016-06-21T16:28:14+00:00

Megan J - Temecula, CA

Nothing but positive things to say about this company. I had called them last week first when my automatic gate stopped working but then remembered that I had a home warranty so told them never mind but then it ended up not being covered. So I emailed them back and they called me the next business day and came over within an hour! Scott came out and told me it just needed some tuning up and the actual opener was in good shape and one of the best ones. So he did a tune up and he helped me change the code for my gate opener!

Called these guys off their positive yelp reviews after getting the run around from another contractor. They took my first service call and responded quickly and took care of the problem and worked around my schedule. Since that first call uv had two other properties needing their services and just like the first call no hassles. Show up take care of it and reasonable prices. They don't hit you with extras like some others do they fix the problem and then they do a full tune up and cleaning on the gate at the same time. My other contractor would charge extra to do the tune up. That's dumb. Just make it happen. That's what they do. They just make it happen without taking you to the bank. Thanks superior for being on the team, your a great asset.


Steve O - Temecula, CA

5.0
2016-06-21T16:28:39+00:00

Steve O - Temecula, CA

Called these guys off their positive yelp reviews after getting the run around from another contractor. They took my first service call and responded quickly and took care of the problem and worked around my schedule. Since that first call uv had two other properties needing their services and just like the first call no hassles. Show up take care of it and reasonable prices. They don't hit you with extras like some others do they fix the problem and then they do a full tune up and cleaning on the gate at the same time. My other contractor would charge extra to do the tune up. That's dumb. Just make it happen. That's what they do. They just make it happen without taking you to the bank. Thanks superior for being on the team, your a great asset.
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