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Metal Gates vs Wooden Gates: Which One Should I Choose?

Metal gates and wooden gates: there are many similarities, but also many differences. How do you know which material to choose for your gates? Use this guide to help you decide on the best type of fencing and gates for your premises.

Sectors where metal gates and wooden gates are most commonly used

Metal gates and wooden gates lend themselves to use in different sectors and industries. These are some of their most common uses:

  • Metal gates: commercial, educational and sports settings
  • Wooden gates: residential, agricultural and educational settings
  • Points to consider when choosing metal or wooden gates

One of the main factors to consider is the gate supplier. As long as you source products from a reputable supplier of fences and gates, you can trust in their quality. If you do this, the choice between metal and wood largely comes down to personal preference, and the way in which you will be using the gate. Here are some more aspects to think about:

  • How strong will the gate be? Both metal and wooden gates can be very strong and robust. However, more metal gates are designed for security, such as steel palisade gates. Metal palisades can be a good option where high security is essential. Wooden gates can easily withstand regular use, though, and often have features such as weather capping rails to protect them and extend their lifespan.
  • What will the gate look like? Aesthetics are very important when choosing a gate. For homes, wood is the logical choice – timber makes a great first impression when used for garden gates and driveway gates. Metal gates for public and commercial environments are available in various colours and finishes to customise their appearance.
  • How will the gate be used? If you are using a gate in a specific way, this will dictate the type you choose. For example, if you need a boundary fence or a railing for a school with built-in access, this will inevitably be metal (mesh systems and ROSPA railings/gates are the most practical choices here). If you want an aesthetically pleasing gate for an entrance, your best option will be timber. If security is your top priority, steel palisades are the way to go.
  • What fencing will the gate be used with? If you have existing fencing, such as wooden boundary fencing around a field, you will need a gate that matches. If you’re installing a whole new fence and gate system, you can choose between metal or wood depending on your preferences.
  • What types of gates are available? It’s worth familiarising yourself with the types of gates you can choose and considering how these would suit your purpose. Our website is sorted into useful categories so you can choose fencing based on your sector and your requirements.

As fence and gate suppliers and installers, we can give you all the advice you need when selecting an appropriate gate. To find out more, please call us on 01582 665 779, email or send us a message.