When choosing a security gate for installation to your property, most people decide they want it to be iron. Where people struggle is knowing whether or not they want a solo gate or a dual gate. A solo gate is a single moving frame and a dual gate features two frames that move oppositely. Let’s explore the pros and cons of each to better help you decide which gate is the best option for you.
The advantages of dual frame swinging gates is that they require less swing distance and they are relatively easy to install since the gate’s weight is distributed across two individual frames. Double gates offer a more balanced and traditional look, some would even say they give a more elegant look as well. They also open faster because they have dual operated motors.
The cons of dual frame swinging gates are that you will need dual operates which makes them more expensive and they tend to need more maintenance over time.
For these types of gates, you only need one operator, so they are less expensive than dual frame swinging gates. They are easier to open since only one frame needs to be opened. On the other hand, solo frame gates need twice as much distance to open since there is only one long gate. They are also more challenging to install because of their weight.
Having a gate offers so much protection, as well as aesthetic appeal to your home. Iron gates are the most popular because people favor the look of them. But, there are also wooden gates and several other types to choose from. Reach out to a gate specialist at OC Gates today for more information.
It’s a fact of life for a wrought iron gate: it will eventually rust. Unfortunately, iron rusts easily.
Your automatic gate is one feature of your house that offers both security and beauty, so you’ll want to keep working and looking its best. When rust appears on the surface, you want to know how to remove and restore your electronic gate as soon as possible.
First, you’ll need to remove any rust and old paint in the affected area. Use a wire brush to scrape off the rust and paint. Be sure to scrub the tight places where rust can’t easily be seen. If you have heavy rust, call the experts at OC Gates.
Next, sand the affected area with coarse-grade sandpaper. When the rust is gone, go over the area with a medium-grade sandpaper to smooth it out. Then, buff the area down with steel wool, then wash it off with soapy water.
The next step is to neutralize the rust. Tiny rust particles can be left behind and can be removed with a commercial rust neutralizer or you can use a vinegar and lemon juice mixture.
Next, paint over the area with a rust-inhibiting primer for metal surfaces and allow it to fully dry. Then apply two coats of rust-resistant paint over the primer.
Regular maintenance to help prevent rust is important. Wash your gate with soapy water a few times a year. Oil all latches and springs, and use steel wool to stay on top of any rust that develops, followed with a vinegar and lemon juice mixture to neutralize.
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A new driveway gate says a lot about a house and the homeowner. It shows that you are willing to invest in your property and make your home safer and more secure. Choosing the right material for your new gate is an important decision. We carry several styles and materials, so let us take you through the materials we have to offer.
The most popular choice of materials for gates is ornamental metal. Metal has lasting power, it’s not as pricey as other materials and it’s a relatively low-maintenance product. Ornamental metal offers many options as far a looks are concerned. It can be painted any color of your choice and can even be painted to mimic woodgrain.
If you’re looking for a contemporary, sleek look – especially if you have a modern home – an iron driveway gate may be your best bet. Iron gives your property’s gate entrance a classy feel. Iron stands up to all types of weather as well.
Chain link gates can be a simple and inexpensive way to provide added security to your property. Although they are not the considered the best when it comes to potential impact or long lasting, especially when compared to metal or iron gate installation options.
For the traditionalist, wood is always a good option. Painted wood is usually better for the budget-conscious homeowner, but stained wood usually does cost more. A beautiful, natural wood gate can increase the curb appeal of your home. Wood, however, does require more maintenance.