Bespoke Quality Handmade Gates

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Read through our tips on maintaining different types of timber.

Oil based treatments or a stain which is absorbed by the wood can be applied to all kinds of timber to help them to withstand the rain and sunshine throughout the seasons.

A pin-prick hole in paintwork applied to a gate can allow moisture into the timber and cause rotting over time.


Hardwood - Iroko

Advantages :

* Durable, long lasting

* Unlikely to produce tannin

* Attractive wood grain

Disadvantages :

* Can be resistant to finishes such as paint

* There can be colour variations

Harwood - Idigbo

Advantages :

* Durable, long lasting

* Attractive wood grain

Disadvantages :

* High acid content can react with finishes and cause corosion in contact with metal

* Contains a water soluble yellow dye that can leach out when wet

* Can leach black pigment/tannin which can be treated or sanded to remove

Hardwood - Oak

Advantages :

* Great strength and hardness

* Naturally resistant to insect and fungal attacks

Disadvantages :

* Prone to movement (twisting, bowing, splitting) which should not effect the integrity of the timber but will be visible

* Will contain knots, checks and markings

Pressure Treated Softwood Gates

Advantages :

* Cheaper option for customers with budget contstraints

Disadvantages :

* Warping and cracking

* TGV gates can appear 'blown' or have gaps appear over time

Changing manual to automated gates :

If you would like to pay for gates now and then automate them at a later date you need to be aware of the following ;

* The gates need to be made with the final automation in mind

*The furniture fitted to a gate would need to be removed for automation which would leave holes in the wood that would require filling

* You would need an electrical supply for the automation process