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Choose a Gate To Make a Statement

Steel GateSteel GateIt is difficult to walk down the street and find a house without at least one gate these days. 

Whether it is an electric sliding gate, or a swing gate, it has become an integral part of our security to have security gates on our properties.

Gates can add an aesthetic touch to your home, depending on the design and style you choose. There are many modern steel designs to choose from, and choosing an aesthetically appealing gate will add a touch of beauty to

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your home while giving you the security you need to protect your home and family.

Adding a security feature like security gates add value to your property too, and provide you with the necessary protection to keep unwanted people out of your property, and your children and animals safe inside your property.

A little time and patience is all you need to find beautifully designed gates that are both functional and beautiful.

For a free quotation on your security gate requirements, contact Country Wide Walling today!

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Should I paint over my worn out fencing or gate?

Outdoor maintenance can make your home more welcoming,worn metal fence and it can make a big difference to the value of your home and the surrounding properties. If you have a fence and a gate around your property, it’s important to maintain the structure so that it will last and add to value of your home.

So how do you take care of a metal or timber fence or gate when it gets old or worn out and begins to rust or flake?

Your first thought might be to give it a fresh paint job so that it looks new again on the outside. Painting over rust or wood rot, however, is a very temporary fix that may only last up to one season before the rust and flaking resurface. Painting will not solve the problem. If you notice rusting or flaking, the metal or timber under the paint has worn out. Not only will your fencing look unattractive on the outside, but it will no longer be providing a protective barrier to your property as the material will be easily breakable.

So the answer to the question ‘Should I paint over my worn out fence or gate?’ is generally ‘No’.

When it gets to this stage it’s important to replace the worn out material in question, rather than using a temporary fix to solve the problem. Over a few seasons of repainting you will end up spending a considerable amount anyway, so why not address the underlying problem right away and save in the longer-term?

Go with powdercoating

When replacing the fencing or gate we would recommend going with a powdercoated steel orpowdercoating palisade aluminium option. Powdercoating is a method of treating and colouring metal that’s made to last for years, and particularly when paired with aluminium which is resistant to rust, the replacement fence and gate will be an extremely long-term investment.

What if I change my mind about my powdercoating colour?

  • Powdercoated fencing and gates are built to last so long that the reality is the reason you’ll want to update them won’t be because they’re worn out, but because you fancy a change of colour! So what happens if you want to change the paint colour on your powdercoated fencing? 
  • Painting over a powdercoated fence is absolutely possible and doesn’t have to be challenging – just follow these tips:

Choose a well ventilated area

paint and brushIf your fence is already installed and you’re painting with a brush, you’re all set: your fence is already outdoors. But if you’ve chosen to spray paint you might prefer to take your fence apart and paint it in pieces to avoid getting spray paint on your lawn or the footpath. If this is the case leave the garage door open while you paint inside, or lay down sheets in the garden and do it out in the open.

Clean the surface prior to painting

The best way to clean powdercoated fences is with a basic all-purpose cleaner. You may gently use steel wool to remove grease or dirt that won’t come off. It may be easier to clean a section of the fence, and then paint that section before moving on to the next section so that the surface is freshly cleaned when paint is applied.

Is priming necessary?

No, another benefit of having a powdercoated metal fence or gate is that it does not require any priming to paint over it like a rusty metal fence would.

Paint with spray paint or a brushspraypainting palisade

Spray painting is usually the easiest way to paint a fence or gate, but it must be done outdoors or in an extremely well ventilated area. Spray paint looks like freshly powder coated steel or aluminium when it’s finished, and only requires the painter to follow the instructions on the can. Usually, brush painting is a second option when spray painting is not feasible, or when the area for painting is not as well ventilated, but it can also be used to create the look of a grain in the fence or gate. Make sure to choose paint that is safe for outdoor use

For a free quotation, please contact Country Wide Walling today.

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Steel Gate Safety

sliding steel security gateMaking sure our homes or businesses are safe by installing good quality walling or fencing is not our only priority.

We also need to ensure that we have strong gates which are working properly.

To ensure the gates are in good working condition, it is advisable to check them regularly to ensure they are functioning as they should be.

Check regularly that there is nothing on the gate tracks to prevent it from closing properly, e.g. mud or debris. Once the gate is stopped from closing by any obstacle, it will merely open again, and will then give easy access to your property.

anti vandalismYou can also install an anti-vandalism bracket on your gate, to prevent anyone from tampering with it, and thus giving easy access. Another good idea is to have an anti-crashing kit fitted which links to your alarm system. This will ensure that the alarm is activated should anyone try to tamper with the gate.

Whether you choose steel swinging gates, or steel sliding gates, always check to see that they are in proper working condition.

Steel gates are a very good option, as they do not offer easy access to your properly as would for instance a wooden gate.

If you would like more information on steel sliding gates, or steel swing gates, or for a free quotation, please do not hesitate to contact us at Country Wide Walling. Our consultants will be happy to assist you

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