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The kind of wood used for your gate will dictate not only how beautiful it will turn out to be, but also how durable it will be. As a form of security that helps you keep people away from a piece of property (or at least a part of it), one has to think about how long it will last and how well it can endure different kinds of weather and season.
This is why you have to understand what your wooden gates are made of. At Oxley, we want you to have the best quality wooden gates that fits the budget you are working with.
Oak is one of the most versatile kinds of wood you’ll ever see, which explains why its use often pushes the total cost of your gate to go up. This, however, is understandable. From the creamy white tone of the sapwood, to the golden brown shade of the heartwood, oak is definitely one of the most beautiful kinds of wood. The best part about oak is the fact that when left untreated, it shows even more of its glory as time passes.
When it comes to durability, there is no question at all that its strength and hardness is exceptional. It also has high tannin content, making it resistant to insect and fungal attack.
A very durable kind of hardwood, Iroko has a unique appearance with its light yellow to golden brown hues and coarse texture. Also known as “African Oak”, it is a great option for external gates. It does not wear out easily, and is very resistant to decay. This makes it a great alternative to our usual English Oak.
Sapele is extremely similar to Mahogany and is often used in its place. It is characterized by its dark reddish brown color and has a common choice in gates because it is easy to stain. It is perfect for those working under a smaller budget. However, the savings on cost also comes with a trade-off. Because it has a higher moisture content compared to Iroko or Oak, it is also more likely to move. Of course, with the use of adjustable hinges, this problem can be contained.
Characterized by yellowish to light brown shades, it’s an excellent choice for timber if you want something that’s just right in weight, is easy to work with, and is durable and stable enough for its purpose. It is not as available however, which explain why it has a higher price tag on it as well.
Accoya is a product of wood acetylation, where the ability of wood to absorb and release water is reduced by about 80%. Because of this, the need for maintenance is reduced, and fungi and insects do not attack it. Yes, it is still real wood, with only its cell structure altered to give it the number of benefits that it now has.
Softwood comes in different forms, with the most common of them all being Redwood. Another great option for those with a budget, it does need some extra maintenance work to make sure it does what it needs to do over long periods of time. However, you also have the option to go for more durable softwoods like Siberian Larch or Western Red Cedar, which are more expensive than the Redwood but are a lot more durable.With so many options as far as materials are concerned, you can really get the qualities you’re looking for at the budget that you have.