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Steel gates are popular because of their classic stylish look, as well as for the aura of durability and security that it gives off. However, a lot of people shy away from them as a gating option simply because they feel that a lot of maintenance work goes into it as well.
But do steel gates rust and need constant painting? At Oxley gates, we hot dip galvanize and powder-coat our gates, which means that rust and frequent repainting are not an issue.
The Hot Dip Galvanizing Process
Traditionally, steel gates are given a glossy black finish, often by hand-painting them. Not only does this process take a lot of time, it also incurs more costs and would trigger the frequent need for repainting. This is exactly what we’re trying to avoid.
The hot dip galvanizing process is a lengthy one, but still takes less time than painting and repainting your entire gate. Each step involved ensures that the future need for maintenance is minimized, giving you real value for your investment.
Especially important in the entire process is the part where the gates are given a molten zinc bath. Through this step, every part of each tube is covered in molten zinc, which effectively prevents your gate from rusting both from the inside and from the outside.
The Powder-Coating Process
After the hot dip galvanizing process, our steel gates are given its sleek finish through powder-coating. It basically involves heat-fusing the dry powder coating onto the galvanized gate. This is the same process used in the automobiles, as well as for a lot of industrial and architectural products. This means extra durability and a long-lasting effect that dramatically reduces long-term costs that come with repainting.
As if these benefits of powder-coating are not enough, the material used for this coat is also solvent-free. Solvent is a common ingredient in liquid paints, something extremely harmful to the environment. This is why powder-coating is definitely a better alternative. Sure, the cost could be higher – for now. But if you think about how much the environment will pay for the damage caused (as well as the costs that would come with the long-term need for repainting and additional maintenance work), the investment is more than worth it.
Definitely, a steel gate is perfect for those who want a secure entryway that has a classy visual appeal at the same time. And don’t think that steel gates can only come in black – although glossy black is a popular finish, our steel gates can also come in a variety of other colours. This ensures that you get the final look that best matches your taste and preference.With Oxley Gates, we make sure that you get everything you deserve – not just in form, but in terms of function as well. You can choose from three motor options – underground, articulated arm, or ram – depending on what your budget limits are and what you believe will be the most efficient solutions that would match what you need.