Gates are entry points that control access, but they can also serve as pure decoration. They can be as small and straightforward as a wooden pedestrian path entryway or as massive and complex as the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Regardless of their size and detail, they serve the same function.
When deciding how to identify and secure your home or business entryway, consider options that are not only functional but also fashionable. Once you determine your gates primary purpose you can customise, consider creating a unique gate that makes a statement. At this point, you should choose the material for your gate construction. Today, there are numerous options, wood, PVC, aluminium, steel, and wrought iron. Each with its own pro and con list, however for an upscale fence and gate a steel or wrought iron finish will provide the look you want and the security you need.
A Brief Summary of Wrought Iron and Steel
Wrought iron could be historically defined as “worked iron,” due to past methods for blacksmiths working the material, and, it is generally considered a good finish. This iron had a low carbon content (less than 0.08%) and contained slag intrusions that provided a “wood grain” type appearance. Wrought iron has been used since the 13th century, however in modern times is mostly found in reclaimed materials. In the fencing industry today, wrought iron gates are no longer composed of wrought iron, due to cost and material availability, but are commonly constructed of galvanised mild steel. The mild steel is produced to emulate the wrought iron properties and exclusive appearance.
Large-scale steel production began in the 17th century with the advent of more advanced production methods. Iron is the primary metal that composes steel when combined with carbon and other elements. Today steel is used for major construction and infrastructure, car manufacturing and heavy machinery among other things. As more efficient production methods are developed, steel becomes more versatile, and steel’s list of common uses continues to expand. In the fencing industry steel is a heartier alternative to aluminium, while still allowing for creative ornamentation. It has an elegant style that does not slack on security.
Gates in Melbourne
Today a wrought iron or steel gate is an ornamental investment in your home or business. Due to their inherent properties, it’s possible to craft these materials into beautiful Victorian, Art Deco or Modern designs. For your investment choose a 100% customisable gate to provide the optimal optics.
If you are looking to accentuate your home’s natural splendour or provide security for your company office, there are fashionable gate options that keep you secure in the most glamourous way possible so that you can feel secure and safe without the look and feel of Fort Knox.
Long Life Gates has been in the gate business for over 40 years. We create customised designs for each specific location to ensure your gate is both functional and beautiful. Contact us to discuss how we can help you create your ornamental wrought iron or steel gate in Melbourne.