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The Lifespan of Hardwood Gates

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We’ve talked a lot about the different types of hardwood gates available for homeowners today, such as detailing the pros and cons of metal and wood, as well as the different types of wood in the world of garden gates, however, longevity is an important factor. From Solid Oak to slow-grown Scandinavian Redwood, Siberian Larch or Western Red Cedar, it’s important to understand the difference between hardwoods and softwoods, as strength, durability and longevity can vary considerably.

Does hardwood always last longer?

As a general rule, the answer would be yes, especially when you consider species such as Solid Oak, Teak, and Iroko – all standout options thanks to their tough, dense structures, which naturally perform well against wear and rot. That said, this durability often comes with a heavier weight, a trickier installation and a higher price. For many homeowners seeking strength, durability and longevity at a more affordable price point, Scandinavian Redwood is a fine example. It remains one of the toughest materials used in outdoor construction due to the fact it grows slowly; the wood density is increased, giving you an excellent strength-to-weight ratio.

While many hardwood gates, such as those constructed of solid oak, can last for 30 years or more (with proper care and maintenance), a Scandinavian Redwood gate can be expected to last between 15 to 25 years, so it is a strong and durable option that’s also easier to work with.

A triad of premium quality materials: Idigbo, Iroko and Oak

There’s no easy way to define the absolute best type of gate for longevity, as it really depends on your individual requirements, budget, local conditions and the amount of maintenance you’re willing to carry out. That said, three of the most sought-after materials include Idigbo, Iroko or Oak hardwood. Our Alderley Edge Hardwood Garden Gate can be built in any of those three materials in made-to-measure sizes. Therefore, you’re guaranteed a robust construction that will serve you well for decades, but you have complete control over size, durability and style. With our Amersham design, additional strength comes from the superior quality hardwood construction, creating a bold design that’s fit for purpose and packed with character.

Enhancing durability with pressure-treated timber

As crucial as it is to consider the many different species of wood, there are certain enhancements that can also positively impact durability and longevity. Pressure-treated timber provides extra protection against decay, rot, pests and weathering. In recent weeks, we’ve seen just how much damage can be caused by weather alone, but pressure treatment (as well as a bit of TLC and general maintenance) can literally add years onto your softwood or hardwood gates.

Your gateway to longevity: Garden Gates Direct

As you can see, there are plenty of intricacies that affect the overall strength, style, character and life expectancy of your gate. Doing your research early on is important, because you can begin to better understand the type of material that will serve you well for the many years ahead. Nobody wants to have a gate installed only to find weaknesses and issues several years down the line.

At Garden Gates Direct, we have supplied thousands of wooden and hardwood gates across the whole of the UK. We’re only focused on ensuring you get the very best product for your needs, so whether your top priority is adding value to your home, elevating security or maximising privacy, we can answer your questions and make recommendations based on your needs. Our made-to-measure service is also ideal if you have a particular set of requirements in mind, so do not hesitate to reach out to us here or give us a call on 0844 804 5577.