Should I pay extra for galvanising my new gates
Galvanising – coating with a protective layer of zinc, will have a large impact on the longevity of your product. It is quite common to find ready made “of the shelf” gates, which are just powder-coated, and also made from hollow section, using thin steel. These gates will not last long, especially if the property is situated near the coast!
Custom made products will be made from thicker steel and hot dip galvanising is a perfect and very long lasting way of protecting steel from corrosion. Initially galvanised products will have a shiny silver finish. This is often enough for metal frames for raised decking, farm gates etc).
But for residential gates and railings there is a choice of matt, gloss and satin powder-coating. This is a method when the finish is applied as free-flowing dry powder in a special factories. It is used to create a hard wearing finish that is tougher than conventional paint.