A New Garden Gate – a Good Investment?

Garden gates serve many purposes – they make your garden and home more secure, they are aesthetically pleasing, and they mark the boundary of your garden. Over time, garden gates get damaged and weathered, making them less efficient and useful, and potentially meaning that they no longer serve their purpose. At the very least, they can begin to look shabby and can detract from the appearance of your home.

A new garden gate can be a very good investment for your home. There will be an initial cost, of course, but it will be an investment rather than an expense. You can buy a garden gate online or from a retailer that is good value for money, offering you a lot in return for your investment. Garden gates might be made of metal, but more often than not, they will be made of timber, creating a premium aesthetic that will suit both modern and traditional homes.

Metal Railings for Gardens

Gardens need to be protected and looked after, but as it’s your garden, you don’t want this to look oppressive, or to intrude on the beauty of your home. Metal railings could be a preferable solution, providing a decorative yet protective feature to keep your garden more secure. Metal railings come in many different styles and sizes, so it should be a simple process to find railings that you love for your home.

Metal railings are usually used with gates, fences and walls, though they could also be used on their own depending on the height of the railings. Usually though, the more aesthetically pleasing home railings are positioned on top of a garden wall or alongside a garden gate to provide the right height and the best appearance. Quality metal railings don’t have to detract from the appearance of your garden; they can become a part of it, as well as offering a higher degree of protection and security for you and your property.

What styles of metal railing can you choose for your garden?

There are various styles of metal railing available for your to choose from depending on your tastes. The most popular style is black wrought iron, which offers a timeless, classic appearance that will complement both modern properties and more traditional homes. These types of wrought iron metal gates and railings can look beautiful with period properties such as cottages, working in line with their traditional aesthetic, as well as looking great with a new build property. One of the great things about wrought iron fencing is that it won’t go out of fashion any time soon, so you’re investing in railings that will still look beautiful on your property for many years to come.

How can you buy metal railings?

You can find metal railings to buy online for very reasonable prices. If you’re using them on top of a wall to create a perimeter fence, you need to make sure they’re the right size – not too high, but also high enough to make them worthwhile. If you’re using them to fence off an existing garden of any types or size, though, it’s still important that you choose the right dimensions so that they fencing will do its job well. Be sure to measure the are where you want your fencing to go properly so you know you are picking the right size.

It is cost effective and simple to order metal railings for your property online. Look through the options and find the railing designs that appeal to you, before placing your order and making sure you’ve been completely accurate with the measuring. Some railing and gate companies will help you by offering installation too, but many people are able to install their railings themselves with nothing but basic DIY skills.

In short, metal wrought iron railings come in many styles, are great decoratively and create perimeter or boundary fences for additional security. Wrought iron metal railings can make a great addition to homes and gardens of all shapes and sizes.

Could you have an Automatic Garage Door?

Some of the most effective types of garage door are automatic, but would they be right for you? Would they offer you the degree of security and control that you’re looking for? If you are in the market for a new garage door, automatic should definitely be something that’s on your radar. It’s a great opportunity to have a door that’s more functional and allows you to improve speed, convenience and everyday activities.

If you’re wondering whether you could have an automatic garage door, it will essentially come down to two things:

  1. Your budget. Of course, an automatic door will cost more. It’s up to you whether or not this is in your budget.
  2. Your electricity supply. Having an automatic door hooked up to your electric circuit means you’ll need a supply in the garage. Make sure this is available. If it is, then you should be able to have an automatic garage door.

What to Consider for Up and Over Garage Doors

Up and over garage doors are one of the most popular types of garage door on the market. They are the type most people will be familiar with – they have a classic opening mechanism where they swing open outwards through the use of a manual handle. If you are looking for a new garage door in the near future, an up and over door will most likely be your first port of call.

If this is your first time buying a garage door for your home (and it’s quite likely that it is, as garage doors last for many years), the decision making process doesn’t need to take forever – but it does need to be thorough. These are some of the key decisions you’ll need to make before investing in a new up and over garage door:

  • Budget. Look online and browse garage doors to get a good idea of prices. Many suppliers also hold seasonal sales, where you can buy an up and over garage door for considerably less money. If you already have preferred brands and retailers, keep an eye out for their sales.
  • Aesthetics. Once you have been browsing garage doors for a while, you will quickly become familiar with what you do and don’t like in terms of appearance. This will help you to make a decision based on how you want your new door to look and how well it will complement your home. There are different RAL colours you can choose, as well as different materials. For example, you might prefer a timber door, or just a timber finish for a lower price.
  • Retailers. Not every garage door retailer has the same stock. Track down a retailer that stocks your chosen door brands or, do things the other way round and choose a reliable retailer, then see what doors they have available. If they have a showroom where you can see the doors you like in person, even better.

Once you have started browsing and have addressed these decisions, you are in a good position to start thinking about buying a new garage door. Take the time to understand what is out there, what works for your home and what works for you.

What if an up and over garage door isn’t the right option for you?

You will probably realise that an up and over door isn’t for you quite quickly if you are looking for a new one and have a specific search criteria. For example, you may want an automated garage door that opens using an electrical opening system. Do bear in mind that you can attach a garage door opener to an up and over door, either at installation or in the future if you want to upgrade. If you still think an up and over door isn’t for you, the other types of garage door you can choose are roller shutter doors, sectional garage doors, round the corner garage doors and side hinged garage doors.

Do You Need a Professional to Fit Cladding?

Cladding is a material that can be fitted to the outside of a building to change its appearance, make it more weatherproof and give better insulation. Wood cladding is a popular choice for garden buildings, and perhaps annexes – it is often used on and around homes. It might also be used on large blocks of flats or commercial eco buildings. If you are carrying out a DIY project to build a shed or garage, you may be able to fit decking yourself. Feather edge cladding is usually a good option for this, as the edges make it easier to line up for a neat appearance.

Cladding that is being installed onto a large building is going to be more difficult to manage and a professional installation process is usually required. This is especially important if the cladding is being fitted onto a large building where working at height could be a risk and trained professionals are better placed to complete the job.