It is time I explained the process for manufacturing sliding, swinging and pedestrian gates from aluminium. There are many benefits but the end result is the longevity of the product and substantial savings for our customers.
When you buy a gate from Auto Gates Brisbane you are dealing with the manufacturer and the installer of the product. We also install the Italian manufactured “Nice” brand of motors. Where we differ to some of our competitors is we handle the job from start to finish, where they might sell you a gate manufactured by someone else and only install the access equipment.
Making your purchase from us means that you are dealing with only one company instead of two or three and you save money because we don’t have to add a margin to the gates, you get factory direct prices.
All our gates are manufactured from the best quality T5 or T6 aluminium with the “T” designating the “Temper” or the physical properties of aluminium.
Manufacturing gates from Aluminium gives you a big advantage, it is much lighter than steel and kilo for kilo is 7 times stronger than steel.
Alloy gates are lighter and because of the huge weight difference, the equipment such as motors, wheels and rollers will be handling lighter loads and consequently the gear will last much longer. Aluminium does not rust so a powder coated aluminium gate and components will far outlast one made from steel.
While I was writing this I had a call from a gentleman looking for replacement wheels for his 2 year old steel sliding gate Wheels on an aluminium sliding gate can last for up to 10 years and beyond depending on usage.
All our gates are T.I.G welded. The letters “T.I.G” are an abbreviation for Tungsten Inert Gas.
TIG welding can be used for aluminium, stainless steel or mild steel but is more commonly used for aluminium and stainless. TIG is not “time” effective for steel as it takes longer than MIG welding so steel is usually MIG or stick welded.
The TIG welding process works like this – heat is generated by an electric arc jumping off a Tungsten electrode creating a pool of molten aluminium. The heat of the pool is controlled by increasing or decreasing the amps on the welder. The aluminium welding wire is fed into the molten pool by hand much like braising or soldering. The weld is cleansed by an inert or non explosive gas such as Argon.
As you can see from the photos, after grinding and sanding of the aluminium weld followed by powder coating, you cannot see where the weld was so the end result is aesthetically superior and the gate and components will last much longer.
Give us a call today for a free site visit and quote, you will be pleasantly surprised at the savings and you will be very happy with the end result.