Timber Gates can be automated using the correct equipment but they do need to be designed correctly for automation purposes. LCS Gates & Barriers have access to many manufacturers of Automatic Timber Gates all of whom make fantastic Gates. Depending on your specific requirements will decide where we purchase your gates from.
All of the timber gates we supply will be 70mm thickness with professionally manufactured mortise and tenon joints which have been glued with additional dowels for strength. They also have bracing built into the gates to prevent them from sagging once hung.
Your new Timber Gate is a “live” thing and they do expand and contract during the seasons. Ideally we recommend that all gates are manufactured from hard wood to keep this movement to a minimum. Our preference being Iroko hard wood giving a beautiful finish. We suggest that Timber Gates are finished with an oil, this is the easiest way to keep them looking great and takes much less time to refinish at a later date. There are other types of finish which can be used, or they can be left to “silver” over time.
Should you decide to go for painted gates, we recommend that a different timber such as Sapele is used. This gives a great finish and the paint makes a good bond with the timber. Iroko is not recommended for painting due to it being an oily timber causing the paint to flake.
Please get in contact with us if you have any further questions regarding timber gates.