Metal Side Gates in London: Weathering the Storm

London’s climate, with its rain, humidity, and occasional frost, can be tough on metal side gates. But with the right choice of materials and a keen eye for style, your gate can stand strong and beautiful for years to come. 

This guide covers everything you need to know, from choosing the perfect gate to keeping it in top shape while navigating London’s unique property landscape.

Choosing the Right Side Gate Material for London’s Climate

London’s temperate maritime climate brings frequent rain, high humidity, and the occasional frost. These conditions can accelerate rust and corrosion on metal gates. Choosing the right material is crucial for ensuring your side gate’s longevity and minimising maintenance efforts.

Metal Side Gates in London for Weathering the Storm

Steel: The Ideal Side Gates Material Choice for London 

  • Pros: Stronger and more durable than wrought iron, steel gates offer superior security. They are often galvanised (coated with zinc) or powder-coated, providing an extra layer of protection against rust and corrosion.
  • Cons: While more resistant than wrought iron, steel still requires some maintenance to prevent rust, especially in areas with chipped or scratched coatings. It may also be heavier to install than aluminium.

We exclusively offer steel gates that are galvanised and powder-coated for a virtually rust-free and low-maintenance finish. This makes steel the ideal choice for London’s weather. It is stronger and more durable than wrought iron, offering superior security and longevity.

Our Side Gate Options 

Our side gates can be made see-through or with a powder-coated backing sheet for privacy, allowing you to tailor the gate to your specific needs and preferences.

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Side Gate Styles to Suit Every London Property

  • Traditional: Ornate designs, often featuring scrollwork or spear-top finials.
  • Modern: Sleek lines, geometric patterns, or minimalist aesthetics.
  • Period-Specific: Matching the architectural style of historic London homes.
  • Popular London Styles:
    • Victorian-inspired designs, particularly common in historic areas like South West (SW) and South East (SE) London.
    • Black metal for a classic look, often seen in leafy suburbs such as those in the Twickenham (TW) postcode area.
    • Modern geometric patterns, favoured in contemporary developments across North (N) and West (W) London.

Security Considerations for London Homes and Businesses

Installing a sturdy metal side gate with a reliable lock significantly enhances the security of both residential and commercial properties in London.

  • Deterring Intruders: A formidable metal gate acts as a strong visual and physical deterrent, discouraging potential intruders from attempting to access your property.
  • Protecting Assets: Metal side gates provide secure access points for businesses and high-value residential properties, safeguarding valuable equipment, inventory, or personal belongings.
  • Integrating with Technology: Modern metal gates can be seamlessly integrated with smart locks, alarms, and access control systems for an added layer of security. These technologies allow remote monitoring, access logging, and even automatic locking/unlocking for ultimate convenience and control.
  • Increasing Property Value: A well-maintained, attractive metal gate not only enhances curb appeal but also signals to potential buyers that your property is well-protected, making it more desirable in London’s competitive market.

By incorporating a metal gate into your property’s security plan, you create a robust solution that protects your assets, deters intruders, and ultimately adds value to your property.

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Maintaining Your Steel Side Gate in London 

With our galvanised and powder-coated steel gates, maintenance is minimal.Follow these simple steps to ensure the longevity of your side gate.

  • Regular Cleaning: Remove dirt, debris, and salt deposits to prevent corrosion.
  • Rust Prevention and Treatment: Inspect for rust and apply protective coatings as needed.
  • Painting and Refinishing: Refresh the gate’s appearance and protect against the elements.

Specific London Challenges

  • Narrow alleyways, prevalent in older parts of London like SW and SE postcodes, may require custom-sized gates.
  • Listed buildings, found throughout London but more concentrated in certain areas like SW, may have restrictions on gate styles and materials.
  • Coastal proximity in areas like SE London can expose gates to harsher weather conditions, necessitating more frequent maintenance.

Measuring and Installation Tips

We recommend professional installation for our gates to ensure a proper fit and optimal functionality. We will handle all necessary measurements and ensure compliance with any London-Specific regulations regarding gate height or design.


By understanding the unique challenges and opportunities that London’s climate and property landscape present, you can choose and maintain a metal side gate that not only enhances the security and aesthetic appeal of your property but also stands the test of time.

KP Engineering Metal Side Gates for Homes & Commercial Projects

Ready to explore your options? Contact our local gate specialist to discuss your needs and receive a personalised quote. Don’t let London’s weather dampen your style – invest in a metal side gate that will last for years to come!

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Ketan Makwana

Ketan has 20 years of experience in the steel fabrication and metalwork industry (railing, metal gates, fencing). He has been leading the sales efforts at KP Engineering, based in Wembley, London, since 2004. Ketan brings a strategic vision to his role and enjoys sharing his industry knowledge through articles and presentations

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