Side Gates: The BillyOh Avalon Side Gate

If you’re looking for a new side gate for your property, we’d like to suggest an aluminium gate. 

We’ll go over the pros and cons of aluminium gates in general and weigh them up against wooden and iron gates. Then, we’ll have an in-depth look at the Avalon pedestrian gate and let you make up your mind.

So for all the hard facts you need to make a decision, keep scrolling! 

Why Buy Aluminium Gates?

We’ll whizz through this section in case you know all there is to know about aluminium.

On why aluminium gates are the best choice, let’s break them down into pros and cons. Then we’ll look at the BillyOh Avalon.

Aluminium Gates Pros

When choosing garden gates, your choices will usually be cast iron, wood, or aluminium. We’ll do a quick comparison between these three in a moment. For now, know that aluminium and aluminium gates are:

  • Strong
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Reasonably Priced
  • Low Maintenance
  • Weather-resistant
  • Modern and Elegant

But we also have:

Aluminium Gates Cons

Off the top of our heads, if we were being harsh, these might include:

  • Not as strong as other metals
  • Not ideal for a rustic look

Other than that, aluminium gates upsides far outweigh any downsides.

But let’s contextualise aluminium gates versus the competition.

iron gates at the end of a city lane looking past European houses to the sea
Credit: Unsplash

Aluminium vs Metal Gates

When we say ‘metal gates’, what we mean is gates made of cast or wrought iron. These heavy, classic looking gates look fantastic in large driveways.

But you came here for garden and pedestrian gates. And that’s where iron gates, beautiful as they are, really fall down (not literally!).

When we said that iron was are great for driveway gates, we bet you imagined a set with vertical iron bars. And there’s a good reason for that – iron is heavy. And that weight means that having a solid iron gate is out of the question. (Unless you live in a castle, of course).

Not only would it be a huge expense, but it’d be a nightmare to try and move as well. Either you’d be blowing a lung trying to push it or spending a lot (and putting a lot of strain) on an electric gate motor.

So how would a wrought iron gate work for a garden or site gate? Well, the answer is the same. You’d probably have to compromise on privacy.

On the flip side, aluminium gates are nowhere near as heavy. They’re also easier to maintain and cheaper to install due to handling. 

Because aluminium is so light, aluminium gates are also a lot easier to open. This becomes particularly useful when installing a gate in an area of high foot traffic. So if you’re looking for a garden or pedestrian gate – think aluminium.

There are also choices between gates that offer some or complete privacy. Whereas, with an iron gate, it’s pretty much all or nothing.

wooden sliding driveway gate on gravel path with lawn
Credit: Wilfirs

Aluminium vs Wooden Gates

Unlike iron and wooden gates, aluminium probably won’t offer you that rustic and heavy, traditional look. 

But, if you’re willing (or more than happy!) to go for a more modern, stylish aesthetic, then you’ll also save yourself time and money in maintenance. For example, wooden gates are prone to rot in damp weather and cracking in hot weather.

Not only that, but wooden gates by default will have metal components like hinges. You’ll have to oil these and keep them maintained, functioning, and rust-free. This goes for whether you have manually-opening gates or ones on an electric motor. 

In contrast, aluminium gates don’t rust. They also come powder-coated. This gives them added resistance to things like chemical cleaners and acidity in the rain.

Cleaning Aluminium Gates

Powder-coating also helps to make cleaning aluminium gates a lot easier than wood or iron.

This means you can maintain aluminium side gates by keeping them lubricated. We recommend using WD40 for semi-regular maintenance. As for cleaning aluminium side gates, simply:

  • Rinse aluminium gates with a garden hose (no pressure washers!) to remove dirt and debris
  • Using a non-abrasive aluminium gate cleaner, clean gates with a wet sponge
  • (Optional) Use a non-abrasive brush to remove residue
  • Rinse aluminium gate again with a hose
  • Wipe dry with a soft, microfibre cloth

It couldn’t be easier!

BillyOh Avalon Gate single swing side gate

BillyOh Avalon Design Features

So now you’ve got a bit of a better idea of why to choose aluminium gates. Now let’s have a look at why you should choose the BillyOh Avalon.

The BillyOh Avalon is a pedestrian gate with lovely decorative highlights. It works perfectly for side entrances with access to a garden or the back of your house.

This is because these sort of entrances offer security risks. But they can also compromise your privacy

But, bear in mind that:

  • Children coming back from the park
  • Couriers and the postman
  • Friends coming round for a BBQ

And more, all might need in-and-out access to your garden at some point. That’s exactly why you’d want a horizontal-slat aluminium side gate. The Avalon features thin ‘bars’ in the design that allow light in and you to peek out.  

This means that you can check who’s at your gate before opening it. It also means that you don’t have to compromise on aesthetics if you don’t want to with a full privacy garden gate. You can still get the privacy element but with a decorative flourish!  

The Avalon is also robust, neat, and lightweight. It’s the perfect way to add privacy and security to your property as well as style and elegance.

How does it work?

The BillyOh Avalon is a single swing aluminium gate. It has a key-operated lock on a standard lever handle. This means that you can lock up at night or simply leave the gate closed in the daytime.

What does it look like?

The BillyOh Avalon comes in black powder-coated aluminium. The boarded horizontal slat design provides maximum privacy. But it also features bars that allow light in and you to see who’s at your gate.

How long will it last?

The powder-coated finish assures these gates are weather-resistant and protects from rust. Powder coating is a method whereby dry powder is applied then charged and then cured under heat or UV. It also provides better resistance to chips, scratches, and wear than simply painting.

Your BillyOh Avalon also comes with a 10-year lifespan estimate. Plus, it comes with a 1-year manufacturer guarantee.

What size is it and how much?

The BillyOh Avalon is 100 x 158cm and costs £299.

To recap, let’s round up the BillyOh Avalon’s design features. 

Key takeaways:

  • Key operated gate lock included as standard
  • Robust, light, and weather-resistant aluminium construction
  • Low maintenance – wipe clean
  • Powder-coated finish for long-lasting colour
  • A modern take on the garden gate – suits any property
  • Supplied with all-metal gate hinges, handles and locks

BillyOh Avalon Gate single swing side gate

BillyOh Avalon: Reasons to Buy 

It’s easy to installSecure your hinges and lock and hang the gate.
Modern and stylishA modern twist to the traditional garden gate. Suitable for all types of properties.
Maintenance-freeWash down with soapy water and rinse when required.
Robust and lightweightAluminium is a perfect material for gates. This is because it’s strong, stable and lightweight.
Powder-coated finishNo need for repainting or refinishing. The powder coating ensures the gates are fade-resistant and scratch-resistant.
Weather-resistantStrong and durable. Resistant to impact, rust, corrosion and deformation due to heavy weathering.
Manual or automaticDesigned with a reinforced profile. Can support an electric gate opener if desired.
Decorative designMostly solid to ensure both privacy and security to your property. Decorative design adds an elegant feel.

BillyOh Avalon Recap

If you’re in the market for a side, pedestrian, or garden gate, then the BillyOh Avalon should be on your radar.

Aluminium gates in general are cheaper. They’re also more weather-resistant, and easier to maintain than wooden or iron counterparts. But the best attribute about the BillyOh Avalon is its decorative see-through slats. These offer convenience without compromising on security.

This means you can keep your family and home secure whilst allowing people in and out. And all without having to come up with passwords! And it offers a lovely modern aesthetic that’s sure to fit in with your home.

So if you want privacy and security at an affordable price, pick up a BillyOh Avalon today.

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Aluminium gates generally come at a more accessible price than wooden or iron gates. This is due to the cost of materials. You could also see savings on delivery, handling, and installation fees as aluminium gates are so much lighter. 

Our BillyOh Madrid starts at £299. 

Your BillyOh Avalon will also come supplied with door slats, columns, and hinges. It also includes mortice lock and keys, wall-mounted latch and lock keep, expanding bolts and screws. There will be a parts listing in the manual provided.

Yes, our gates come with all the fixtures and fittings you will need to assemble them. Handy instruction manuals are also included.

The garden gates can be fixed to walls or a metal gate post using the included expansion screws and swivel. There are full assembly instructions included with your Avalon garden gate.

The lock and handle can only be assembled to the right-hand side of the gate.

Yes, these gates are designed to be either manual or automated. The gates are designed with a reinforced profile to support electric gate openers.

The gate is packed into one package with honeycomb packing. This is to protect the product. It is delivered disassembled. The garden gate comes with full installation instructions so it is simple to install. It is recommended that 2 people work together on the installation.