| The Wood
– Western Red Cedar
Our wood products are constructed from Western Red Cedar,
which is a superior outdoor wood. Cedar is well reputed for
its resistance to rotting and insects. We use only kiln-dried
lumber, which promotes dimensional stability. The grade of
cedar is one of the highest you can specify and is considered
a ‘clear’ grade, which means there are little
to no knots within the boards.
Protect your gate by treating the surface with a quality,
protective wood sealer suitable for cedar. Typical wood
weathering characteristics will be evident over time and
contributes to the character of the wood. Sealing the wood
surface will prevent water absorption, excessive drying,
and discoloration. If the moisture level of the wood is
allowed to significantly change, excessive dimensional changes
and/or warping can occur. Note: Some dimensional variation
is expected during weather changes.
If you are applying multiple finishes (for example a clear
coat over a stain product), be sure to check with the manufacturer
or retailer for compatibility between the two materials.
Some coastal areas are known to have high salt content in
the air which can expedite the deterioration of the finish
Outdoor wood finishes will deteriorate over time. We recommend
reviewing surfaces for condition. One way to check the finish
is to see if water beads on the surface, rather than absorbing
into the wood. If there are areas that seem to be more exposed
than others, proactive attention to these areas will increase
longevity of the product. Areas that may need special attention
are areas that receive a lot of sun exposure, the end of
the vertical frame pieces where water can most easily absorb,
and the pockets created where the panels enter the frame.
Red Cedar has natural variations in color and brightness
(see below). The contrasting character of the wood is a
beautiful aspect of this wood specie. These variations include
yellow, pink, red, and brown tones. The lightness of each
tone may vary as well. The tonal differences and contrast
may be accentuated when a clear finish is applied. Finishes
that are higher in pigment such as ‘semi-transparent’
finishes may reduce the tonal differences.
During the manufacturing process we carefully hand select
boards and determine the positioning of boards so that there
is an balanced look to the final product. Boards which are
significantly different in tone (brightness), will not be
placed next to each other. For example, in the image below
the boards that are defined as 'Dark' and 'Light' would
not typically be placed adjacent to each other within the
Many of our customers choose to have their gates provided
in the unfinished condition, with no stain or sealing material
applied. If you select this option for your gate, the wood
will have a well-sanded, smooth surface that is ready to
accept the finish of your choice. Because our gates are
constructed from kiln-dried cedar, it is very important
not to let the gate absorb moisture before applying the
finish. For best coverage, we recommend applying the finish
before hanging the gate. Gates that are left unfinished
will have a shortened lifespan and will be more susceptible
to deterioration of the wood as well as joint failure.
We offer a beautiful selection of stain colors from which
BASED STAIN: We use exclusively Sikkens Cetol SRD 250 oil-based
penetrating stains. The color options are shown below.
BASED STAIN: Our water-based dark stain options provide
a dark, even tone. The General Finishes water-based Exterior
450 wood stain color options are shown below. Additional
layers of this stain will darken the overall look of the
with any finish, these stains may require occasional re-coating.
You can also choose a professionally applied urethane clear
coat for gate doors up to 4ft wide. This service includes
three coats of professionally sprayed semi-gloss urethane,
with hand sanding between each coat. As with any finish,
the clear coat may require occasional re-coating.
/ CUSTOM COLOR MATCHING
We also offer a professionally sprayed, painted finish option
for gate doors up to 7’ wide (14ft double swing gates).
You may chose from black or white, in a semi-gloss sheen,
or we can custom color match the color of your choice. For
custom color matching we request that you mail us a color
swatch. Painted gates receive two coats of primer and three
coats of water-based exterior Miller Paint, with sanding
between each coat for a superior painted finish. Extra paint
will be sent along with your gate for future touch-ups.
As with any finish, the paint may require occasional re-coating.
All metal window art options, as well as our medium and
high load hinges, decorative hinge straps and clavos are
finished with a protective powder coating. This finish is
durable and protects the metal from the elements, preventing
corrosion. Our standard powder coat color is black, 20%
gloss. This color blends well in most settings and compliments
our product line. If, however, you require an alternate
powder coat color, this can be accommodated for an additional
charge. Powder coat colors can be viewed below. Extra charges
may apply for custom powder coat colors