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Gate Maintenance

Regular gate maintenance can extend your gate's life and save you unnecessary expenses in the long run.

A domestic gate may open half a dozen times a day; some complex gates may open and close five hundred times a day.

All driveway gates need to be regularly inspected and maintained, regardless of size and its duty cycle.

Repair any defects before it turns into an accident and/or expensive liability.
Things you ought to do
As long as the motor opens and closes the gate, nobody bothers with it. It's only when we are left stranded out on the street realizing we can't get in that we discover that a little maintenance could have prevented this situation.

This is a list of things you could do to prevent you from being stuck with a gate that refuses to budge.

  • Keep the rail clean by sweeping the area with a broom or brush. Little stones and garden waste building up on the track is a sliding gate's worst enemy.
  • At least once a month, put gate motors on manual. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when doing so. Test the gate’s movement by hand: see and feel if the wheels or hinges are moving freely. Exercise extreme caution.
  • Electric fence connectors on top of the driveway gate are prone to failure. Check it regularly during gate maintenance and make sure the contacts are lining up. Upgrade if it is not up to standard.
  • Ensure that the stops that prevents the gate from running off the rail are in place. Exercise extreme caution.
  • Inspect the guides that hold the gate upright. These guides are usually made from a hard nylon and can easily wear.
  • Inspect the anti-lifting brackets. A gate should not be lifted off the rail when in the closed position.
  • Inspect any mesh on the gate to keep small animals inside is still securely in place. Cable ties deteriorate in the sun, so do replace them regularly.
  • Ensure that the steel rack (teeth) on the gate is properly secure on the gate.
  • Gates are expensive to replace. Keep it well painted to minimise rust damage. Treat any wood inlays.
Avoid These Tasks
Excessive use of oils on squeaking parts, especially wheels, guides and hinges are not recommended; a sand build-up create a grinding paste that will do more harm than good.

Replace any parts on the gate that is not properly functioning.
What Next?
Don't delay. Perform regular gate maintenance for a trouble-free daily experience.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you need assistance.

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