3 Steps for Driveway Gate Maintenance11/19/2013 Back To Blog
These days, wrought iron gates and their components are really resistant.
but they are still in full exposure to the elements and suffer terribly especially in fierce weather conditions and extreme temperatures. The least you can do to protect the mechanism is increase your observation, try to notice differences in the way the gate moves or obvious malfunctions and wears, ensure the driveway gate opener is working fine and intervene with simple actions in order to keep the system strong.
Basic gate observation techniques
1. Gate maintenance service does not only include the examination and repair of the mechanical and electric parts of the system but also the material. Regardless of the material of your gate, you will need to check the surface periodically, keep it clean and detect possible problems, which would make it vulnerable and would reduce its resistance and beauty. Keep in mind that your steel gate will corrode over the years if you don't take care of the first signs of rust right away and remember that dip galvanized iron is much more resistant and will not erode. Wood doors are even more fragile and will create more problems if they warp because they won't open or close properly. You need to apply varnishes to keep them resistant.
2. It's important to protect the mechanical parts of the mechanism with frequent lubrication and inspections. You need to periodically check the driveway gate track for dents and keep it very clean because the smallest obstacle will not allow the rollers to complete their movement all the way and the gate may remain open. It's important to check the chain of the opener and the swing gate hinges. Remember that hinges would rust if they are not galvanized and, in this case, they should be replaced.
3. It's also significant to check the electric components of the mechanism and focus on the parts, which offer protection. Make sure of the good condition of the swing gate safety loops sensors and the opener. It's wise to change the batteries of remotes systematically to avoid lockouts.