Tips For Maintaining Your Automatic Gate01/16/2017 Back To Blog
After having your gate installed, it can be easy to overlook the fact that you need to keep it maintained and still pay close attention to some of the small things to keep it running smoothly, and to keep it looking pristine. We've put together a few of the biggest things that people forget to watch for, in order to prevent you from making the same mistakes.
Let's take a look at them!
Keeping it Clean
It may sound like something obvious to most people, but it's something that is easily overlooked after having your gate installed, and even easier to forget if you haven't had one installed yet and are thinking about it.
Keeping your gate clean and even occasionally waxed will help keep it from rusting and prevent paint oxidation. It will look better and save you lots of money in the long run by keeping it from needing to be professionally redone so often.
Quality Can Make All the Difference
In a lot of industries, quality does make a small difference but it's mainly overplayed in order to get you to pay more. Automatic gates is not one of those industries. Having quality parts for your gate including the opener, the doors themselves, etc. is super important to the preservation of it.
Everything down to the circuit board is important with openers. Quality openers use different materials, different parts, and ultimately last longer and need less maintenance. So while this may not be a tip for maintenance exactly, it is a tip to prevent it from the beginning.
Lubrication is Key
As with anything with moving parts, lubrication can make all the difference. Something that stays moving, opening, and closing as much as these, can always use some greasing up and lubing on its chain. The key here is to use the right lubrication.
WD-40 seems to be a go-to for homeowners but that is NOT a good idea with anything much more than a door hinge. Some heavy duty or industrial strength spray on white lithium grease is the grease that is going to be the most helpful here in this situation.
Keeping the Bugs Out
Probably the most overlooked issue with things that involve outdoor installation, is bugs and outdoor animals. Almost anything outside can cause an electrical problem if it interferes with wires or circuit boards.
Bees, who love to climb up in small spaces and create nests, can even cause issues. It's recommended that you frequently check everything you can to make sure it is all undisturbed. This will ensure perfect operation.
Please remember that there are professionals out there who do this kind of thing for a living. So if you are not sure what you are doing, it is best to call them and let them help you out!
At the end of the day, no gate will last infinitely, but keeping these tips in mind will sure help to get it a step closer there.