Tips for Maintaining your Automated Gates

There are two reasons to maintain your automated gates. First to make them last longer and second, most importantly, to ensure they remain safe.

Wrought and cast iron gates
Rust is the major challenge if you own metal gates. Moisture becomes trapped under the flaking paint that stops the surface drying out. Soon this leads to corrosion.

To prevent this, clean and thoroughly prepare any metal surface and then apply a primer as a base coat. Follow this with two coats of good quality iron paint. You will find a range of these in your local hardware store.

Once painted, regularly clean your iron gates and check for rust.

Wooden and timber gates
Wooden gates are popular because they can enhance both modern and older properties, but it’s vital they are protected. Wind, rain, snow and sunlight all affect wood and can leave your gates looking tired.

To revive or maintain your wooden gates, first, sand them to provide an even surface. Then decide on your finish: oil, stain or paint. Your local hardware store will have plenty to choose from. Apply a coat of appropriate undercoat, to ensure an excellent finish, followed by at least two top coats of your final finish. Do this twice a year to keep your gates looking fantastic.

Maintaining powered gates
Whichever gates you choose, the motors that drive them must be maintained by a professional to ensure they last for years to come.

  • Those conducting a typical service for powered gates should:
  • Lubricate all motor parts and gate hinges.
  • Clean motors, safety photocells and other accessories.
  • Thoroughly check all electrical connections.
  • Clean and inspect all hardware, fixings and welded areas.
  • Refresh the seals on panels, boards and motors to prevent water (or slugs) damaging the motors.
  • Clean and lubricate manual release mechanisms.
  • Fully check to ensure your gates continue to meet safety standards.
  • Inspect and adjust any settings that you may require changing.

Information courtesy of GateQuote