Maintenance of Driveway Gates
Here at Long Fence, we are experts in driveway gate systems, how they are installed, and the steps to maintaining them. The vehicular and driveway gates we offer can be made of wrought iron, aluminum, or wood. Our selection also includes a variety of decorative designs ranging from contemporary to traditional. The gates typically range in size, beginning at a width of at least ten inches. To ensure sturdiness, we make sure that the gates are mounted on a post that will accommodate the gate’s weight. The gate mechanism also varies. Some options we offer are sliding driveways gates and swinging driveway gates. In addition, the maintenance varies for the driveway gates we install. For example, metal driveways made of iron or aluminum get a powder coat process.
It is important to understand the benefits of getting a driveway gate in the first place. The gate adds privacy and security to your property so you can avoid unwanted visitors in your driveway and home. Additionally, the gates add property value, making them a worthy investment. Driveway gates also look great! However, once you have the gate installed, maintaining it takes some effort. The better you take care of your gate, the longer it will function.
Keep your gate clean
Cleaning your gate on a regular basis can help it last longer. Specifically checking for rust and damage once every two or three months is crucial. Corrosion, as well as other types of damage, can lead to you spending even more money on future repairs. To clean the gate, you can simply rinse it with a hose. Just like a car, getting it washed prevents rust formation and metal damage. An occasional gate wax can also be helpful. It keeps the gate looking aesthetically pleasing and prevents the outer layer from flaking off. Neglecting this step will lead to serious maintenance issues down the line so try your best to stay on top of it from the beginning!
Care for electrical components
The electrical components of the gate are the reason it opens and closes smoothly. The circuit board that controls the gate sits outside. Although our experts at Long Fence will place the circuit boards in a way that minimizes the danger of the electrical components getting damaged, it is still exposed to natural elements, such as weather and bugs. Wings and legs of flying insects can get stuck in the components. Moisture from spider webs and slugs can also harm the equipment. In addition, ant hills and wasp nests should be kept far away. All these factors can cause long term damage, which is why you need to check these components regularly. Every two to three months, check the control box by making sure the wires look good, removing any insects and webs, cleaning off dirt, and checking that nothing is rattling. Every twelve months, you should take off the control box’s front panel completely and use canned compressed air to remove any inside debris. Another aspect of maintaining the electrical components of your gate, is inspecting track issues. Make sure there are no rusted or bent areas. The gate opener is what allows you in and out of your driveway. It will be a great hassle if it stops working. If you notice that repairs are needed, call a professional immediately.
Keep everything lubricated
Lubricating your gate keeps it extremely functional. You will have to grease the hinges and wheels to make sure the gate closes and opens properly. Swing gates specifically also have internal chains that must be kept lubricated as well. Every twelve months, make sure to use lubrication, especially on the hinges. You can use white lithium grease in an aerosol form or in a thicker form. Use your hands or a tool to apply a proper coat liberally. Some hinges even have a small hole specifically designed to allow lubricant to be applied. Hydraulic arms also needed to be coated with new grease. To spread it around, just open and close the gate a few times. Lubrication can also cause messy debris. Items like dirt, leaves, and insects can stick to them. Once the debris accumulates, you gate could be damaged. Remove this debris with a nylon brush once every two to three months and add more lubricant if needed. It is important to note that some high-end automatic gets have their moving parts sealed. In this case, you would not worry about lubrication.
Overall, make sure you take a good visual inspection of your driveway gate every once in a while. Keeping an eye on certain aspects, such as ensuring there is not too much slack in the chain, or that the belts are not chipping and cracking, can be useful down the line. You also do not have to wait for your chosen inspection dates. Whenever something looks off, tend to it as soon as you get the chance. Was there a recent storm? Does your gate look especially dirty or is it making a screechy noise? Clean the gate up and add some more lubrication. The more proactive you are of maintaining the driveway gate, the better it will function. You can even make it fun! Look at it as more of a project than another house responsibility.
Regardless of who installs your driveway gate or what type of gate you decide to get, there will always be necessary maintenance. You can either perform these maintenance checks yourself or hire a professional to ensure your gate is always functioning well and in its best shape. At Long Fence, we have over 70 years of experience. We allow our customers to feel confident that they are getting the best service. If you would like us to install your driveway fence, give us a call today! We will help you choose the perfect gate for your property and take into account any city codes or homeowner association restrictions! Call us at 1-800-917-5664 for more information or to request a free estimate.