How To Know When It’s Time To Replace Your Gate12/07/2013 Back To Blog
The life cycle of your gate depends on a lot of factors. Chief among them is use – most openers are rated for 12,000 cycles or so. Of course we’re talking about modern systems that were recently part of a residential gate installation. If your system has exceeded that number – which can happen in as little as two years with heavy use – you’ll need to replace the opener itself pretty soon. But the gate itself should last a long time, right? It depends.
Climate is a big factor
Where you live determines how long your gate lasts. For different materials, extreme heat and cold can have an adverse effect on their lifespan. Wrought iron gates are terrible for heated climates because they oxidize quickly. Wooden gates don’t like the cold because constant freezing and unfreezing makes them warp. Metal systems do well in most climates, but tend to need more gate service because they have more heavy moving parts.
What you put into it, is what you get out of it
The largest factor for the longevity of your system is how well you maintain it. Maintenance service is something you need to pay attention to. Having a professional company on speed dial, ready for 24/7 emergency service is always good thing, but there’s a good deal you can do on your own to make your system last longer. Routinely lubricating the gate’s moving parts; clearing away debris, making sure that the hinges get regular hinge welding repair – it’s all connected. If you simply do a walkthrough of your driveway once a month, you can spot problems before they start and save yourself a lot of trouble down the line. If you fail to spot something and it gets worse, it can cause your whole system to break down.