Below you can read some expert tips that should come in handy for any automatic gate owner. Our team will be happy to help you with anything, should you need us.
Some self-closing gate mechanisms are better than others
If you're looking to buy a self-closing gate, choose a model that does not depend on the frame to support itself. The frame can be prone to damage or corrosion and this way the gate will still function and prevent unauthorized entry when that part sustains damage. There are self-closing hinges and systems that use gravity to close, so in terms of other options, you can rest assured that there are enough alternatives out there.
Clean your gate twice a year
Cleaning your gate on a yearly basis, if not more often, will help you maintain its condition. Use a sponge to scrub all the different sections clean and rinse the gate using fresh water and a sponge. Spraying it with a hose is not a good idea. Iron and wooden gates are best cleaned with a soft damp cloth which is lint-free, as moisture can cause them to rust or rot.
Check your gate for any loose parts
Your driveway gate can see a lot of action during the day, especially if you have more than one car and more than one family member over the legal driving age. All that movement may cause some parts of the mechanism to loosen or degrade over time. Check your gate regularly and tighten anything that's come loose.
Consider installing a gate intercom system
There is nothing worse than closing your gate only to have someone ringing the buzzer as soon as you get inside. Then when you go outside and find that it's a salesperson selling something you don't want, you only get all the more frustrated. An intercom system will save you the hassle. There are many different types, including wired and wireless units. This isn't just a convenience feature, it is also an important security add-on that all driveway gate owners should have.