Read the tips below and make your life a little bit easier. The following pieces of advice can inform you on how to protect your driveway gate from different types of damage and how to deal with common malfunctions involving the hinges or various other parts.
Check the condition of the hinges regulalry
Loose hinges are very liable to cause gate sagging and should be treated as soon as possible. Make sure to pay attention to the condition of the hinges of your swing gate and see to it that any damage or rust is handled before things develop any further. Wrought iron hinges are often applied with a protective coat to keep them from rusting, but if that layer is scratched or chipped, the metal underneath will be exposed to the elements, and rust may begin to bloom.
Do this when the gate doesn't close properly
If your driveway gate is having some trouble closing smoothly or at all, you need to check a few things. First, make sure there are no obstructions in its way. If it's a sliding gate, clean the track and make sure there are no accumulations of debris inside. If it's a swinging system, check the hinges and lubricate them. Make sure the opener's safety sensors aren't blocked or misaligned and clean their lenses to ensure they're not detecting a false-positive. If the problem persists, give our guys a call.
Protect your driveway gate from moisture
Water, even just a little moisture, can cause a lot of damage to your driveway gate, whether it's made of wood, wrought iron or steel. That's why you need to make sure your sprinklers aren't hitting it when they're on. Although gates are designed to withstand rainwater damage, they're not impervious to it, and will most likely need regular repainting in order to remain presentable and functional. Swing gate hinges need special care and need to be greased every three months or so, depending on their condition. Sealed ball bearing type of hinges need little to no maintenance, on the other hand.
Be mindful of balance issues
Our experts always emphasize how important it is to make sure your swing gate is properly balanced and isn't sagging, especially for heavy systems made of wrought iron frames or steel panels. Balance problems can damage the hinges, leading to preventable A swing metal gate that wobbles when opening or closing definitely requires adjustment. This should be left to the experts to ensure it's done correctly and that nothing gets accidentally damaged in the process.
Get a clear idea of which hardware parts of your opener require lubrication
Check what the owner’s manual says about this. A simple rule of thumb to follow is that all moving metal components probably need to be lubricated. Additionally, all gears and sprockets that should be lubricated typically have a special grease joint for facilitating the process. While the lubrication process doesn't take very long and is rather simple, it has a lot of benefits in terms of system longevity and problem prevention.