At UK Electric Gates, we pride ourselves on the performance of our gates and gate systems. Despite the quality and passion we put into our products, like all goods of this sort, they will need to be maintained and do not just look after themselves. Regular maintenance is essential in order to ensure the long-life span of your gate. Here are a few simple things that you can do to ensure longevity.
Remove rust and dirt
Rust and dirt can cause issues for your gate if you let it build up on the hinges and other mechanisms of the gate that you need to be able to move. If you were to notice broken parts after having a look at your gate, make sure you call us for repairs and don’t try to deal with it yourself!
Repaint or waxing your gate
Rust and rot are threatening to all kinds of gate. Dirt and grime can ruin the paint on your gate. Of course, the main part of your gate can succumb to problems in the long run if they are not taken care of. Once the paint has gone, it is only a matter of time before rust could begin to take hold. You should wax metal gates and repaint wooden ones once a year in order to keep rust and rot at bay. They can also be washed once a year to keep them in good shape.
Inspecting your gate visually
It’s so important to make sure that your gates are repaired as soon as a problem occurs, rather than waiting until the problem becomes more pronounced. It’s a good idea to inspect your gate for damage every 1 to 3 months, and if you spot a problem, get it sorted straight away. A build-up of leaves, dirt and debris can cause problems with mechanical parts of your gate and it’s a good idea to make sure that this build up is dealt with because it could end up causing some damage. Use a nylon brush to brush away the debris and make sure to reapply lubricant to the area if needed.
Check internally for rodent or insect intrusion
Many animals can search for solace in a safe place where they can be sheltered. Rodents can often chew on wiring insulation, connectors, and other parts of your gates security and therefore resulting in malfunctions and unexpected downtime. Some rodents and insects create moisture that can cause short-circuiting. Mice, lizards, spiders, and slugs are the most common invaders of operator boxes.
Lubricate the moving parts
Constant metal on metal contact can easily damage your gate and decrease its lifespan. So, lubrication is an absolute must. Make sure they are lubricated at least once a year, if necessary. If you need to help, you can always ask us!
If you are interested in purchasing a gate from us, or if you already have and have a query about looking after your gate, please contact us on 01743 455892 or use our enquiry form.