Automated gates are a great addition to any home, but sometimes things go wrong.  Below we outline some common problems that occur with automated gates, and the easy ways in which they can be solved.

You don’t have enough space for a standard gate

If your driveway is on an incline, a standard gate would end up leaving a gap that you don’t want, and some of it would scrape along the floor.

Sliding gates can help to solve this problem as they have a much smaller footprint than swing gates do, which means that vehicles can drive right up to the gate without needing to leave room for it to open – ideal if your property is close to a main road or has a smaller front garden.

Has your gate been heavily affected by rain?

Metal and iron gates are known for rusting in the rain in the long-term, so it’s important to take extra measures to prevent your gates from breaking down quickly. Fear not, rust can be removed! A stiff wire brush is ideal to safely scrape rust away without taking the paint with it.


If you hear a grinding sound, the mechanism that moves a gate together and apart may have become worn out – this can be easily fixed. You can either have it removed and reassembled or have a new one fitted. This should not happen for a long period of time, everything can however wear out eventually.

Worn track

You should physically check the functionality of your gates track to make sure that they are working properly, or to make sure that what you think is the problem, is actually the case. If the gate gets stuck or jerks along as you are moving it, this can be an indication that the track is worn. Can you see signs of wear and tear on the track? This is another sign of damage.

Vermin and Insects

Automatic gates work by using sensors to trigger the motion. Obviously, if sensors are blocked the automation will fail to work and the gate will fail to open. Insects and vermin can climb in and cause an obstruction. They like to hide in warm places such as safety sensors and control boxes. You can check the areas from time to time or if you do notice that the sensors aren’t working. Use a soft dry cloth to gently clean them away.

Risk of corrosion

No one wants their gate to be rusty, but there is nothing worse than orange corrosion. Over time, automatic gates are exposed to the elements and this can cause them to oxidise and corrode. Galvanising is the usual method that is used to help protect metal from corrosion. A thin layer of zinc can mean that metal is protected from the surrounding environment. Even when galvanised, it is worth keeping an eye on your gate as a deep scratch can mean that your get can become exposed to the elements.

If you would like more tips on how to maintain an automated gate over time, or if you are interested in purchasing a new automated gate, please get in touch via our online enquiry form or give us a call on 01743 455892.