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Gates are a sophisticated alternative or addition to any home’s security. Not only are they a reliable form of protection, but they are also an aesthetically pleasing statement piece to any home’s architecture. They build character and dimension to an otherwise average home. 

Like most things around the house, automatic gates also require maintenance and upkeep to ensure they work efficiently and properly. There are several ways you can maintain your automatic gate. Keep the following tips in mind to ensure your gate operates correctly and won’t cost you in the long run. 

First, What Is an Automatic Gate?

An automatic gate consists of an arm that allows your gate to open or close. This is automated when an electric signal triggers the gate. Additionally, sensors can be put in place to detect your vehicle and open it automatically. 

Automatic gate openers require a source of power. Homeowners can choose between a battery and solar energy. Depending on the gate you choose, motors will dictate what motor you can have. 

You can choose four types of motors to power your automatic gate. These are the linear ram motor, articulated arm motor, underground motor, and sliding motor. Each works best with certain types of automatic gates. 

Several different automatic gates exist, each with differing opening and closing forms and functions. These include:

  • Sliding gates
  • Swing gates
  • Vertical lift gates
  • Vertical pivot gates
  • Cantilever gates
  • Bi-folding gates
  • Barrier arm gates

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Tips to Maintain Your Automatic Gate

Before taking any major steps to maintain your automatic gate, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendations on your specific gate’s maintenance requirements. 

Keep Your Gate Clean

While this is a no-brainer, most people with automatic gates neglect this part of the process. Cleaning your gate ensures your gate lasts longer. Automatic gate openers should last ten years. If you find yourself regularly having to get your gate serviced, there is likely not enough care being given. 

Much like hosing down the side of your house or cleaning your windows, gates must be hosed down every few months to ensure rust doesn’t form. Wax has been known to work wonders on gates as well. This can prevent any damage done to the gate. Cleaning and waxing are excellent ways to maintain your automatic gate for years to come. 

Keep Your Gate Lubricated

The type of motor and automatic gate you choose will determine if lubrication is needed, but lubricating the parts will help maintain your automatic gate and keep it functioning. For instance, a swing gate typically has an internal chain that can be lubricated. If the moving parts of your gate are not sealed or encased, lubricating the wheels or hinges can do wonders for the gate’s functionality. If you are unsure what lubrication you should use, if any, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to care for the gate. 

Keep the Pests Out

While you might think insects, rodents, or reptiles are harmless, they are known to contribute to automatic gate problems, particularly in the electrical components of the gate. Insects like spiders and snails can destroy circuitry. Mice can chew through important cables and wiring, so keep an eye out for pests, damage to integral parts of your gate, and how the gate functions. 

Houston’s Best

Best Garage Door Repair is a locally-owned and operated garage door and gate installation, repair, and maintenance company. We have been providing Houston residents with top-notch services for years and are proud of the experience we provide to residents of our state. If you require garage door or automatic gate services, look no further than Best Garage Door Repair. Call us at (713) 352-1174 or get a free estimate today.