Getting an automated gate installed for your property is a great way to raise its value, increase security, and make your life more convenient.

Despite these benefits, your gate will need regular maintenance. Just like any other mechanical product, an automated gate has a variety of parts working together – the failure of just one could cause real problems.

To make sure your gate remains safe and reliable for a long time, follow Awards Fencing’s five simple tips below.

Consult Your Manual

Before we get started on the general tips, remember that you should always consult the manual for your specific product. Make sure you always put these instructions first, even if they clash with the advice below. The manufacturers and designers know better than anyone what’s best for the product they have created.

Tip 1: Regular Visual Inspection

  • Check your sliding gate regularly. Individually check the gate opener, metal racks, chain-belt or drive belt, dents in panels, electrical connections, rollers and bearings, and so on.
  • Check that all bolts are tightly screwed or held in place. If there are loose bolts holding springs or cables, do not touch them as they might break when you try to tighten them. Call a maintenance service technician.
  • Look for visible signs of wear or damage in pivot points, bearings and bushes.
  • If your sliding gate is made of wood, check if the wooden components need to repainted or stained/oiled. Weathered wood has a higher chance of becoming irreparably damaged, so make sure you use the recommended paint or stain to treat your gate.

Tip 2: Rust and Corrosion Are Your Enemies

Because your gate is exposed to the elements, you can’t afford to be complacent about rust. Keep an eye out for rust on any metal parts of your gate. In its early stages, rust can be removed by simply washing your sliding gate with a mild household detergent. If rust is already extreme, scrubbing affected parts or areas with sandpaper usually does the trick.

Tip 3: A Little Cleaning Goes a Long Way

Washing and waxing your gate once a year – painting or oiling for wooden gates – will go a long way towards keeping it looking new and beautiful. Just make sure to avoid getting water into the door opener. This will get damaged if allowed to get wet.

Tip 4: Keep It Smooth

It is recommended that you lubricate parts every six months with the recommended lubricant. Usually, the parts that need lubrication are those that are responsible for moving the gates automatically – these are the chain, roller, pulley, hinge and various screws.  Your automated gate needs a friction-free surface to ensure safe operation and prevent wear and tear of its parts.

Tip 5: Back It Up

You should test the auto-reverse function of your automated gate once a month. You can do this yourself by placing a length of timber in the centre of the driveway, where the door closes. It should be large enough to cause an obstacle. If it is working correctly, the door should recognise the minor obstruction and reverse operation. If it doesn’t stop and reverse, your automatic gate needs urgent professional attention – do not use the door until it has been repaired.

By following these instructions, your automated gate will be as good as new. If it’s a new gate that you’re looking for, talk to the team at Awards Fencing. Based in Maddington, we offer a range of automation options.