Residential and commercial gates can last a number of years, given regular gate maintenance is undertaken to ensure they are kept in working order. Conducting regular maintenance checks not only improves the lifespan of the gate, but it also keeps it looking pristine. We’ve put together a list of five ways you can keep on top of the maintenance and help improve the lifespan of your gate.
Check for rust
The number one factor that can damage your gates over time is weather damage. As the weather in the UK is unpredictable and we often get rainy summers and snowy springs, it’s vital to keep your gate in top working order so weather damage is kept to a minimum. As a result, rust is one of the main issues that can affect the longevity of your gate and it can also make your gate look less appealing. If you do spot a rust patch on your metal gate, use sandpaper or steel wool to remove the rust, then apply wax which will help stop the corrosion.
Conduct regular checkups
Whether your gate is metal, wood or automatic, it’s important to conduct regular checks to maintain the quality of your gate and to spot any problems early on. Brush down your gate every so often to remove any bits of dirt, debris or mud. If needed, wash down with a mixture of warm water and dish-washing liquid to stop the build-up of dried on dirt and grime.
Oil the hinges
Make sure to regularly oil the hinges on your gates, especially if they are automatic, as this will help ensure your gates are in good working order. Clean the hinges first to get rid of any old oil or dirt. This can be done by filling a bowl with warm water and dish-washing liquid, and applying it with a cloth. Then add a lubrication oil to the hinges and this will mean there are no squeaky hinges in site.
Look out for pests
Pests are one of the number one causes for automatic gates breaking. Any electrical equipment installed outdoors could face issues with insects, reptiles, slugs or snails, and these pests can have serious consequences for your gates. Ensure you regularly check for signs of pests and if there are signs, take the appropriate measures immediately. Snails and slugs can leave slime trails which can become highly conductive and can destroy the circuit board for your gate. Spider webs can also destroy your circuit board as even a slight amount of moisture in the spider web can make them conduct electricity.
Add a lick of paint
If your gate is looking rundown, a lick of paint will instantly take years of off and it can also help prevent damage, such as rust. Before painting, clean your gate by brushing any dirt with a soft wire brush and wipe down to make sure the paint adheres to your gate. If you have a wooden gate, treat it every so often with a stain, oil or paint, depending on the look you want to achieve. If you wish to give your metal gate a lick of paint, make sure the paint is for metal, as this type of paint is more tough, durable and long-lasting.