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Three simple tricks for prolonging the life of your gates

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At TPS Electric Gates and Doors Ltd, we pride ourselves on the durability and reliability of our gates. However, like all machines, electric gates need to be maintained with care. Regular maintenance is essential so that your gates operate reliably and have a long lifespan.

As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, we can carry out maintenance on your gates for you. In fact, it’s always best to allow us to repair and maintain the mechanical components of your gates, rather than attempting it yourself (as we explained in our blog entitled ‘why you should leave gate maintenance to the professionals’). However, there are certain, simple things you can do to prolong the life of your gates that don’t involve interfering with the mechanical components.

1. Removing rust and dirt

Rust and dirt can cause problems if they build up on hinges or other parts of your gate that need to move freely. Rust and dirt can actually limit your gate’s movement or force the motor to work harder to open and close them. While you shouldn’t attempt to remove rust or dirt from electrified or mechanical components without professional know-how, there’s no reason why you can’t keep the outside of your gate’s hinges and other moving parts clean. We recommend turning off the power supply to your gates first, just to be safe.

2. Repainting or waxing your gate

The lifespan of your electric gates isn’t defined entirely by the durability of their mechanical components and moving parts. The main body of the gates themselves can also succumb to decay unless they are properly maintained. We suggest waxing metal gates and repainting wooden ones at least once a year to keep rust and rot at bay.

3. Visually inspecting your gates

It’s far better for your gates if we can repair them as soon as a problem starts to develop, rather than waiting until it becomes a pronounced issue. It’s up to you to spot developing problems. We suggest visually inspecting your gate for signs of damage or mechanical issues at least once a month and calling us immediately if you spot anything. Just remember not to attempt the repairs yourself, as doing so may be dangerous.

Here at TPS Electric Gates and Doors Ltd, we are happy to carry out essential mechanical maintenance and repairs on your gates. However, you can help prolong their life too, simply by following the tips we’ve provided in today’s blog. If your gates require more complex repairs or maintenance, feel free to call us at any time.