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Contractor maintaining an automatic gate

Automatic gates can be advantageous on both commercial and residential properties. In addition to making the locale much safer and secure, it provides effective and convenient access control. However, if it’s not maintained properly, an automatic gate can fail or even become a hazard. Here’s the regular maintenance needed to take care of one.

Inspect It Regularly

It’s a good idea to learn how to spot problems. A single damaged component could eventually cause serious damage to the gate. Failing to be proactive about finding defects and conducting proper maintenance could mean shelling out for emergency repairs. Get in the habit of setting a regular routine for checking in on the gate and its parts before extensive damage takes place.

Keep It Clean

While this may seem obvious, cleaning your gate is important to ensuring it keeps working properly. This is because accumulated dirt can shorten the gate’s lifespan. This is especially important for commercial operations, particularly when cars and trucks drive through the gate often. For ornamental gates, consider waxing them from time to time. This’ll keep them looking great for a long time.

Maintain the Electrical Components

Make sure the electrical components are in good working order. The box containing them is exposed to the elements and insects can also sometimes take refuge inside. This is also a concern if the gate is used in an environment where it may come into contact with potentially damaging substances, such as on industrial properties.

Check the Sensors

Many gates are equipped with sensors that stop operation when an obstacle is detected. These devices are extremely important, as some gates move extremely fast and can cause serious injuries and property damage. Make sure nothing is blocking the sensors. In most cases, a simple wipe with a damp cloth is enough to resolve an issue.

Lubricate Parts

While the moving parts of some high-end automatic gates are sealed, in most cases these parts are exposed to the elements and need to be lubricated regularly. Depending on the model, the parts that need to be greased will vary. Failing to do so is likely to result in poor operation down the line and could even cause a complete breakdown of the gate. This could lead to a need for expensive and time-consuming repairs. When your gate is installed by Q & Q, you can rest assured it will be in good hands that will let you know what steps will be needed to maintain the integrity of your system. Should any issues arise, we’re just a phone call away!

Contact Your Local Red Deer Gate Experts!

Making sure that your gates and fences are in good working order is crucial to the security of your property. For fence and gate installations and service calls, trust Q & Q Fencing. We serve customers in Red Deer County, so be sure to contact us today to schedule an appointment or get a free estimate on your next project!


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