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Common Questions Concerning Automatic Gate Maintenance

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When it comes to securing your property, a fence and automatic gate system can be an excellent option. However, if you have only recently purchased a home with a gate or had this feature added to your property, you may not be familiar with how to care for these devices. Fortunately, you will be a more informed homeowner about these systems once you have the following couple of questions addressed.

How Are Motorized Gates Maintained?

Motorized gates can be an excellent option for those that want the added security of a total fence system but want to avoid having to exit their car each time they want to enter or exit the driveway. If your home has one of these gates, you need to understand that it will have very different maintenance needs than a manually operated gate.

In particular, the motorized components of these gates will need to be professionally serviced. This will entail the technician lubricating, tuning and thoroughly inspecting any moving components for excessive wear. While you may want to avoid this type of maintenance, it can be critical to ensuring that your home's gate works the next time you need to use it.

How Can Algae And Mosses Be Handled?

Algae and moss will invariably start to grow on your gate. These substances can contribute to the weathering of the metal, and as a result, it is important for you to protect the gate as much as possible. To do this, you should make it a point to regularly remove these substances from the gate, and you should also apply a weatherproofing sealant to the gate.

When removing the algae and moss from the gate, you should avoid using scrubbing brushes because the bristles on these brushes can scratch the metal in the gate. A safer option is to use a pressure washer to remove these substances. After applying the sealant and letting it dry, it will form a protective barrier that should prevent algae and moss from being able to anchor to the metal. It does this by closing any small pores that are present. While these sealants can be extremely effective, you will also need to regularly apply them to ensure the gate is as protected as possible against these routine sources of wear and tear.

Having an automatic gate installed on your property can be an excellent way for you to enhance the security and value of your property. However, there are many people that have a very limited understanding about what needs to be done when caring for automatic or custom gates. After you have carefully considered these two answers for common questions, you should find that you have a much stronger understanding about what is needed to keep your gate in great condition for as long as possible.