How to Maintain Your Gate Properly06/24/2014 Back To Blog
Maintenance service is something all homeowners have to do one time or another. After all, if we want to improve the longevity of the things we paid hard-earned money for, maintenance is absolutely necessary. A good example would be gates. You can have many different types, from overhead gates to the more popular roll up gates. You can also have a classic wrought iron gates, but whichever you choose these all need the right kind of maintenance if you want to make sure that these gates last as long as they possibly can.
The question is, with so many different types, how can one be certain that they are doing the right thing as far as maintenance is concerned? After all, it can be dangerous to make mistakes in situations such as those, which is why it is important to understand a few general guidelines regarding the proper maintenance of gates. Here are a few that will make dealing with repairs and inspection a little easier.
If you have an electric gate, only wash the gate itself
Naturally one would have to wash gates every now and again so that it is better protected from the elements. However, if you happen to own one that is automatic or controlled by electricity in any way, make sure that you clean and rinse off the main segment only. You can also ignore the swing gate hinges if you are unsure of whether or not electricity runs through it.
A new coat of paint is always a good thing
Another rule of thumb that you can easily incorporate no matter what type of gates you own is the fact that you can paint it; and it will always be a good thing. A new coat of paint prevents the elements from seeping in and stops any harmful effects (such as rust) from starting.
These two guidelines are practically all you need to make sure that any kind of maintenance goes off without a hitch. There are other guidelines that deal with specifics, but always keep these general tips in mind.