Driveway gates can be beautiful, right? So learn how to maintain them! Read the following tips to gain some useful information that will help you keep your automatic system in great working condition.
Don't share keypad codes with anyone
This may seem kind of obvious, but if you install a gate opener keypad, and then start sharing the passcode with every joe blow that stops by, it kind of defeats the purpose. The idea is that only a small handful of people will be able to use the keypad, mainly you and your family members. If you need to give someone the code (a delivery person, renovation workers, etc) you can probably create an extra password which you can change later. In any case, it's good to change the password you regularly use every month or so, just to be on the safe side.
Soften the soil when digging fence post holes
When trying to dig a fence post hole in hard ground, fill a shallow hole with water overnight. The ground will be softer the next day to dig a bigger and deeper hole. Of course, you can avoid the hassle altogether with one simple phone call. Having someone like our experts help you with the installation of a new fence and gate will save you lots of time, and will ensure that the job is done by professionals with over a decade's worth of experience.
Save money with regular maintenance
The only downside of regular driveway gate maintenance is that it takes some time. Not a lot of time, mind you, but it isn't instantaneous. Seeing as this system is very important for both the security and curb appeal of your property, it stands to reason you'll want to take good care of it. By investing a few minutes every so often to perform some basic maintenance routine, you'll be able to prevent all sorts of issues and make your gate last longer and stay in presentable condition. In the long run, this can save you a great deal of money.
Learn how to use your gate’s manual release
Our gate experts suggest that you make sure you know how to operate the manual release of your gate, or at least find out where it is located. Hopefully, you won't have to use it during some emergency scenario, but just in case, it's good to at least know how to do so. Consult your owner's manual to learn how to do this safely.
Learn the basics of your electric gate opener
Knowledge is power in all areas of life and that includes your automatic gate system. The more you know about it, the easier it will be for you to keep up maintenance and identify problems early on. It's also very important that you know where the emergency breaks/override switch is located. Hopefully you won't have to use it, but it's good to know, just in case.
Not enough space out front? Get a sliding gate installed
Although a wrought iron swing gate has its appeal, not every property has the sufficient amount of space to allow it to move outwards smoothly without hitting anything. Not to worry, there's the option to get a sliding gate, which moves laterally and therefore won't require the space that its counterpart does, and vice versa.