Here you can find the answers to some FAQs about various topics related to driveway gate systems. If there’s anything else you’d like to ask, feel free to give us a call.
What does preventive gate maintenance consist of?
In order to ensure your driveway gate keeps working optimally for a very long time, some preventive maintenance is required. The type of system you have will determine how much exactly. You should make sure the track of a sliding gate is clean and free of debris. If your wrought iron frame is starting to chip, apply it with a protective layer of paint. If the hinges of your swing gate are starting to creak, grease them up and check them for rusty spots. Don't neglect any minor sign of damage, as those tend to quickly develop into major problems with surprising speed.
Why do gate accidents involve pedestrians more often than they involve cars?
The in-ground safety loops that some automatic gate systems have are only able to detect metal, which is why they will reverse when a car is in the way, but not necessarily when a person is there. Of course, there are often other safety features put in place to avoid hitting pedestrians, but those can still malfunction just like any other device. Of course, although it may seem incongruous, people tend to be less aware of their surroundings when they're walking along than when they're driving a car. Maybe it's the added pressure of controlling a motor vehicle that adds to their enhanced self-awareness.
My gate makes loud screeching sounds, what does this mean?
This type of noise usually means that the hinges or other moving metal parts require lubrication. This can easily be fixed by treating them with the right agent. However, make sure you use a product that's suitable for your system. Some lubricating oils tend to lead to sticky build-ups of dirt over time and can end up creating more of a problem.
How wide should a gate's bottom clearance be?
Bottom clearance for most swing gates can be from 3 to 6 inches. However, most gate experts consider a range of 4 to 5 inches as the optimal clearance room when aesthetics is the main concern. A professional (like one of our technicians) will know to consider this before starting the installation process.
What kind of locks should I use for my gate?
Deadbolts, combination locks, or even basic latch padlocks work for gates, but the important thing to remember is that they should be able to resist rust. Because your gate - and subsequently its lock - are exposed to the elements, moisture can be a real problem that leads to oxidation. The last thing you want is for your gate lock to get stuck when you're in a hurry, so make sure to take good care of it.
Which type of gate is more appropriate for a warehouse?
The main purpose of automatic gates is to protect something and to prevent unwanted access. A sliding gate is usually the preferred choice for warehouses due to the fact that this type of system is usually faster, more secure and required less maintenance than, say, a swing gate. Steel is the unilateral choice in terms of material. Nothing beats its enhanced security.