Below are the answers to frequently asked questions about driveway gate repair, design, ownership, and more. Read on and see if your question has already been answered, and be sure to let us know if you need any help.
What do I do if my gate refuses to open automatically?
There are several things you can do on your own to check for the possible reason for the malfunction you may be experiencing. If the gate keeps opening when you try to close it, check the sensors and make sure they're aligned correctly and that their lenses are clean. If the gate refuses to open when you try to operate it automatically, check the power connections to see if something detached. Make sure all cables are connected, and the remote batteries are working. If you can't figure out the problem, or even if you can and it requires complex repairs, let our team know.
How do I lubricate sealed driveway gate hinges?
It is very important that you lubricate your swing gate hinges on a regular basis, in order to ensure the system continues moving smoothly. However, your gate may have hinges with sealed bearings. To lubricate them, you have to locate the plastic cap over the Grease Zerk fitting through which you can apply some lubricant. You will not be directly lubricating the bearings through it, but you will be minimizing friction in the gimbaled joint where the bearing moves around.
When is swing gate adjustment required?
This type of service is necessary when a gate post sinks down into the ground or starts leaning to one side. The sooner the adjustment is made, the better. Otherwise, other hardware parts can get seriously damaged and the gate may eventually become completely stuck. Loose, damaged or worn hinges can also lead to misalignment issues. These are more than just aesthetic issues, as they can lead to more frequent problems and expensive repairs in the long term.
What is the best electric gate opener?
There’s no single best opener, as sliding, single swing, and double swing gates each require different opener mechanisms. Additionally, larger systems or ones made of heavier materials will need a more powerful motor, so the best opener for a heavy system might be inefficient for a lighter one of the same style. Before you choose a new opener, make sure you know about your specific gate’s requirements.
What are some great entrance gate designs for a residential complex?
Residential complexes tend to have larger driveways, so double swing gates are often much more suitable. However, if the driveway is very wide, or slightly sloped, a sliding gate may be preferable. This type of system is strong, requires less maintenance, and doesn't need as strong an opener. However, it also requires a certain amount of extra side space, and is considered by some to be less visually attractive.