How To Help Your Gate Survive an Albertan Winter
Winter weather can cause a number of problems. Luckily, there are things you can do to avoid some of the common issues caused by snowy conditions.
When it comes to automatic gates, there are steps you can take that will help ensure they make it through the winter. Here are some things you can do to help protect your fence gates.
Check For Damage
In autumn, you should set aside some time to inspect your automatic gates. Cold, snowy weather can exacerbate existing issues such as rust, rot or damage. It’s best to have problems tended to before winter hits. If you find anything during your inspection, don’t hesitate to call in professional fence technicians to carry out the repairs. Doing so will ensure that your gates remain secure when the snow comes.
With winter right around the corner, it’s a good idea to call in a professional to conduct seasonal maintenance on your gates. The lubricant likely dried up over the summer, and the hinges probably need to be lubricated. Chips in the paint should also be touched up before the first snowfall, especially if your fence gates are made of metal or wrought iron. This is because moisture can cause the exposed metal to corrode.
In addition, dirt and dust need to be cleaned off the sensors of your automatic gates. It’s easier to do this before winter, and it will prevent you from having to get out of your car in the middle of a snowstorm because your sensor doesn’t work.
Surviving the Snow
During the winter, regularly shovel the snow from around your gate. Avoid using salt, as it can cause the finish on your gates to deteriorate. It’s best to clear the snow often so that it doesn’t have time to freeze. This will save you the trouble of having to scrape away ice. Additionally, you should trim or remove any weak or low-hanging branches over your fence gates. This will prevent them from falling during a storm and damaging your gate.
Call Duraguard Gate Maintenance and Repair in Southern Alberta
If your gates are in need of seasonal upkeep or more extensive repairs, give the team at Duraguard Fence Ltd. a call. Without the proper maintenance, winter weather can wreak havoc on your automatic gates. Save yourself the money and the headache by being proactive and preparing the months ahead. Contact us today to make an appointment or get a quote. We serve Edmonton, Bonny-Ville, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie and surrounding regions!