There’s no replacement for professional maintenance services, but there are things every automatic gate owner can do to keep their system in good repair and recognize developing problems. Scroll down for some free tips.
Get a multi code remote to control both your gate and your garage door
If you have a driveway gate and an automatic garage door, you can have one remote to control both. That's right. One to rule them all, as they say. If the openers of both systems are made by the same company (LiftMaster, for example) this would be even easier. You don't want to have to switch between remotes every time you go out or return home, so using one multicode remote is definitely something to consider. You can also use this unit to control different gates or doors, if you have more than one of each.
Lubricate your swing gate hinges
Metal parts that grind against each other, as is the case with hinges, need regular lubrication in order to reduce the friction and mitigate wear and tear. That's why you should grease up your swing gate hinges on a regular basis. You'd be surprised how often different problems can be prevented with a little preemptive treatment.
Include driveway gate maintenance in your weekend yard work
Weekends are usually a great time to catch up on some yard work. While you're at it, don't neglect your gate. It's important to take good care of this mechanism in order to ensure you get the most out of it. Check around the mechanism for debris and clear them out of the way. Trim any shrubs and other vegetation growing around your driveway gate so that they don't start to become an issue later on.