After having a gorgeous new gate designed and installed, it’s surprising that one of the most commonly overlooked maintenance items is keeping the gate clean and well-maintained.

Keeping it Clean

Similar to an automobile, your gate will look its best if it is regularly washed and occasionally waxed.

It can be quite expensive to have a gate removed, sandblasted, powder coated, and rehung once its finish has faded, flaked off, or rusted. It doesn’t take long for your gate’s once pristine appearance to become tarnished due to neglect.

Washing and waxing your gate once a year can keep it looking beautiful for a long time to come.

Dealing with Pests

In addition to the look of your gate, a real concern for all electrical equipment that is installed outdoors is insect, snail, and reptile damage.

Snails and slugs can destroy a circuit board in short order. The slime trails they leave behind become highly conductive with even the most minuscule amount of moisture.

Spider webs with even the slightest bit of moisture on them can also conduct electricity and damage a gate’s circuit board. And bee’s nests and ant hills can rapidly corrode gate opener circuitry.

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