As well as treating the timber of your gates you should be aware of general Gate Maintenance and Gate Safety


Manual gate maintenance

Manual installations should be supported by a regular maintenance regime. The time lapses between  maintenance checks will be largely determined by the amount of usage the gate is expected to tolerate. A low usage situation would represent up to 50 operations a day; Low usage gates should be checked every at least every 12 months. If there are any changes in the gate, for example, if the gate drags on the ground, this could be a sign that urgent attention required to avoid compromising the safety of the gate.

Challenging weather conditions, such as high winds/gales and heavy rain can cause damage to a gate and/or affect the

foundations. Routine checks should always be made once the bad weather has subsided. The following should be checked:

  • Review hinges and eyes for signs of excessive wear and tear e.g. damage, cracking
  • Check the foundations for any signs of movement
  • Look out for any indication that the timber has in any way been compromised e.g.   gates showing signs of excessive cracks
  • Check that all ancillary equipment e.g., drop bolts and catches are working as expected. If any is classed as featuring in excess of 15% damage, a replacement should be considered

Automated gate maintenance

Automated gates must be installed by a fully qualified installer who must ensure it complies with the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008

As the owner of an automated gate, you are technically the owner of a machine, which just like your car requires routine maintenance. The gate should be checked over by a qualified installer every six months as a minimum.

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