To keep a gate in full working order and ensure safety and security at all times, proper maintenance is essential. Different types of gate require different maintenance, but our guide below will give you an overview of how and when to care for your gate to ensure it lasts as long as it should.
This guide is intended only as an overview: maintenance on gates and gate operators should be carried out by trained professionals. Many gate manufacturers have their own guidelines for gate maintenance, so be sure to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Under existing health and safety regulations, you’re legally obliged to have all powered gates or barriers maintained regularly by a suitably qualified engineer and to keep a proper record of all checks and repairs.
What is ‘unsafe’?
In terms of automated and manual gates and gate maintenance, the term ‘unsafe’ usually refers to the likeliness of an accident occurring and the potential level of harm, particularly where children or untrained persons could be affected.
The current range of standards and codes of practice, covering industrial doors, garage doors, automated gates and traffic barriers, each have their own specifications, so it is essential to check in accordance with the relevant standards.
We recommend every month you look at the following:
At least once a month you should check mechanisms, safety devices, vehicle detectors and manual release are in working order, and clear away any overgrown plants encroaching on the gate, particularly near moving parts ensure the V-track or hydraulic track is completely clear of plants and debris.
- Check mechanisms and clear tracks
For sliding gates, ensure the tracks are clear of dirt, dust and debris, for example leaf litter. Individually look over the gate opener, metal racks, chain-belt or drive belt, rollers, bearings and any other moving part of the gate.
When checking your security gate, ensure moving parts are well oiled and check their movement is smooth, without jarring or grinding, as an interrupted motion will eventually turn into irreparable damage if left untreated.
- Check safety devices
Ensure all safety devices and detectors are clean and in full working order by visually inspecting electrical connections, terminations and protection, as well as the condition and fuctionality of all control equipment. Detectors, too, should be assessed for faults, for example general wear and tear of the photocell sealing and batteries should be regularly replaced for devices that need them.
At Jacksons Fencing, we pride ourselves on the aftercare that comes with our range of automated gates, such as our 25-month automation warranty (subject to a maintenance contact taken out in the second year). To find out more about how Jacksons Fencing can help your site stay secure with automated gates, click here.