A gate provides a level of safety and security, not to mention curb appeal, to any home. And with proper maintenance, you can ensure your gate stays in excellent condition for years to come. If you’re working on your spring to-do list, add the following tips to maintain your fence’s gate.
3 Tips to Maintain Your Property’s Gate
1. Keep It Clean
If you have a vinyl or iron gate, spray it thoroughly with a garden hose at least once a year, then wipe it clean with a soft cloth. With a cedar gate, remove any dirt or debris that might collect on the bottom of the gate to prevent rotting. You may also want to consider a new paint job or re-staining every few years to maintain a fresh, bold look.
2. Address Repair Issues Promptly
Should you notice problems with your gate, have the issue addressed by a repair professional sooner rather than later. Letting potential trouble spots go too long could exacerbate the problem or even necessitate an entirely new gate unit. Some issues to look out for include improper opening or closing, protruding nails or screws, and loose slats or sections.
3. Perform Regular Inspections
Checking in with the condition of your gate on a regular basis will help you stay on top of maintenance concerns. With each new season, inspect your gate carefully. Look for areas that need repair; check for cracks, damage, and rust spots; and if the gate is not in regular use, open and close it several times to guarantee it's in good working order.
Wayside Fence Company in Bay Shore, New York, sells retail and wholesale fencing and performs fence installations in Nassau and Suffolk counties. They sell to contractors and homeowners throughout New York, New Jersey, and New England. Call (631) 968-6828, visit their website, or connect with them on Facebook or Twitter to schedule a gate or fence estimate today.