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How does a swinging gate work?
Swinging gates work like any ordinary door. Often they have two wings that easily open with a push or a pull. Less effort is exerted in using this type of gate compared to the sliding gates or other types of gates. Most residential owners prefer this type of gate especially when they have to choose a manually operated gate. This type of gate is cheaper and can be easily opened.
What can happen to hinges in gates that affects the functionality of gates?
Hinges hold the gates in place and it is very important that they are always in good condition. You make a thorough inspection of your hinges as they may cause problems to your gates. The hinges may be loose, too light to be able to support your heavy gate, bent, rusty or worn out. You have repair or fix your hinges to avoid any accidents
What can be causing my gate door not to close fully?
Gate doors are operated either manually or mechanically. Either way, it is expected to close properly. If your gate door doesn’t close properly, check if there is something blocking its way. At times the mechanism of the gate or its controls becomes defective. Do not replace them immediately. Check them first as they might need some minor adjustments only or change in the batteries or power supply.
Which type of gate requires less maintenance?
Aluminum and stainless steel gates are some of the best as they are more resistant to corrosion. The ultimate choice is a thick galvanized steel gate with a coating that is well maintained. This will last for decades, say our experts, if they are maintained properly.
What are the disadvantages of having an automatic gate opener?
The biggest problem you may encounter with an automatic gate opener is when the power goes out since it runs on electricity. Our experts recommend having a back-up power supply even just for the opener so the gate wouldn’t get stuck if the power dies. Otherwise, the known disadvantages are very few.
What are the common sizes of gates?
Typical gates are usually 12 to 24 feet in width, although bi-parting gates may extend up to 32 feet. The size must be suitable to what is needed. The gate certainly cannot be smaller than the vehicle expected to pass through it. Common driveway gates are from 10 to 12 feet wide. Commercial-use gates are usually around 18 feet.
Can the opener equipment be hidden from view?
This depends of your landscape and the layout of your property surrounding the gate. In the vast majority of cases there is usually a way to assemble the opener so that it is not out in the open and clearly visible. A gate expert would assess the possibilities and provide you with options.