When looking for a someone to provide you services, you want the best. You want to know that you’re in good hands. With Gate Repair In Mill Valley, we give you a professional and efficient service you are 100% guaranteed to be satisfied with. Our professional team of repair technicians understands the importance of your gate to your schedule and peace of mind, and we take that need seriously.
We see it all the time – gates frozen in place, ruined automation equipment, rotted-out wooden boards, and rusted wrought iron. Here in the northeast, our seasonal climate changes – from hot and humid summers to harsh, freezing winters – cause costly damage to automated driveway gates and property fences every year.
Follow this winter-prep checklist to avoid costly repairs to your driveway gates and fences.
Check over your fencing and gates (especially if they are wrought iron) and touch up any areas that need paint. Snow tends to pile up and sit on a specific area for a long time, causing unprotected wood and iron to rot or rust.
CLEAR AWAY LEAF PILEUP
Remove leaves and other garden debris from the bottom of fences and gate automation equipment. Piled-up leaves essentially act as compost and will deteriorate fencing, gates and posts.
JUST SAY NO TO SALT
Don’t spread salt and other ice melts directly onto your fences and gates. The chemicals in these materials can eat away at the finish.
CLEAN SNOW BY HAND
To keep your gates swinging freely, request that your snow-plow company clean any snow from around your automated gates by hand. This will also prevent the gates from getting frozen in place by ice and snow.
SCHEDULE SEASONAL MAINTENANCE
Have the hydraulic fluid changed to remove water from the operators. Water can collect in the gate motors and freeze in the cold weather, wreaking havoc on the internal seals and potentially ruining the entire operator. Also be sure that the gate hinges are properly greased to keep them swinging freely through the season.
So, while you’re sealing doors and windows, having your chimney inspected, and servicing your heating system, add a maintenance call to your driveway gate company to have your gate prepped for the winter.
Gate Repair In Mill Valley offers service agreements that include seasonal maintenance and priority service in case of weather-related damage and other emergencies. We can service and repair any automated entry gate, whether we originally installed it or not.
Pros and Cons of Gate Materials
The truth is that over the years the extreme differences among gate materials are reduced due to their extended processing based on new technological means but still there are plenty of things to consider before you make your final choice. The dilemma of whether to prefer a wood or steel gate may confuse you but there are still slight differences among them or even among panels made of iron and apart from the cost, your final decision should be based on other criteria including the future maintenance service needs of the material.
Wood gates are always a top choice
Regardless of the abundance in choices, wood will always be a great choice and perhaps the number one option for numerous consumers due to its classy style, beauty and elegance. It is obvious that wood gates will be more expensive because this is a natural material and due to the size of the door but the difference in retail money will be returned to you in the form of increased marketing value. The fact is that moisture has always been the biggest enemy of wood but today manufacturers process the material and add undercoats and special overlays for their higher resistance. These panels do not usually have rails and this way your property will be kept private from the public eye but gate repair and frequent maintenance of the material will still be needed to keep it resistant.
Steel or iron, they are all made of the same material and their basic disadvantage is their eventual erosion unless you choose galvanized gates and forget about rust problems. In any other case, you will need to check them often in order to prevent such problems or fix them in time. Steel may not have the elegance of wood but many consumers would choose ornamental iron gates since they are beautiful and come in a plethora of styles. The best thing about iron gates is their lower cost and, thus, you can spend more on a good driveway gate opener and other features to enhance your security further.
We install a variety of garage door styles and types. In order to effectively install your garage door, you should consider some important elements and procedures. Overhead doors are relatively easy to install, especially with the instructions readily accessible and interpreted for people to do so with the least amount of burden. Read more about garage door installation. We also have extensive experience in garage door repair services.