Gate Tips: Decorating For The Holidays 🦃🎄🎅🏻

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s that time of year to pull those beautiful decorations out of the attic and hang them around your property, even on your automated gate and fencing. Occasionally, this can cause a few issues, but knowing these do’s and don’t’s will help you have a less stressful time decorating during the holiday season:

 

  • Don’t block your photo-eye.

    • For all automated gates up to code and in compliance with the UL-325 code, your gate will have what is called a “photo eye”. It’s a device that allows the gate to stay open when the photo eye sensor is activated. And, if the photo eye is obstructed by a wreath or lights on your gate, it will cause the gate to “see” an obstacle and stay open until the issue is rectified.

 

  • Do check/replace batteries.

    • Regardless of whether your gate is AC powered, we always suggest checking the automated gate opener’s battery. Even if it’s brand new, it’s not unheard of to be a battery failure. Consider purchasing a voltmeter from your local hardware store or give us a call Quality Gates And Openers for a courtesy inspection.

 

  • Don’t leave your lights on.

    • While neighbors and passersby truly enjoy the festivity of Christmas lights, keep in mind that your power bill may be temporarily raised during the holiday season. Consider putting the lights on a timer to lessen the burden on your pocketbook.

 

  • Do clear debris/vegetation.

    • Check in and around your automated gate system for debris and vegetation that may inadvertently hinder the use of your gate. Many times during this time of year, you’ll want to keep an eye out for falling leaves. As it gets colder, freezing rain and snow can also cause obstructions. You may consider using Rain-X on your photo eye for weather-related issues.

 

And as always, if you have questions or concerns during this holiday season, contact Quality Gates And Openers immediately!

 

Buying A New Home With An Automated Gate?

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Don’t Forget To Ask These Questions!

 

As you’re searching for a new home, you’ll find that many previous homeowners have found an automated gate system is beneficial – convenient, reliable, and secure. So, when you’re viewing the home with the realtor, be sure to ask these additional questions regarding the functions and condition of the automated gate:

 

Does the gate swing, slide or raise?

If the property you’re looking to purchase has an automated gate, the first thing should be to determine if it swings, slides or raises to open and close. Swing gates tend to be quieter and can have fewer moving parts which may enable you to save money on future maintenance. Slide gates can take up less space and tend to have no gaps under them. This may be an option for those with pets and are worried about potential venturing out of the yard. A vertical pivot gate opens and closes by raising up such as a railroad crossing arm offering considerable space-saving advantages.

 

What is the gate made out of?

Weathering and upkeep are dependent on the gate’s material – metal or wood. Metal gates require minimal upkeep and are very easy to maintain. Aluminum is a naturally rust-resistant material while iron and steel gates are finished with a powder coating to ensure they don’t peel or fade. Metal gates typically don’t give a lot of privacy as they allow the ability to view the property between the slats. Wood gates do create a wonderful sense of privacy and are able to withstand harsh weather conditions and effectively block the wind. However, they will need to be regularly re-stained, re-painted, or treated with a type of protective coating.

 

How is the gate powered?

Automated gates are powered in multiple ways such as alternating current (connected to the property’s power source) or solar-powered (assists during a power outage). Newer model openers can also come with battery back-up.

 

Are there any built-in safety features?

Many gates systems include a variety of built-in safety mechanisms: reversing sensors, guards, alarms, and even siren operated sensors. These beneficial features assist in preventing injuries and damage to your property. However, if not, you’ll be able to easily have them purchased and retrofitted to the existing system.

 

Is the gate still under warranty?

If the gate system is still under warranty, it will be a considerable advantage. This way if there is a manufacturing defect, the warranty will cover the repair and/or replacement costs. Also, it’s possible the warranty will protect against accidental damage as well.

 

Is the gate in need of any repairs?

 

And, last but not least, be sure to check the gate for visible damage: dents, cracks, scratches, splits, rust, etc. You want to ensure everything is in good working order. A slow, unresponsive gate will move irregularly against the track, drag against the ground or stop in the wrong position. Severe damage may require replacing the entire automated gate system and could be costly.

 

Once You’ve Purchased The Property,

Schedule A Courtesy Inspection Today!

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Call 850-271-3617 or Email info@qualitygatesandopeners.com