Gates Don’t Go with Snow
We received a little bit of snow this week. In fact, we’re still digging out. It’s a good reminder that gates don’t go with snow.
Whether your gates are manually operated or automated, they work best and are less trouble if the snow is cleared away. Just like you clear your windows before moving your car, you should do the same with your gates. Clear their path of travel.
If you use your gate as a plow, you could damage the hardware and the gate. If it’s an automated gate, you’ll void any warranties on the operator and could create a dangerous situation using the gate as a plow.
Lubricate moving parts with a water repellent product to help reduce seizing in cold temps. For swing gates that means lubricating hinges and latches. On a slide gate, that could mean lubricating either the gate tracks or gate frame, wheels, and latches.
And if you have an automated gate, make sure operators, accessories, chains, etc. are clear of snow and ice as well.
Pictured: Arched, ornamental drive gates with pad-mounted, swing gate operators in South Lake Tahoe (El Dorado County.)