Automatic Gates: More common issues

Automatic gates can be a godsend; they make security simple and painless, but they are not without their issues. Below are some common issues that homeowners with automatic gates face, and how to solve them.

Cold temperatures

Cold causes metal to contract, which can interfere with the proper function of a gate, and grease not specifically designed for colder temperatures may thicken and make the gate open slowly or even not at all. Additionally, the battery may not be able to fully connect and complete a circuit as the metal components in and outside the battery box cool. However, there are several things a gate repair technician can do. They can insulate the box with Styrofoam or other material, to help keep the battery at a more moderate temperature. They can also replace the battery if it’s been corroded or simply has exceeded its lifespan, which can be worsened by poor weather conditions.

Improper installation

Sometimes, you may purchase a home that already has an automatic gate installed. However, if the gate was not installed properly, you will undoubtedly run into problems. If a swinging gate is not installed properly on a slanted driveway, for instance, you may not be able to open or close the gate all the way. Our company provides custom gate installations that are guaranteed to function, and we also provide gate repair for your automatic gate, to keep it in good order as it ages.


Sticks, leaves, rocks, and other natural impediments can affect how a gate functions. When considering automatic gate installations, it’s important to take into consideration natural factors such as trees that may drop leaves or branches onto the track of the gate, as well as manmade factors like proximity to a road that might kick up gravel into the way. Gate installations can be expensive, so when choosing to take that step, our technicians can work with you to ensure that no natural factors will affect the functioning of your gate. You want to simply drive up, press the button, and be on your way, without having to worry about clearing a path, which rather defeats the purpose of the gate to start with.

Ensure your gate functions manually

There may be times you need to open the gate manually – during a power outage, or when it breaks and you haven’t had a chance to call the repair man yet. Avoid being trapped on your own property, and make sure during the installation process that there is a backup procedure for opening your gate manually.


Having an automatic gate can be a convenient way to help increase the security and aesthetic appeal of your home. However, if problems arise, they can be more of a hindrance than a help. Our company is dedicated to helping you get the most out of your gate, from installation to repairs, without having to worry about doing any of the work yourself. You’re busy, and you want your gate to integrate seamlessly into your life without you having to think about it. We’re committed to helping you do just that. So whether you need a custom gate installation or just battery replacement, we’re here to help.

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