In Britain, the winter weather can be unpredictable at the best of times and can potentially cause issues with your electric gate systems.

Let’s take a look at the possible causes and how to prevent them from occurring:

Snow and Ice
Whilst a little sprinkling of snow can look pretty, you need to be aware that any blockages or obstructions to your gates’ photo sensors can stop them from working. To overcome this, you just need to wipe away the snow from both of your sensors.
If you have sliding electric gates, it is worth checking the track regularly to ensure that there are no blockages or obstructions. Any blockages that do occur can trigger the obstacle detection function and stop your gates from moving.

Rain
Generally speaking, all gate installations are built to withstand heavy rainfall. But if the rain is heavy for long periods of time and your property is liable to flooding, your underground motor could potentially experience problems.
Your motor for the gate is installed underground in a foundation box which should have an inbuilt soakaway to allow any water to drain out of it. If your drainage is poor or you have experience of flooding, your motor could become submerged, and it can affect the operation of your gates. A way around this is to install a drainage channel across the driveway to divert the water flow away from your foundation box. Do talk to us if you have any concerns about this, we are more than happy to advise.

High Winds
This winter more than ever we have experienced the worst storms in 30 years – particularly with storm Eunice which wreaked havoc throughout the UK in February.

Certain materials and designs of gates can be more susceptible to wind damage. Examples such as iron gates with open patterns are the most unlikely to be affected, however, a close- boarded type gate could experience some issues. The gates that we manufacture ourselves are extremely durable and over 30 years of experience in the industry has given us the knowledge to advise our customers on the most suitable type of gate for your properties location.

If you have any concerns with your gates or would like to enquire about replacing your existing gates, please do get in touch with us. We would be more than happy to advise you on the best solution based on your property and your style preferences.