It’s no secret that automatic gates increase the value of your property. In fact, having a gate drastically increases your home’s value by as much as $50,000 or more. However, over time, natural wear and tear and other factors will contribute to the decline in its lifespan. And while repairing your gate will naturally be your first instinct, it may be more cost-effective in the long run to simply replace your automatic gate.
Which option should you take? If you are unsure whether your home’s automatic gate is due for a replacement, keep reading. Our experts at 4 Sure Gates have listed four indicators that it’s time to replace your automatic gate:
They Are Safety Risks for People and Property
The absence of safety features on more dated gates is undoubtedly one of the most important reasons to consider acquiring a new set of automatic gates. Given that older models are programmed to only perform two functions (specifically, opening and closing), they may end up crushing anyone or anything that gets in their way. On the other hand, more modern gates—which are designed according to industry safety precautions and protocols—are built with sensors that will pause or cancel these automated processes when they detect an obstruction.
They Offer Poor Automation Performance
Pay attention to how your gate opens and closes whenever you’re using it. On average, these operations should only take a couple of seconds. Thus, if you find yourself waiting longer than necessary before being able to successfully pass through, it may be time to check its opener. Sometimes, there may be an obstruction that prevents it from performing optimally so it doesn’t open or close as needed. However, if there aren’t any visible and tangible external problems, it’s best to take it as a sign to look at its motor. The motor might be performing poorly simply because it’s old. Replacing your old setup might be in your best interests if you want to avoid the inconvenience of a suddenly stalled motor or a broken gate!
They Have a Broken Motor
Sometimes, old automated gates don’t just perform poorly––sometimes they refuse to work altogether. It most likely is a problem with your gate motor. Check whether there’s rust or corrosion on it. The motor could also be damaged due to pests or harsh weather conditions. In the case that the motor is unsalvageable, you’ll have to replace it. But without the assurance that you’ll find a compatible model for your outdated gate, much less have a guarantee that the replacement will work effectively, it’s much easier on you and your pocket to replace the entire gate with a newer type instead.
Lack of Spare Parts
It’s also worth mentioning that similar to the motor, an automatic gate’s other minor components may not be as readily available on the market. And while you may look for alternatives online, it may not be the fastest or most guaranteed option. Replacing your automatic gate with a newer model grants you the freedom of having access to more spare after-market parts and accessories when the need for them arises once more.
Are you ready to experience the convenience and benefits of having a brand new automatic gate installed once again? Call 4 Sure Gates at (817) 965-7873 and schedule your gate replacement today!