It’s great to have a new timber gate fitted, but, Irish weather being what it is, it’s important to maintain the gate from the harsh Irish weather.
Here are a few simple tips to ensure that you get the longest life out of your gate.
- Never leave your gate open/ajar, freely swinging on its hinges: unless you are bringing bins through or using the side entrance, always keep the gate closed – that way it doesn’t get caught by a gust of wind and slam against the door-stop and frame. A slamming gate causes the doorstop to loosen and crack and also causes the gate boards to crack. In addition, a freely swinging gate pulls on the hinges which causes the gate to drop and misaligns the pad-bolt.
- If you have to use your side entrance and leave the gate ajar, then maybe fit a chain and hook on between the gate and wall that the gate opens onto to hook the gate while it’s open. Or , even place something heavy (perhaps a concrete block) against the bottom of the gate to stop it moving/swinging.
- At least once a year, treat you gate with a wood preservative; all of Dublin Gate Company’s gates (including frames and doorstops) are pressure treated and this ensure protection against wood rot and weathering. But a follow-up coat of wood stain does no harm and also gives the wood a nice finish.
- When painting/staining your gate, be sure to cover all of the edges of the gate – especially the cut edges (the top and bottom and the inside edge) for these are the areas most exposed to the weather.
For any other questions, contact us here at Dublin Gate Company and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.