Any property owner will know that winter weather can be brutal for automatic systems like garages, doors and gates. After all, below freezing temperatures and heavy snowfalls are going to wreak havoc on your security investments if you don’t actively work to prevent them. Here atCheshire Metalcraft, we understand how difficult it can be to find the energy to look after an automatic gate during winter, however we want to stress how important it is not to neglect them. Read on as we go through three important maintenance requirements to carry out during the winter season…


An automatic gate is programmed to move its own weight and this means that there cannot be anything blocking it. As a result, it is important that you actively remove any snow build-up that may have collated around the gate so that they are able to swing freely. After all, this can not only prevent smooth gate operation, cold or melted snow can actually damage the motor of an automatic gate.


The temperature during winter can plummet and this means that the hinges on your gates can freeze and become sticky, preventing you from using them. As a result, it is important that you grease them in order to ensure that they are lubricated enough. In fact, this is also important for your motor too as the moving parts must be able to glide across one another and freezing winter temperature can prevent this. With this said, it is important that you do not grease your automatic gates during wet weather.

Wear and Tear

Only a well cared for automatic gate will be able to withstand the brutality of winter. After all, general wear and tear is something that should be attended to immediately because below-freezing temperatures can exacerbate them. For example, you should check the drive belt in order to assess for signs of wear and tear such as cracking or missing chunks of materials. After all, the drive belt is the heart of an automatic gate motor, which means that any damage needs repairing sooner rather than later.

Extreme temperatures can set you back hundreds of pounds in repair work if you don’t carry out the necessary maintenance requirements on your automatic gates. After all, the motor will only work if you are looking after it all year round. To find out more information about looking after your automatic gates this Christmas, get in contact with the best gates in Manchester and speak to a member of the Cheshire Metalcraft team today!