April 10 2016 0Comment

Weather-Proofing your Gate

There was once a time when having a gated driveway was the be-all and end-all finishing touch for a home-owner. Over the years, the idea of protecting your property in this way hasn’t changed – but the gate at the end of your driveway has. Long gone are the painted metal gates and chain link fences. These days, these have been replaced by stylish and beautifully made electric wooden gates.

When you choose Mitech Joinery to design and build your perfect electric wooden gate, you are getting the full package. When it is finally installed, it can be tempting to sit back and relax, taking in how good your house looks, thanks to your new gate.

Thanks to the hard work of our team of designers and joiners, you can rest assured that your brand new electric wooden gate is built to last, despite the trials and tribulations that the weather in the UK can throw at it.

However, for those of you with an aged or older gate boxing off your property, it is important not to be complacent when it comes to weatherproofing. While buying one of our wooden gates guarantees that this will not be an issue for our customers, we are going to list our top weather-proofing tips for those that are not yet graced with a gate from Mitech Joinery.Keep your gate and surrounding fencing clean and free of dirt and debris. Over time, this debris will begin to decay, which can damage your gate

After an extended period of time, all gates will show signs of wear and tear and the exterior surface will deteriorate. Test your gate for how waterproof it is by spraying water on it. It the patch gets darker, then you need to re-treat your gate. If left untreated, wood that gets wet can warp and change shape, rendering your gate impractical

A fully waterproofed gate will repel water, with water beading on the surface – much like water in a non-stick pan. If this is not the case, it’s time to get treating your gate!

Clean your gate before adding the treatment, allowing the wood cleaning solution to soak in for at least fifteen minutes. Scrub and rinse thoroughly. Leave your fence to dry out thoroughly for at least 3-5 days before re-sealing

Apply your waterproofing as a spray or with an applicator, and apply in thin layers covering the full surface of the gate

If there is any rust on metal joints and hinges, brush off and paint thoroughly with an anti-rust product.

This process will need repeating every few years or so to ensure that your gate looks as fresh as the day you got it. If your current driveway gate is already damaged beyond repair, now is the time to consider freshening up your driveway with a bespoke designed electric wooden gate from Mitech.

For more information on our range of gates, or to enquire about having your very own gate designed, please contact us today to discuss your options.


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