Automatic Gates Which Repair?
I have more than one repair recommendation, which should I choose?
Powered gate installations are costly investments, that if designed & installed correctly add great value to the property and are worthy of investing in their longevity of effective service.
Poorly designed or installed systems, as well as old, unsafe or badly functioning gates, often need more consideration, before too much is spent on them! Drawing a line at what is affordable before the whole system is replaced, modified or overhauled and how long it may last is a fair start.
Therefore, each recommendation, its value and direct affect upon the system, its performance, reliability and durability, as well as safe use, all need to be justified.
Safety use and reliability are often the first topics any priority recommendation would address. Security often contradicts safety and represents additional works beyond the obvious. Functionality, Convenience, Upgrade and Cosmetics, often follow as less important, but not always. Some adjustments or repairs can affect each other or add new considerations that may again be missed, or seem less important than beforehand.
How would we know?
Most of the time you wouldn’t, not until it was too late! Qualification and motive behind the advice given, can often help justify what is offered and similar reference sites can be used to evident examples of such work.
Proof of a long term commitment to customer’s service and installation support, from your chosen provider or the work suggested, is very important.
Best advice has to take many things into consideration as every site is unique and with the individual needs of each owner being addressed, the many different types of products, gates, controls & equipment, varied communications, surveillance and associated items such as a post box, lighting etc.
Our engineers look at some tell-tail signs to guide us as to the likely short comings and potential failings of a system. We look at the whole installation and highlight the obvious weaker parts as well as we are able at the time.
What are they likely to be?
Common indicators toward a systems un-reliability are; cable types & protection - system age - type & condition of operators, controller & equipment – state and suitability of the gate, furniture, fixings & support – system suitability in general (users, location & environment) – state of decoration etc.
Every day owners have to balance repairs cost and consequence, short & long term!
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