What are the Benefits of Having a Maintenance Contract for My Electric Driveway Gate?
Ok, we’ll level with you: The installation of electric driveway gates is not a cheap proposition. Because of this, it only makes sense to keep your investment in as good a condition as possible to extend the life of the equipment and reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs.
Costs are all over the board depending on how many gates are to be serviced, how frequent the service is to be provided, and how many additional benefits are provided by the service company (discounted or free replacement parts, for instance). In general, you can assume that preventative maintenance contracts will cost between $150 and $250 per gate, per maintenance visit.
There are many benefits of regular maintenance. Parts that should be lubricated receive lubrication to prevent potential mechanical issues. Wire connections are kept tightened, preventing potential electrical issues. All equipment, including safety devices, are tested for proper functionality and adjusted as needed to prevent possible failures and unsafe conditions.
Driveway gates installation and repair companies can offer many different types of maintenance contracts.
Maintenance contracts range widely in the type of coverage they offer. We’ll focus on what we’re calling "basic contracts" and "platinum contracts" in this article, but know that anything and everything in between might be available as well.
You may opt for a basic contract, which only offers one maintenance visit a year, or you may opt for all the bells and whistles such as a platinum package. This might include quarterly visits, discounts on service calls, and discounts on parts, or even no cost replacements of any items that are damaged.
For a single family residence that only has one driveway gate that gets a small amount of use, a once a year basic maintenance package is more than sufficient. In fact, you may want to do your own maintenance. Your gate installer should be able to educate you on what needs to be done to maintain your electric gate.
Multiple family residences such as apartments with multiple driveway gates would benefit from multiple visits per year. The frequency will depend on the number of residences and the amount of daily use/traffic, as well as the type of electric gate openers that are installed. Consult with your gate service technician to get a good idea of how many maintenance visits per year might be appropriate for your site.
Commercial or industrial sites may be interested in a no-nonsense, complete replacement package where the annual maintenance and repair costs for their driveway gates are pre-determined and factored into their budget. In this case, if anything goes wrong, it would be replaced or repaired for no charge under their maintenance contract. These electric gate maintenance contracts can be quite costly upfront, but can save time and money over the long run.
Our certified driveway gates installers can help you determine what type of maintenance contract is best for you.