(BPT) - Weather extremes are brutal on exterior landscaping. Rain, snow, wind and temperature variances all take a toll, especially on residential fencing.
Rain accelerates rust and wood-rot, and ground freezing and thawing or high winds can affect gate alignment. Gate misalignment - as well as rusty, metal hinges and latches - can lead to gates that no longer close securely. These conditions can be dangerous or even deadly if ignored. Weakened or damaged fencing can open up your property to unwanted intruders.
Now's the time to inspect fencing, gates and gate hardware around your property to ensure all are in good working condition.
Selecting the right gate hardware can easily solve most of these problems. Innovative gate hinges and latches by D&D Technologies are made of super strong engineering polymers that will not rust, are adjustable, self-lubricating and include high-grade stainless steel mounting hardware. They require little or no maintenance over the years and are backed by a lifetime limited warranty.
You can update your gates so that they are self-closing and self-latching, improve their security and overall look, in just a few minutes with these unique products. D&D latches feature built-in key locks, which eliminate the hassles and extra cost of a separate padlock or pull-string. The company's TrueClose hinges have a built-in self-closing spring that is tension adjustable for different gate weights with a twist of a screwdriver and eliminates those dangerous and unsightly external springs. These products are simple to install, and some models include easy vertical and horizontal adjustments, which help keep gates properly aligned for secure closing, years after the products are installed.
Fences protect children and pets from danger - whether they're designed to keep toddlers out of swimming pools or to keep children and pets in the yard, away from busy traffic. Properly working gates can also reduce homeowners' liability.
Even if your fence has been erected primarily to define your property line, access gates that don't close or latch properly are ineffective. When was the last time you checked each gate around your property?
"In our research, we found that when homeowners consider their fencing needs, rusty metal gate hardware that no longer functions properly was their No. 1 concern," says D&D Technologies' Senior Vice President Jim Paterson. "Most homeowners are not aware that rust-free and adjustable gate hardware is available."
If you have a pool or spa, or want to prevent children from opening any gate, D&D's MagnaLatch is specifically designed for these situations. It meets all international swimming pool barrier codes and is endorsed by many safety experts.
"Now is a great time to ensure that your fences and gates are functioning properly and are protected from rust, a destructive force that can render gate hardware useless," says Paterson. "Common gate latches are inexpensive and function fine when new. However, as soon as rust sets in, these latches no longer close without manual assistance. A quick inspection - and if needed - the minutes spent installing new gate hardware, can help protect your family and property, increasing security and decreasing liability."
D&D's rust-free gate hardware is available through fencing contractors and also direct to consumers under the Stanley or National Hardware brand through Lowe's and other hardware retailers.