At the end of a long and tiring day, the last thing you want to deal with when you arrive at home is a noisy garage door. The cacophony of screeching and creaking noises whenever you open and close your door is both annoying and bothersome.
Properly lubricating your garage door
Your garage door is one of the largest moving parts of your home. You use it to store your vehicle, and even as a storage room or a spare room for your regular use. As such, it is critical to keep it in a good working condition.
Similar to a machine, your garage door is composed of different components that need constant lubrication to function better. This helps it to work smoothly and keeps it from making cringe-worthy sounds. Since lubrication is one of the most needed preventive maintenance of your garage doors, doing it regularly would reduce the cost of making future major repairs.
Before jumping into any lubricating projects on your garage door, however, there are some things you should consider:
Parts to be lubricated
Your focus when doing this maintenance is all the movable units of your garage door. These include the pivot points of the hinges, springs, the bearing of the rollers, and locks. When working on the hinges, it is important to lubricate only the steel ones. Applying lubrication on the plastic one would only cause early degradation of the material.
When applying lubricant on springs, rollers and locks, you would want to cover it thoroughly with your garage door lubricant but not to the extent of soaking it and making it drip. For nylon rollers, apply lubricant only on the bearings and not on the rollers themselves.
Garage door tracks are one moving component of the garage door where lubricant is not applicable. For proper maintenance, it is essential to keep them clean with the use of soap and water
Lubricant to be used
The choice of lubricant is important for the proper care of garage door. For one, you cannot just use any grease or oil for lubricating the parts of your garage doors. Grease for one would just make your garage door harder to manipulate especially on cold weathers because it hardens easily.
There are specialized lubrication fluids ideal for your garage door –one that can withstand the extremes of temperature and won’t attract dust and grainy particles the way most grease does. These can either be in the form of silicone-based and light lithium based grease. Though WD-40 is good in helping clean you garage doors, it is not advisable to use it in place of a garage door lubricant.
Check for signs of wear
While you are at it, you can check for some wear and tear on some of your garage door parts like the cables. Frayed cables should give you a heads up that your garage door may be needing more advanced maintenance. Never attempt to handle this on your own. Components such as springs and screws needed special tools for handling that may cause injuries if not done by professionals on the field.
A1 Garage Door Service on-call 24/7
Fortunately, for all your garage door concerns, A1 Garage Door Service is ready to give you a hand. Whether it is just a problem on your garage door lubrication or something much more complicated like wear and tear on the components of your garage doors, our team of experts at A1 Garage Door Service is always available to assist you – no matter what time of the day.
No problem is too small for us and you’ll always be our priority. No need to be confused on the proper maintenance of your garage door or what type of lubricant best applies to it. We’re going to handle it for you. Just call us at (844) 388-3587 and experience only the best service for your garage door needs.