At Overhead Door Company, we’re proud to maintain a fantastic relationship with many of our garage door clients. Whether in commercial, residential or even industrial garage door areas, we offer a combination of quality in-person services and valuable expertise – the sort that allows homeowners or building managers to properly care for and maintain their garage doors and spaces for years with limited hassle or expense.
One such area that’s very important for long-term garage door upkeep? Lubrication. Garage doors have several distinct components that move in coordination with each other, and can create friction and wear-related issues over time if they are not properly lubricated to allow for smooth movement. This is an area any handy home or business owner can cover themselves if they feel comfortable – here are a few tips to follow, including the proper lubricant to use and the areas of the garage door that require attention.
Proper Lubrication Solution
One big tip here before you get started: While many who have not lubricated a garage door in the past may automatically assume that a related product like WD-40 is the way to go, they’d be mistaken. While WD-40 is a solid product that helps resist rust and grease concerns in many areas, it is not technically a lubricant – it’s actually considered a cleaning solvent. Another solution to avoid is grease, which may seem like a good idea but will create sticky areas that lead to dust and other buildups which are difficult to clean.
Instead of WD-40, choose a specific lubricant solution designed for garage doors and similar components. A common option we recommend is LPS 2, a non-silicone lubricant that’s perfect for these kinds of areas. If this is not available, ask you local hardware store expert (or our team) for their recommendation.
Areas of Garage Door to Lubricate
There are several areas of the garage door you’ll want to consider lubrication for, whether once a year or multiple times. Before lubricating, be sure to clean each of these areas thoroughly with a dry cloth to remove dust or other debris. In addition, keep another dry cloth with you to clean up drips or spills as you go.
These are the areas of the garage you should be looking at:
- Hinges: All metal garage door hinges have pivot points where they open and close – these are the areas that should be lubricated. Stay away from lubricating plastic parts, which do not require it and may actually decompose faster due to it.
- Springs: Torsion springs are in charge of opening and closing the garage door, and lubricating them is vital. Use just enough lubricant to keep the springs efficient, a service that will add years to your garage door’s lifespan.
- Rollers: Metal rollers allow the door to move up and down on its tracks, and you can lubricate both the track and the metal rollers. If your rollers contain nylon, avoid lubricant in those areas.
For more on lubricating your garage door, or to learn about any of our garage door repair services, speak to the staff at Overhead Door Company today.