When it comes to garage door inspection, we at Neighborhood Garage Doors recommend having it done annually. You can choose to have inspection appointments more often if your door is used more than the average garage door. We are here to help with all your questions and services for your garage door.
Lubrication Is Key
By keeping the parts of your garage door lubricated, you can help extend the use of your garage door. The tracks, screws, hinges, and springs of your door are all made of metal. That means if they are not well lubricated, and they rub together, it can cause an awful screeching sound when your door is opening and closing. Adding a lubricant to your door is something we can do when we do you maintenance and inspection appointment. You can also choose to do this yourself in between appointments.
The Proper Lubricant to Use
Many people believe WD40 to be a lubricant; this is not so. Actually, WD40 is meant for degreasing and used to be an anti-rust agent. A grease agent such as WD40 will cause the grease to build up and prevent your door from working freely the way it should. The stickiness can be hard to remove.
The correct type of lubricant for garage doors would be a non-silicone lubricant, such as LPS 2. This can really work with the parts of your garage door and give your ears a rest from the squeaks and screeches.
What Parts Should I Lubricate?
Frequent lubrication is a must to aid in the correct opening and closing of your garage door. For best results, clean each part thoroughly before adding a lubricant. As you go, always use a clean cloth to remove any gunk and debris, being careful to avoid dripping any lubricant on the floor.
Here are the parts to use the lubricant solution on:
- Hinges – this is only for metal hinges; avoid lubricant on plastic hinges and it can cause breakage. Start with lubricating at the pivot point.
- Rollers – the rollers are how your door travels up and down in the tracks. For metal rollers, lubricate them. If you have nylon rollers, though, avoid getting the lubricant on them.
- Springs – the torsion springs are used to lift your door up and down. Locate your springs and lubricate them well to help extend the life of your garage door.
It is important that you never use lubricant on the tracks or on the bearings of the garage door. You can clean them to remove debris and dust, but the lubricant will not help them to perform any better. It is imperative that you keep the parts of your garage door clean and lubricated well to aid in the lifespan of your door.
Let’s Get In Touch
When you are ready for an annual maintenance and inspection appointment, call Neighborhood Garage Door. We are here to answer all your questions about your door and come to help if you need us. Give us a call and we will get your appointment booked today.