My Garage Door Needs Lubricated?

My Garage Door Needs Lubricated?

My Garage Door Needs Lubricated?

*Screech! Crash! Rattle.* These are some of the sounds your garage door may make while opening and closing. They may even seem normal to you because that’s all you’ve ever known. Shockingly enough, this is a common attitude amongst homeowners with noisy garage doors. They learn to live with it because they don’t think there’s any other choice.

Garage Door LubricationGood news! These noises aren’t permanent and can be corrected easily. They’re simply telling you that your garage door needs lubricated. Once properly lubricated, you will instantly have the calm, quiet garage door you once had.

Lubrication is Essential for Garage Door Health

As the largest moving object on your home, the noises your garage door makes are secondary to the problems that are making said noise. The springs, rollers, tracks and hinges all need to be lubricated once ever few months to keep the garage door functioning smoothly and quietly.

Depending on your garage doors configuration, your lubrication process may vary. However, you’ll want to overcome the bigger problem in this general order:

Tracks.

Clean the tracks with a rag to eliminate any build-up that may be interfering with your doors smooth operation. Note: Don’t lubricate the tracks, but ensure they are clean.

Springs.

Spray your garages torsion springs. These are the springs that lift your garage every day. Be sure to only lubricate them enough that they operate more smoothly.

Hinges.

Lubricate the steel hinges at their pivot points, but don’t worry about the plastic ones. If you lubricate plastic hinges, it causes them to break down over time.

Garage Door Lubrication

Rollers. 

If your rollers have nylon wheels that make contact with the track, only lubricate the bearings without getting any on the nylon. All-metal rollers don’t require nearly as much precision, but make sure to wipe any excess lubricant to prevent it from dripping on your garage floor or car.

Once your garage door is good and lubricated, open and close it several times to even out the lubricants distribution. If you still hear a lot of noise coming from your door, follow the sound to determine if you missed a moving part or if more a substantial correction is needed.

What kind of lubricate should you use?

This is a common question, and most people tend to go straight for the WD-40. Whatever you do, DO NOT use WD-40 on your garage door parts.

Instead of WD-40, use a silicone spray or white lithium grease to lubricate the moving parts. Aerosols are especially well-suited for injection into small moving parts, and these materials won’t attract dust or gum up like a mechanic’s grease or engine oil.

Light Up Your Garage

Light Up Your Garage

Having a beautiful garage door can significantly increase the curb appeal of your home. As the largest moving object on your home and an extension of your home’s exterior, depending on how well you take care of your garage door is a reflection on how you feel about your home.

Clopay Reserve Limited Edition CollectionOf all the lighting available, down-lighting is the most popular type when trying to highlight your garage door. These lights are installed above the garage that shine down on the garage door and surrounding areas. Some of the ways lighting can enhance and beautify your home are:

Accent your garage door

The lighting will accentuate the detail and unique features of your garage door. When people drive by, they will better notice the style and craftsmanship of your garage door. Proudly show off your new garage door!

Improve Home and Garage Security

Potential home intruders see your garage as another way to get into your home. They will consider scanning your garage door for potential weaknesses or watch to see if you accidentally leave it open. Home invaders tend to stray away from well-lit areas, so if your garage is lit up at night, it can be a great deterrent.

Additional Safety for your Family

Whether you’re up early before the sun to leave for work or school, or getting home late after the sun goes down, driving in or out of your house can be troublesome. Even with the headlights on your car, there are still objects you may miss which is where the lighting in and on your garage come in good use.

With the pros outweighing the (almost nonexistent) cons, down-lighting on your garage can be an excellent choice for many homeowners. Whether you are looking to improve your curb appeal or the safety of your home, lighting your garage door is definitely worth looking into.

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