Much like the human body, your garage door is a collection of moving parts that work in concert toward a common goal. And just as your body needs nutrients to keep your bones, joints and muscles in good shape, your garage door also needs adequate lubrication to keep its moving parts in working order.
While many homeowners understand why they should keep their garage doors properly lubed, they might not realize that it takes the right type of lubricant to keep garage doors in great shape. The following explains the importance of using the right lube for your garage door as well as which lubes to use and which ones to steer clear of.
Keeping your garage door well lubricated isn’t just about noise reduction. You also want your garage door’s moving parts, including the springs, hinges and rollers, to last for the long haul. That’s only possible if you use the lubricant that works best with your particular type of garage door.
Lubrication is essential for metal components that are in direct contact with each other, such as the hinges that hold each garage door section together. Most lubricants leave behind a film that gives moving metal parts a frictionless surface to glide on, thus reducing component wear while improving your garage door’s movement.
Using the right lubricant ensures that your garage door components are able to work with minimal wear and tear and last longer. Your garage door will also be at less risk of breaking down when you least expect it.
Rust may develop naturally, but it’s also something that can spell a short life for many of your garage door’s moving parts. Take your torsion or extension springs as an example. The formation of rust on the springs’ surface can weaken their structural integrity, making them more likely to snap apart under stress.
Constant contact with moisture can cause your garage door’s metal components to rust over a long period of time. The right lubricant forms a protective barrier between bare metal surfaces and rust-causing moisture, thus preventing rust from forming as long as your garage door components are lubricated on a regular basis.
White lithium grease and silicone-based lubricants are the most common choices among homeowners and manufacturers alike. These lubricants offer a high degree of protection against friction and rust for moving parts. Compared to traditional greases, white lithium grease and silicone-based lubes are less likely to gum up moving surfaces.
If you don’t have any white lithium grease or silicone-based lube on hand, ordinary motor oil also works in a pinch. The only downside to using motor oil is that it’s a lot messier than using a more convenient can of spray lubricant. You’ll need to lay down plenty of newspaper or old rags if you want to keep your garage floor clean as you apply this lubricant.
Components that constantly operate under high loads or have a lot of gears and bearings, such as your garage door opener, often require a different kind of lubricant. Instead of using lighter lithium and silicone lubes, you’ll want to use thicker heavy-duty synthetic greases in order to keep these parts in top shape.
Water-displacing spray lubricants like WD-40 are a common go-to for a wide variety of household projects. Nevertheless, such substances not an ideal choice when it comes to lubricating your garage door. The unique properties of this particular lubricant aren’t well suited to the work your garage door’s moving parts perform on a daily basis.
Water-displacing lubricants aren’t exactly true lubricants. These products actually consist of solvents that attack rust and residue and are useful for cleaning rusted surfaces. There’s little to no actual lubricant used. The lubrication these products provide for metal parts is actually a side effect of the rust-removal process.
Using the right lubricant can have a tremendous impact on your garage door’s performance as well as its longevity. Contact the professionals at Eudy Door Co. to learn more about garage door maintenance.