How to Lubricate Your Garage Door

Seasonal garage door maintenance is necessary to keep your overhead garage door system running smoothly. One of the easiest things you can do as a homeowner is to lubricate all of the metal moving parts on your garage door. Since your garage door is the heaviest and largest moving object on your home it is subject to a lot of wear. Failure to maintain your overhead door could post a safety and security risk to your family. Always lubricate your garage door seasonally to ensure lasting performance.

Garage door lubrication is the most basic method of preventative maintenance. Frequent use and exposure to harsh weather will wear down the metal components of the garage door over time. Noisy garage doors are a warning sign that you should pay attention to. Grinding and squeaking noises are common during garage door operation – especially on old doors. Most of the time seasonal or annual lubrication will take care noisy and rough door operation. Lubricating your garage door can be safely done by any homeowner. It is inexpensive and can be done in less than 10 minutes.

What garage door lubrication should I use?

Most people tend to use WD-40 for most household lubrication projects. WD-40 is certainly acceptable if nothing else is available, but definitely not recommended. Special garage door lubricants are available for overhead door systems. These lubricants contain ingredients like silicone or lithium. Stay away from thick, gummy lubricants like rail grease. These products tend to attract dirt and dust and will seize up components in the cold winter months.

Garage Door Guide Cal
Hello, I’m Cal – owner of Garage Door Guide LLC    

I write tutorials about garage door repair, installation and maintenance. With over a decade of experience in the overhead door industry I’ve learned a lot and I’d like to share my knowledge with you.

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