If you have a noisy garage door, you’re probably keen to fix it quickly so it doesn’t disturb your household or your neighbors. And the knowledge of garage door lubrication is fortunately easily accessible even to the DIY enthusiast.
Regularly lubricating your garage door is as important a part of overall garage door maintenance and repair as any other typical repair. These slabs are big and heavy, no matter the style, so it’s important to take good care of them for safety reasons, and maintaining your garage door can mean less expense on repairs in the future…
How to lubricate a garage door?
No matter what type of garage door you have, it is usually the largest moving part of your home, so lubrication of the drives is essential. Most garage door lubricants are available in an aerosol or spray can, so wear a mask and goggles. Be prepared to use a ladder to reach high guides. Lubricate the door in the closed position, as this allows the lubricant to get to the right place and will not drip onto other parts of the door. Pay attention to the rollers. Spray the hinges and wheels that are on the guide. Spray the axles on which the rollers are mounted on the wheels. Do not apply grease directly to the bar, only to the rollers. Make sure you don’t spray the nylon rollers though, only the steel ones. Also pay attention to the springs and bearings. Spray the springs and bearings on top of the track where they connect to the bearings and door springs. You should also take care of the condition of the springs. The extension or torsion spring should be lubricated, as it dries, it causes more wear when the coils are compressed under high tension.
How to silence a noisy gate?
If lubrication doesn’t solve the problem, the door may be old, unbalanced, or the nuts and bolts may need tightening. In the event of play, you will need to tighten both the door and the sliding elements. The cause of the noise may be worn rollers – if this is the case, you may also notice wobbling. Nylon versions can be a good choice as they are less noisy than steel ones. They also do not require lubrication, which saves maintenance work in the future.
Garage door springs not only need to be balanced but also lubricated. While this is a do-it-yourself job, it’s best to call in a professional, especially if you have torsion springs. Also, make sure you check the guides for debris that can cause door noise. Clean them carefully or use a vacuum cleaner. A knocking door, in turn, may mean that you need to replace the seal at the bottom.
What to use to grease a garage door?
To lubricate a noisy garage door, you’ll need a spray with silicone lubricant or lithium grease or specialty grease. You may wonder whether to use WD-40, but as it dries, dirt collects on it, which makes the door creak even more. However, there are specialized versions of WD-40.