It’s Cold Outside – Good Time to Lubricate Your Garage Door
Ay, yes, lubricating the garage door. Not exactly at the top of your ‘to-do’ list every weekend is it? In fact, you’ve probably never done it or, at best, once or twice in the prideful enthusiasm of having just installed a new garage door.
And that’s not to mention the fact that, even if you were to world’s greatest maintainer of everything in your home, garage door and all, you wouldn’t choose to lubricate the door in the middle of winter.
But colder winter temperatures are dry, and when temperatures warm up even slightly, damp conditions can prevail. The flip-flop between dry and wet conditions can make garage doors squeal or even stick during operation.
Even if your door is just two years old, it’s time to lubricate it. And to maximize its working life, you should continue to do so twice a year from now on. Moving forward, perhaps you can set up a schedule of fall and spring lubrication times to avoid the really cold weather.
In any case, it’s not a long process, so you won’t get too chilly.
How to Lubricate Your Garage Door
You’ll need to know two things before you begin: what parts of the door you need to lubricate and what type of lubricant to use on each part.
Moving Metal Parts
Including the hinges that connect the door panels, the springs and roller bearings, the moving metal parts of the door should be lubricated with a petroleum-based lubricant. Not only will it reduce the squealing and sticking, but the door’s operation will be much smoother. The lubricant will also protect the parts against rust. It is important that you do not lubricate the surface of the rollers or the tracks they operate in, but clean them both thoroughly.
For PVC Seals
PVC seals are used between the door’s panels, along its base and around the frame of the door to help keep out noise and the elements. Use a silicone-based lubricant on all the seals. On the seals between the panels, the lubricant will help the door work smoothly and prevent premature wear. The lubricant will also stop UV rays from deteriorating the seals around the door’s frame. UV rays. And apply some lubricant to the bottom seal of the door to prevent it from sticking to the door jamb.
Just like that, you’re done. Now you can get back inside where it’s warm, comfortable in the knowledge that you garage door is well lubricated for at least the next six months.