How Often Do You Need Garage Door Lubrication?

A garage door looks pretty solid, but it is actually made up of a series of moving parts. Like any machine or device that features moving parts, eventually those parts will require lubrication. Certainly you can ignore them, perhaps even for a long while. However, without lubrication the moving parts of a garage door will begin to interact less smoothly with each other. Wear will increase as they begin to rub with each use and the unprotected metal may even begin to rust.

It is this wear and rust that will result in very costly repair, maybe not tomorrow, but eventually. Yet, with simple garage door lubrication, you can make that “eventually” come much later in your garage door’s life cycle.

What to Lubricate on a Garage Door

You may have some lubricants around the house, but you will want to make a trip to your local hardware store. Every hardware store has a pretty impressive lineup of lubricants, but nestled among them will be garage door lubrication that is specifically designed for a garage door’s moving parts. If you choose another one, if it is too thin, it won’t do a proper job. If it is too thick, it may not reach every area of the mechanism or will attract dirt.

Once you have the lubricant, there are a number of parts to use it on. These garage door parts include:

  • Door Hinges – Found on the inside of the door, allowing it to bend as it opens.
  • Rollers – Rollers are found on the left and right side of the door on the inside. They allow the door to roll along the track.
  • Torsion Springs – This is a tubular spring that is located above the door near the opener. As the door opens and closes, this spring expands and contracts to help bear the weight.
  • Garage Door Track – Don’t forget the track that the rollers run along. Before lubricating, be sure to clean any dust or dirt away.

How Often to Lubricate These Parts

Lubricating a garage door need not be a weekly task. Instead it can be done every six months, but should be done at least every year. If you notice that your garage door is louder than normal or produces a rattling noise, you may want to lubricate the door. However, if the noise persists, something more serious may be wrong.

If you want more tips on garage door lubrication, or need help with repair for a broken garage door, contact us today.