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Choosing the Right Garage Door Lubricant

08/27/2017

LubeTo keep your garage door operating smoothly, you should apply a light coating of lubricant to metal garage door parts like springs and hinges a few times a year. This little step can save you hundreds of dollars in garage door repairs by helping to prevent rust build-up and other problems. But how often you lubricate your garage door isn’t the only thing that’s important – what you use to lubricate it also matters.

Most homeowners mistakenly rely on the universal WD-40 to lubricate their garage. Unfortunately, WD-40 is one of the worst things you could apply to your door. WD-40 is a solvent that strips away rust, dirt, grime, and lubrication. If you need to clean a metal part, WD-40 works great. However, you will need to apply a lubricant after using WD-40 otherwise you’ll be left with metal-on-metal contact that could wear out your garage door parts quickly.

Here at Sac’s Garage Door Repair Company, we recommend using one of the following: white lithium grease or silicone spray. Both lubricants are well-suited for use on garage door springs, hinges, and other metal parts. Be sure to only apply a light coating of lubricant, as excess could lead to a build-up of grime which will seize up your parts.

Garage Door Replacement: When Is It Time for a New Panel?

In general, most garage door systems can last a long time. This is particularly true if you continue to maintain them through frequent inspections and part lubrication. How long your door lasts depend on if you followed the manufacturers recommended care instructions and the quality of the door and parts. A good sign that you need a new garage door panel is when there is significant rust, dents, or other forms of damage to the interior or exterior of the panel. Another potential reason you may want a replacement is to reduce your homes heating and cooling cost. Insulated options are available that can significantly improve your energy bill.

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