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Garage Door Track Lubrication: Yes or No?

11/20/2017

Should You Lubricate Garage Door TracksSome garage door owners apply grease, oil, or some other form of lubricant to their garage door tracks, thinking that it’ll help smooth operation.

Unfortunately, this isn’t a good idea for a few reasons:

1) Grease or oil attracts dust and grime which could ultimately clog up your track.

2) The track isn’t made for lubricant. Applying it could result in a garage door off track.

However, what you can do is clean the track with a cloth or use WD-40. Just make sure to wipe off the WD-40 after cleaning – you don’t want any residual lubricant on the track.

The thing to keep in mind with WD40 is it can cause the parts of your garage door to wear out prematurely. That’s why we always recommend using an approved garage door lubricant to lubricate all parts of the garage door. And yes, you should use an approved lubricant on all moving parts — the hinges, springs, wheels. It will help your garage door open more smoothly and help it to last longer.

Give us a call. We can recommend a perfect garage door lubricant that’s a much safer alternative to WD40.

Garage Door Repair: How to Fix a Sagging Garage Door with Tension Rods

If you have a sagging garage door that is getting harder to open, you could try repairing the garage door before outright buying a new one. Garage doors are subject to gravity like the rest of us, especially the older models. You can try squaring them with tension rods positioned at the back of the door. You can place the tension rods from top to bottom corners, tightened at the turnbuckle to straighten out the door. Wait a couple of days to allow the door to adjust to the new support. Your door might already have tension rods in place that just need to be tightened. Otherwise, you can buy them at most hardware stores.

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