Lubrication: Protect Your Garage Door This Winter

October 25th, 2010

Autumn and winter are not good seasons for your garage door. Cold air, rain and snow all contribute to to processes of rusting and decay which can render you garage door both unsightly and unsafe. Conducting a few routine maintenance checks and cleaning rituals can, however, save you a great deal of time and money in the long run. Today I’ll explain the importance of lubrication.

1) Weather Strips

Highly important for keeping the elements out of your garage and protecting the mechanism of the garage door, your weather strips should be well maintained over the cold and wet seasons. Clear them every week or two and lubricate them every couple of months. Whatever you do, don’t use a petrol-based lubricant because it’ll ruin them – stick to silicone-based stuff.

2) Hardware

In case you hadn’t had enough lubrication with the weather strips, you really should lubricate your hardware every couple of months as well – especially in the cold seasons when rust can ruin your door mechanism. Make sure to lubricate all the moving parts thoroughly; hinges, rollers and tracks included. Use a cloth to lubricate the springs as well (this is a good tip if your door is making a horrendous noise when it opens and closes. Bear in mind not to marinade the parts in oil – wipe off any excess!

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